Heat Transfer Wall Art Tutorial

Chevron is out and quatrefoil is in…at least here in my corner of the crafty world!

I’m loving this simple wall art I created for my office using heat transfer materials. In fact, I love it so much I’m already making more. If you’re a friend of mine with a birthday coming any time soon, don’t be surprised if you find one of these wrapped up and tagged from me!

The how-to is below, but just a few notes first:

1. The piece was made using heat transfer materials from Silhouette, which are their featured products this month.

2. As usual, machines bundled with heat transfer materials (in this case, Silhouette’s heat transfer starter kit) are on sale.

3. ALL HEAT TRANSFER MATERIALS FROM SILHOUETTE ARE BUY ONE GET ONE FREE! You know I’m stocking up on all my favorite colors! And this includes printable heat transfer material!

So if you’d like to get shopping right away, head over to this page on the Silhouette site and use promo code STITCHES to get your discount.

More details on the sale are also at the bottom of this post, after the wall art how-to!

Oh! Did I forget to mention there’s a giveaway at the end of this post, too? Yup! There’s a Silhouette Portrait™ up for grabs! GOOD LUCK!!! 


Nikki, In Stitches


  • Blank canvas
  • Washi tape or any other “not too sticky” kind of tape to use just for marking
  • 16″ square piece of fabric
  • Silhouette heat transfer material – 2 colors
  • Silhouette cutting system
  • Spray adhesive
  • Staple gun and staples

Just a tip here before we get started! You can use any type of background fabric you like. The only restriction is that Silhouette heat transfer material does not adhere to nylon. Any other type of fabric, and you’re good to go!

What makes me love this project even a bit more, is that the background fabric I used, was actually just a plain old white cloth napkin I picked up from Target. I found a pack of 12 for I think $9. I created a stencil (yes, with my CAMEO) and just painted the quatrefoil design on it! When you can’t find the perfect fabric to use for a project…make it yourself!

1. Find the center of your background fabric. Use washi tape to mark out exactly how big your canvas is. This will give you a better idea of the placement of each of your pieces.

2. Following the directions provided by Silhouette, cut your first design and adhere it to your fabric. (My first layer was a flower that you can find here in the Silhouette Online Store! It took some patience to weed, but was totally worth it!)

A few notes here:
*Silhouette has a few great video tutorials that answer any questions you may have about cutting and adhering your heat transfer materials. You can find them here:
Smooth Heat Transfer Video Tutorial From Silhouette

Flocked Heat Transfer Video Tutorial From Silhouette

Printable Heat Transfer Video Tutorial From Silhouette (For Dark Colored Fabrics)

Printable Heat Transfer Video Tutorial From Silhouette (For Light Colored Fabrics)

*Practice first! Definitely cut a small shape (something simple like a circle or a single letter) and do a dry run of adhering your design to your fabric. It will save you a lot of stress…and unfortunately I know this from experience. My iron must run a lot hotter than it says it does, because I burned my first heat transfer design. After some playing, I realized I didn’t need to heat set each piece for quite as long as Silhouette recommends, but like I said…I learned the hard way!

*Don’t forget to mirror your image! Especially if your design incorporates text! To mirror the image, select your design. Go up to the top of left nav bar in the Silhouette software. Select “Object,” then “Transform,” and then “Mirror Options.” From there, a sidebar will appear on the right of your screen. Select “Mirror Right.” A new, mirrored image of your design will appear. Delete the original! Cut the mirrored design!

3. Continue adhering the remainder of your designs, again following the directions provided by Silhouette. (My second layer was simply the letter N in the Sacramento font. The Sacramento font does not come in your Silhouette software, but you can find it online for free and just download it from there!)

4. Adhere your fabric to your blank canvas. First spray the canvas front with spray adhesive. Then use the washi tape to align the center of your fabric on the canvas. Once you have it in place, and any wrinkles smoothed out, wrap the fabric around to the back of the canvas, and use a staple gun to keep it in place.

It really is a simple project, right? And the possibilities are endless. You could do a really big canvas with a saying on it. You could do a cluster of smaller canvasses that kind of fit together to make one large design. You could do a set for your family…one canvas per person, a silhouette of them in the center, their first initial in the corner.

I like each of these ideas better than the last!

So who’s ready for sale details?

All heat transfer materials are Buy One Get One Free with promo code STITCHES.

For every Silhouette heat transfer product you buy, you can get another one (of equal or lesser value) free. This offer includes smooth and flocked heat transfer material, printable heat transfer material, and the heat transfer starter kit. Plus, you can mix-and-match however you like!

