I have lots of Organza bags left over from when I used to sell my Jewellery, so I decided to pretty some up with craft foil. I had a small anniversary gift to wrap and an organza bag would be the perfect size. Given the time of the year it would make a great Valentine Gift Bag too.
Craft Foil* | Burnishing tool: back of teaspoon or other smooth metal object | Double sided Sticky Sheets | Organza or fabric Bag | Sheet of Baking Paper (optional) | Suitable design to use with your Cutting Machine | Exacto Knife | Cutting Machine -not pictured! |
*There are lots of brands of foil out there on the market but I bought the Jonestone Brand available at my local craft shop. I’d forgotten that I already had some Renaissance Foil stored in the shed that I’d bought years ago. Doh! (no affiliation with either product by the way!)
No cutting Machine?: Stay tuned for a future post on decorating the bags with foil but without a cutting machine!
How I Did it.
- Select design: I chose this Cupid design from The Graphics Fairy. I imported the jpeg into my Silhouette software and traced the outline only. I did simplify the design just a little by right clicking and choosing “simplify” from the Edit points menu.
- I cut the design from a sheet of double sided adhesive using the pre set in the software for Silhouette Double sided Adhesive. (Blade 4, Speed , Thickness 33) I was hoping for a “kiss cut” but it cut throught all the layers completely.
- I separated the bottom layer of protective paper – this was a little fiddly to start but I used the tip of my exacto to lift a corner carefully and once that was done, the rest peeled off easily. I applied the shape to the bag sticky side down. At this stage the top protective paper was still in place.
- Burnish! I burnished really well. As the fabric has an open weave, it will help the adhesive to stick. Using the baking paper on top helped my spoon glide over when burnishing. If it’s not burnished well at this stage, when the foil is removed later it could pull off the adhesive too.
- I removed the top layer of protective paper with my exacto as before and stuck a piece of foil (shiny side up) on the now sticky shape – Then I burnished some more….and more..
- I carefully pulled back the foil to reveal my shiny gold cupid! Any missed bits can be patched up by reappyling a fresh piece of foil over those bits.
I made a second bag with a smaller Cupid too….
I can see lots of potential for using the foil to decorate for all sorts of occasions. Watch out for my upcoming post for decorating the bags with no cutting machine required!
Oh, I just want to mention that these aren’t washable, but that was fine for my purposes. If you want something you can wash then I’d recommend the Heat Transfer Vinyl that can be ironed on – it comes in metallic colours too.
This post is part of “The Silhouette Challenge” where fellow blogging friends participate in a monthly challenge to create a new project with their Silhouette Machine.
This month’s Silhouette Challenge Theme was “Fabric”. The rules were pretty flexible – as long as we used fabric and our Silhouette Cutting Machines we were good to go! It was a great relief to me that I didn’t have to sew anything though, as I’m not sure if I could stand to move all the stuff in the cupboard that is hiding my trusty and dusty sewing machine!
Please join me and check out the links below!
Here’s a little preview to tempt you…..
- No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
- No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
- Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
- Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
- Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
- DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
- Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
- Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
- Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
- Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
- Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
- Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
- Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
- Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
- Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
- “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
- Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
- Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
- Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
- “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
- DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
- Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered ◄ You are here!
- Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
- Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
- Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
- Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
- DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
- Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
- Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
- DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
- Birthday Challenge by Fadville
- Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
- Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
- “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
- Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
- Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
- Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
- Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
- Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
- Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
- Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
- Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
- Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
- Teddy Bear by Work in Progress
PS: I have a brand new Facebook page if you’d like to take a little look!
Dee @ From Wine to Whine says
I never realized that’s how the craft foil works! How cool!! Nice job 🙂
Thanks Dee, This is the first time I’ve used it with Double sided adhesive. When I used it many moons ago I used to with a special glue.
Never have seen the foil either before! So fun!
Thanks Robyn. It was easy too 🙂
Glenna Anderson says
Your bag turned out great! I never knew about the “simplify” option. I really need to take a class. lol Love the look of the foil.