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!
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
- Heat transfer material – 2 colors
- 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 some 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. 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!)
*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 was recommended, but like I said…I learned the hard way!
*Don’t forget to mirror your image! Especially if your design incorporates text! In my Silhouette software, 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. (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!