Silhouette Portrait™ Heat Transfer Starter Bundle: $129.99 (MSRP: $219.98)

Bundle includes:

  • Silhouette Portrait™ electronic cutting tool
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 8 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • Portrait instructional DVD
  • Heat transfer starter kit:
    -3 sheets of smooth heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of black, teal, dark pink)
    -2 sheets of flocked heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of white and yellow)
    -Silhouette hooK
    -Exclusive download card good for 10 heat transfer designs
    -Idea booklet and instruction guide
    -Heat Transfer Instructional DVD

Silhouette CAMEO® Heat Transfer Starter Bundle: $269.99 (MSRP: $339.98)

Bundle includes:

  • Silhouette CAMEOSilhouette®
  • CAMEO® electronic cutting tool Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 12 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • CAMEO instructional DVD
  • Heat transfer starter kit:
    -3 sheets of smooth heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of black, teal, dark pink)
    -2 sheets of flocked heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of white and yellow)
    -Silhouette hooK
    -Exclusive download card good for 10 heat transfer designs
    -Idea booklet and instruction guide
    -Heat Transfer Instructional DVD

Ready to start shopping?

And be sure to use promo code STITCHES to get your discount!

This offer is only good from 4/4/13 to 6/15/13!

And for those of you looking for the giveaway….here you go!!

Entering the giveaway couldn’t be easier! Just use the Rafflecopter app below. This giveaway is open to US residents only! (If you’re viewing this post in your email or through an email reader and can’t see the Rafflecopter box below, click here to be taken directly to the Nikki, In Stitches site.)

Here is exactly what the winner will receive:

  • Silhouette Portrait™ electronic cutting tool
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • 50 exclusive cuttable designs
  • Power cable, USB cable
  • 8″ cutting mat
  • Cutting blade
  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
  • Basic Instruction Guide

PLUS, I’m adding in my Intro To Your CAMEO class for free!
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55 Responses to Heat Transfer Wall Art Tutorial

  1. Amy Bohner says:

    Love all of your ideas. Hope to win the heat transfer package so I can start making wall hangings for family and friends.

  2. Nancy says:

    Would love to add this to my crafting arsenal!

  3. Jennifer R. says:

    A friend has the Cameo, and she makes the most amazing things. I would love the opportunity to win!!! I love the things you show on the blog.I most likely would make something for my grand-daughters as a first project!

  4. Erica says:

    I’ve never used one but would love to have one for my expanding business. I’d make wall art with it.

  5. Sherry Dornblaser says:

    I have a little experience with the Cameo. They both look like they have lots of craft possibilities. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Meg Karetny says:

    I would love to start making fun fabric jewelry, new home decor for my new house & now working on fun new tote designs 🙂 Thanks for this!!!

  7. Mary says:

    Fingers crossed!! 😀

  8. Rose Powell says:

    There’s a lot of buzz about the silhouette and I’d just love to opportunity to sample one, being that I LOVE crafting, this sounds like a must have!

  9. Lauren storer says:

    Pick me please!!!

  10. Terrie says:

    I love the wall art you created! I’m really liking quatrefoil right now, too 🙂 I haven’t used any cutting systems, yet, but I would love too!! I’d use the Portrait for making cards and decorations and I’d also try cutting fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Dena Randall says:

    OMG!! This is the cutest project!! I would LOVE to win this and get started making LOTS! Thanks!!

  12. Amy Cooley says:

    Haven’t used one before, but would be great for all the teacher treats I make during the year.

  13. Karen Hutzler says:

    Love all the tutorials. Would love to have a Portrait to follow along!

  14. Donna O'Neil says:

    I love my Cameo! I love using the design studio. I am able to use my svg files with it.

  15. Joni Roberts says:

    I have never used a silhouette but I want to!! If I won the first thing I would create is party decorations and favor boxes!! Then I would create all of the great tutorials you post:-)

  16. gaby says:

    I Haven’t used a Silhouette before. My first project would definitely be your Wall Art tutorial. This is such an awesome giveaway- thanks Nikki and Silhouette.

  17. Jean Brittingham says:

    Oh just to think of the projects I could do if I won this!!

  18. Nancy says:

    Would love to win… this looks very interesting and have seen many references to using it.


  19. Quinna B says:

    thanks for the giveaway I love reading your blog! I think the first thing I would make is more wall art for my house and then start on Christmas gifts for family!

  20. I would love to make appliques for my quilts!

  21. Sandra says:

    Dying to try some iron vinyl transfer! Thanks for the chance!

