Save the money you would've spent on a designer pillow with this glam DIY dupe! It's the perfect accent to brighten up your neutral couch or add a splash of color to an all-white bedding theme. And if you've never used this kind of iron-on transfer before (it's super easy), you're about to discover a fave new craft technique!
Gold Foil Pillow
What You Need
- 18x18-inch velvet pillowcase
- 18x18-inch pillow insert
- 2.6-inch triangle hole punch
- iCraft Deco Foil transfer sheets in gold
- iCraft Deco Foil hot melt adhesive
- Parchment paper
1. Cut Out the Shapes from the Adhesive
To get your on-point pillow design started, slide a white Deco Foil hot melt adhesive sheet into the triangle hole punch. Punch out as many triangles as you’d like for your design (we opted for 10).
2. Iron On the Adhesive
The adhesive won’t be activated until you iron it, so use this time to play with your design. Do you want clean rows of triangles? Or maybe you’re looking for a more intricate design? For this tutorial, we went with a simple line of triangles along opposite ends of the pillow.
After deciding on your design, place the shapes onto the fabric with the adhesive (the rough side) face down. Then set your iron to the “silk/wool” setting and make sure that the steam function is turned off. Run the iron over the adhesive paper shapes, ensuring that each shape gets about 30 seconds of direct heat.
In our photos we ironed directly on the adhesive shapes, but If you're concerned about your fabric getting burned, you can lay parchment paper over the shapes for a buffer. You'll find the parchment included in the Deco Foil packet.
Once you're done ironing, let the adhesive cool.
3. Remove Adhesive Backing
When the materials are cool to the touch, peel off the white liner to expose the adhesive design. If you’re having a hard time picking up the corner of the liner, try bending the fabric a little to slightly separate the liner so that you can grab hold of it.
4. Gild Your Design
Cut a piece of the gold foil transfer sheet a little larger than your adhesive design area. Place the foil over the design with the gold side facing up, and cover with parchment paper. Slowly iron over the parchment paper, applying pressure, for roughly 30 seconds.
Want a slightly distressed look? Crinkle up the gold foil before ironing it on. Rather than creating a smooth, gold sheen, you’ll get more of a textured, gold leaf effect.
5. Reveal Your Design
Now comes the really fun part. After you’re finished ironing, remove the parchment paper and allow everything to cool. Then peel the foil transfer sheet away from the adhesive design.
Slip your pillow insert into your pillowcase and enjoy! (And if your pillow ever gets dirty, just hand-wash it in cold water; the foil can handle a gentle dip.)
Photos by Alison Caporimo
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