Foil Embellishment Techniques: Tips for Success

Nothing adds a shot of excitement or glamour to your quilt art faster than foil.

Foil Embellishment Quilt
Something spooky: ‘Poison Bottle’, 12″ x 9″ by Cheryl Sleboda, uses foil embellishment.

Foiling is one of the easiest embellishment techniques, but there are a few tricks for success:

1. Choose an adhesive. Selecting the right adhesive for foiling is critical to your success. There are different types of adhesives including spray, hot melt, liquid, and fusibles, among others. Experiment to decide which is best for your project.

2. Choose a fabric. Smooth, tightly woven fabrics are best for achieving a smooth, even result.

3. Apply the adhesive correctly. Liquid adhesives have a consistency similar to that of fabric paints, and you can apply them in the same way, using stamps, stencils, through silk Thermofax® screens, or directly onto the fabric with a brush. However, be careful to spread the adhesive evenly to avoid irregular application of the foil.

4. Remind yourself to “see the color.” The tendency when applying the foil is to put the right–or color/shiny–side down on top of the adhesive. But you actually want to put the color side up, facing you, so the adhesive sticks to the back of the foil sheet and the shiny side of the foil stays on top.

To help you take the guesswork out of foiling–and get your shine on–we’ve put together a kit with all you need to create foil fabric embellishments. Our exclusive Foil Embellishment Kit–available for a limited time–includes foil, adhesives, and instructions for how to use foil as an embellishment in your quilts.
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