  22. Lynn Pagans says:

    I have never used a Silhouette, but LOVE all things that it can do. And your blog has the coolest ideas. As a working mom, I could use this in so many ways: for my home, for my daughter, for her school, and even for my office. The first thing I would make would be something for my daughter’s room- maybe a wall hanging. Thanks for all of the ideas and the giveaways!

  23. Amy says:

    There are so many things I would love to try if I win this. I’m not sure what would be first, probably something for my kids!

  24. Love the quatrefoil! Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. Ellen Casper says:

    I have never used one – would love to make labels for pantry items.

  26. Danielle Wilson says:

    I’d love one of these!!

  27. cheryl says:

    Love your page

  28. Theresa says:

    I have been wanting one of these for a long, long time!! There are so many things I would like to try making–t-shirts, tote bags, oh the possibilities!!

  29. Vanessa B says:

    nope but I have an older smaller one from the other company so I know Id love this one! Thanks!!!

  30. Angie says:

    I have not used a cameo before, but heard alot about them, would love to win, thanks for the chance:)

  31. Andrea Nelson says:

    I would love to make onesies!

  32. Elizabeth says:

    I am absolutely IN LOVE with the Silhouette machines – particularly the heat transfer products! This could be life changing! I’d love to be able to make personalized gifts for others (and myself obviously)! It would be purely fabulous!

  33. Laura says:

    I have not used a Silhouette yet. I would love the chance! I saw a monogram on the glass of a picture frame that was backed with decorator fabric. I would love to give it a try. I also have seen many baby projects, and I’m a new grandma. Oh the fun I could have!

  34. Elena T says:

    I don’t have a Sillhouette and see so many projects I want to do that need one! First I want to make some signs for my daughter

  35. Monica Gardea says:

    What amazing inspiration for so many projects on the Sillhouette! Good luck to everyone! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. aetiquette says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. There are so many projects fighting to be firsts, a personalised soft kitty T for me. Quiet book for the babe. Also wall art for the nursery. Hope to win.

  37. Karen Propes says:

    I would love to own one, if I did I could make t-shirts for my family and one for each holiday for the kiddies. I would love to make some wall hangings for my Granddaughters new bedroom. I would love to make a lot of things, my lists seems endless. Thank you for the chance to enter your fabulous giveaway.

  38. Jo says:

    Hey girl… =)
    My birthday just passed, it was on the 2nd.Do I get one of these lovely wall arts? I’d love to have one!!! Just sayin~…hehe… and thanks for sharing the tutorial, great one! And of course, thanks for the chance to win! You closer to having that beautiful baby yet? I bet you cannot wait for Sept to get here =)


  39. Robyn S. says:

    I’m hoping to win one! I really want to try the print and cut feature of the Portrait.

  40. Mary Corley says:

    Hoping I win the fabulous machine.

  41. Lindsay says:

    Great tutorial and giveaway! I love the design of your custom
    “fabric.” The gray quaterfoil design is great. I would love to win the Silhouette to work on projects for the new house we will be moving into this summer!

  42. Angela Yeremenko says:

    I would love to win one! I would make some vinyl wall art.

  43. Alexandra Williams says:

    I would love to make a shirt that says “I <3 Ar!"

  44. Emily says:

    I’ve never used one, but can’t wait for the chance to try! Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. I would LOVE to win this! I would probably make some artwork for our new house first.

  46. I love love LOVE my Cameo!

  47. Traci says:

    Setting up a new craft room! This would be a great addition!

  48. Hope says:

    This looks so quick and easy. I own a Cameo and love to cut vinyl more than anything. I also love to precut my machine embroidery appliqués using the Cameo.

  49. Emily Hoffman says:

    Awesome idea! Love it!

  50. Shannon Chomanczuk says:

    I have never tried one but if i win I want to make something for my soon to be born baby’s wall. Pick me. Pick me. 🙂

  51. Kelly P says:

    I have never used one, but I have wanted one for ages!! I would love to make a “family rules” sign!

  52. Paula says:

    Great giveaway,thank you!

  53. Margaret says:

    I don’t have a Silhouette or anything similar, but am dyyyying for one!! So. Many. Projects. 😀 *crosses fingers

  54. Karen M says:

    Yes…I own a Cameo and would love to gift this to my very uncrafty daughter who is going out of state to college!
    She will need it to vinyl up her dorm room…trust me…she will!

  55. laura says:

    i have the cameo and LOVE it! Its sooo versatile (compared to my cricut). Would love to give my mom a portrait since she doesnt have a die cutter anymore.

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