Gold Iron On Vinyl Tutorial

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Gold Iron-On Vinyl using Silhouette Cameo

I have been wanting to try out this gold iron-on vinyl for months but to be honest, I was a little intimidated.  In the past, I have had my fair share of "iron-on" FAILURES, using my ink jet printer and t-shirts.  Still, I decided to give it a try.  I was so surprised that I didn't have any mishaps or hiccups along the way.  The foil worked perfectly and the pillow looks like it was professionally made.  This was such a fun project and it was very quick!  I made two pillows in a couple of hours and that includes all the design work, sewing and photographs.  Here's the other pillow I made...

I'm going to walk you through every step of this DIY project.  

The ENVELOPE PILLOW sewing tutorial can be found here.  
This DIY post only includes the gold iron-on portion of the project.

Affiliate - Read my Disclosure HERE.

First of all, I bought my gold iron-on from Happy Crafters.
They have many great products that I love using with my Silhouette Cameo.

Let's get started on the tutorial.
Start by opening a "new file" in Silhouette Software.  
I set my design page settings to 12 x 12 inches.

Go to 'library' and choose your design.. I used the 'echo park arrows' from the Silhouette store.

Choose 'object' tab and select 'ungroup'. 
Delete unwanted arrows.

Select "arrow"

Click 'object' tab and then click 'rotate', rotate 90 degrees clockwise.

Next, add text.
I used the font "dazzling diva" for the word HELLO.

I used the font "Aaargh" for BEAUTIFUL. 

From the 'Object' tab, I grouped all the text and arrow.
Then, I adjusted the size of the graphics to fill the screen.

 Now, it's time to flip the image.  
Go to 'object' tab, choose 'mirror' and then 'flip horizontally'.

Now open 'cut settings'

Choose 'Heat Transfer Material - Smooth'
Adjust your silhouette blade to a "3".

Send to Silhouette Machine.

Attach your foil to the Silhouette Cutting Mat.  Attach it gold side DOWN. 
Sorry, I don't have a photo of this step.

Choose "Cut" on your Silhouette Machine and Software.

After the machine has finished cutting the gold foil, remove the foil from your silhouette cutting mat. Now begin peeling away the "negative space" around your design, leaving only the part that you want to be ironed onto your pillow.

See (below) the clear sticky backing that is left behind with the design?

Mark the center of your fabric, as shown below, then remove the pillow insert.

Now place your design on the fabric.  
The design will adhere but it's not too sticky so you can move it around.

Place a towel on a hard surface and set your iron to HIGHEST HEAT with NO STEAM.

Press down with iron on the design for 30 seconds.  I moved the iron around so I didn't singe the white fabric.

Turn the fabric over and press the back side with your iron again for 30 seconds.

Remove iron and allow the design to cool completely.

Now, peel the design slowly.  

This is what it looks like after you have peeled away the transfer. (below)

Ta-da!  It's beautiful, right?

You can find the sewing tutorial for the envelope pillow cover HERE.

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