Deco Foil from Therm-o-Web is a fun product that can be used to add a little shimmer and shine to your projects. It can be used in all sorts of applications in scrapbooking – and of course it can also be used on fabric. This tutorial is all about how to use Deco Foil on fabric.
You will need:
- 1 sheet of Deco Foil
- 1 sheet of Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive
- A piece of fabric
- An iron set to medium heat (Wool/Silk setting), no steam
- A smallish (4″-6″ square) scrap of fabric
First, cut a shape from the Hot Melt Adhesive. I chose to do a monogram for my younger daughter, Jasmine, using my Silhouette Cameo and the Studio software to create a “J”. It turns out that chunkier fonts are better than skinny fonts – it’s really easy to tear the adhesive while cutting it.
In the Studio software, be sure to mirror the shape you are cutting:
Place the Hot Melt Adhesive paper side down on the cutting mat. The rough (adhesive) side should be up. Use a cutting mat that has been used several times before so that a lot of the stickiness is worn off. The adhesive is quite fragile when it’s been cut, so you want it to be as easy as possible to get it off the mat.
In the Studio cutting settings, I chose Copy Paper as the material to cut and modified the settings as follows:
- Set your blade at 2. I used a new blade (after mutilating several pieces of Hot Melt Adhesive when using an older blade!)
- Set Speed = 2
- Set Thickness = 20
After cutting a shape from the Hot Melt Adhesive, cut a piece of Deco Foil that is a little larger than your shape.
Position your shape on your fabric. I used a ruler to get an exact placement on my finished project.
Use your iron set to medium heat (Silk/Wool setting) to fuse the Hot Melt Adhesive in place. About 10 seconds of heat (apply in a circular motion to get full coverage) should work. Let the adhesive cool before removing the backing paper.
Place the Deco Foil over the adhesive and then cover the foil with a sheet of parchment paper. You will find a piece in the Hot Melt Adhesive package.
Using your iron at the same medium heat setting, press using a circular motion for 35-40 seconds. Use a fair amount of pressure on the iron – more than for regular pressing.
Let the adhesive cool. Lay the fabric on a hard surface and use the scrap of fabric to rub over the foil. Pay particular attention to the edges of the adhesive. The foil is attached to a transfer film – you’ll see it starting to lift off in places.
Carefully peel the foil transfer film away…
I highly recommend practicing a couple of times using some small scraps before working on your actual project. And make sure that your fabric doesn’t have any stray adhesive on it! As you can see in the photo below, I didn’t follow that instruction before I started and ended up with a little decoration on my J 🙁
I love the shine on the finished J!
Do you have to use Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive?
I was curious what would happen if I used my regular fusible webbing, Heat N Bond Lite, instead of the Hot Melt Adhesive. It turns out that the Hot Melt Adhesive is between Heat N Bond Lite and Heat N Bond Ultra in stickiness – and there is a solid layer of glue on the Hot Melt Adhesive. Heat N Bond Lite has an even layer of glue, but it is not full coverage, as you can see in the photo below.
This can be used to create a completely different effect with the Deco Foil. If you press the foil again, after removing the transfer film, the glossiness of the foil breaks up leaving a much more textured effect.
Be sure to read the next two posts to find out how I quilted my fabric using designs from the Transformation Quilting Collection, and how I transformed my quilted pieces into super cut zippered pockets. I love the results!
Leave me a comment below and tell me – which finish do you prefer – the shininess of the solid Deco Foil or the speckled shimmer of the twice pressed foil?