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Jacquelynne holiday tutorial shows us how to use Deco Foil, a fairly new product in the online quilting world. The product comes in a variety of colors and adds metallic shine to your projects. (The project can be completed with regular quilting cottons too, of course, if you’re managing your shine quotient.)
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Metallics are hot! Visit a number of retailers, or peruse Pinterest for a while, and you will likely see metallic accents on everything from clothing to housewares. I have been playing with a product, which I just love, called Deco Foil by Thermoweb. This product adds beautiful shimmer and sophistication to all kinds of fabric and paper projects. I am going to show you how I made this gorgeous quilted topper.
When I made my topper, I used one large (20 1/2”) piece of off-white fabric for the center. Another option is to cut four squares, each 10 1/2”, instead of one large square. You can use all the same fabric, or use two or four different fabrics if you want, and then sew them together after you’ve done your foiling. The advantage to this is that if you are new to using DecoFoil, you don’t have to worry about making a mistake on your large piece of fabric. If you mess up one of the smaller squares, you just have to re-do one smaller square, instead of re-doing the entire large square. While using Deco Foil is quite simple, I do recommend practicing first on some scrap fabric so you can get the feel for working with it, test your iron setting, etc.
The finished size of this topper is approximately 27” square. All seam allowances 1/4”.
- Thermoweb DecoFoil Transfer Sheets in gold and silver
- Pattern PDF + Instructions
- Thermoweb Hot Melt Adhesive
- Quilting Cottons:
– Off-White for center: 20 1/2” square (or, cut 4- 10 1/2” squares)
– Brown for borders:
+ 2 strips, each 2” x 20 1/2”
+ 2 strips, each 2” x 23 1/2”
+ 4 strips, each 2” x 25 1/2”
+ 4 squares, each 2”
– Assorted Red + Green scraps, cut into 96- 1 1/2” squares
– Red binding fabric: 1/3 yard
- Backing Fabric: 1 yard
- Batting: 34” square
- Fine Point Marker for Tracing Patterns
- Thread for Piecing + Quilting
- Sewing Machine, Iron, Basic Sewing Supplies
Trace the patterns onto the paper side of the adhesive sheets. (Note that you do not need to reverse the patterns, as you would with fusible appliqué.)
Cut the pieces out on the line. When cutting the “Noel” pieces, you may find it easier to use small sewing or manicure scissors, especially for the insides of the letters.
Preheat iron to Medium heat setting.
Arrange the holly leaf pieces ONLY, paper side up, on the corners of the off-white square. Leave a minimum of 1” from the edge of the adhesive pieces to the edge of the square.
For the four square option, arrange one set of holly leaves in one corner of each square.
Carefully place parchment paper (found in the package of adhesive sheets) over top of the pieces, taking care not to move them. Using a straight up and down motion, place the iron on the parchment paper and hold for a few seconds. Lift the iron and repeat in any remaining areas.
Once you’ve adhered the pieces using a straight up and down motion of the iron, you can move your iron around a little without worrying about moving the pieces out of place. Iron for about 30 seconds to completely adhere the pieces.
This next step is very important: be patient! Let the fabric and pieces cool completely. If you pull them up before they are completely cool, you may pull up some of the adhesive. I found this out the hard way!
Once completely cool, you can easily pull the paper off of the fabric. You will see a slight shadow of the pattern where the adhesive is.
Get a sheet of the Silver Deco Foil and place it shiny (color) side UP over top the adhesive holly leaf design. Be sure that the design is completely covered by the piece of foil.
Place a piece of parchment paper over top the foil, and iron for 30-40 seconds.
Again, be patient and wait until the foil is completely cool. Then carefully pull away the foil sheet, and you will find pretty, metallic holly leaves!
Now place the adhesive pattern pieces for the berries on the background fabric. Cut a piece of gold Deco Foil that is just big enough to cover the area of the berries and, following the instructions above, adhere them to the fabric. It is really important to be sure that the entire area is covered with parchment paper! Allowing the iron to come into direct contact with the foil can make the foil come up. I recommend trying as best you can to just heat the area of the berries, and avoid going over the previously foiled area (leaves), even with the parchment paper over top.
Don’t forget to wait for it to cool completely before pulling away the foil sheet!
Finally, cut a piece of Gold Deco Foil that is just large enough to cover “Noel.” Arrange “Noel” on the fabric and repeat, covering the area with parchment, and trying to avoid touching the rest of the design with your iron.
Now it’s time to assemble your topper!
If you’ve made four 10 1/2” squares, sew them together into pairs, and then sew the pairs together, so that the foiled designs are on the outer corners of the large square you’ve created. Your quilt center should be 20 1/2”.
Sew the 20 1/2” long brown border to two sides of the quilt center. Press seam allowance toward borders.
Sew the 23 1/2” brown borders to the remaining two sides of the quilt center. Press seam allowance toward borders.
Sew the red and green squares into two rows of 23 squares, and two rows of 25 squares. Press seam allowances to one side.
Sew the short row of squares to either side of the quilt center. Press seam allowance toward borders.
Sew the long row of squares to remaining sides of quilt center. Press seam allowance toward borders.
Sew two of the 25 1/2” brown borders to either side of the quilt.
Sew the 2” red squares to each end of the remaining brown borders. Press seam allowances toward red squares.
Sew borders to remaining sides of quilt. Press seam allowance toward borders.
Layer the quilt top with your batting and backing. Quilt as desired. Bind with red fabric.
That’s it! You can also try this technique for making festive place mats and wall hangings. If you want to see more I’ve created a video tutorial to show you how to use Deco Foil on fabric. This project will add beautiful shimmer to your holiday table, and it would make a wonderful gift!