Metallic Foil Transfer Pillow Project

You may have seen these cuties before: they’re on the cover of our Dec/Jan issue of Sew News. The Deer Me pillows (by Amanda Niederhauser) are, in my humble opinion, the epitome of great holiday decor: they’re merry, modern AND they can work well past the holidays, perfect for a cozy winter vibe in January and beyond. Using foil transfer sheets and adhesive sheets, it’s easy to add a touch of metallic shimmer to your home sewing projects.SN1801 Deer Me 755x1024 Metallic Foil Transfer Pillow Project


Supplies listed are enough to create two pillows.

  • 1 yard of neutral linen/cotton blend fabric
  • 5” & 10” square of lightweight plaid fabric
  • Therm O Web Mylar-backed gold foil & hot melt adhesive sheets
  • Paper-backed double-sided fusible web
  • Two 22”-long invisible zippers
  • Parchment paper
  • 12”x20” rectangle & 20” square pillow forms
  • All-purpose thread
  • Invisible zipper foot or standard zipper foot


Download  the deer and applique templates free until Jan. 31, 2018. (After that, you can find them at!)

From the neutral fabric, cut two 12”x20” rectangles for the small pillowcase front and back and two 20” squares for the large pillowcase front and back.

Using the templates, trace one left-facing deer, one right-facing deer and one deer head onto the Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets. If the design is larger than the sheet, abut additional sheets as needed; tape to secure. Cut out each design.

Position the rectangle front panel right side up on a flat work surface. Position the two deer right side up over the panel, centering them within the rectangle and facing the center. Fuse the deer to the panel following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Once completely cooled, carefully remove the paper backing.

Position one piece of gold foil slightly larger than the deer right side up over one deer. Place a piece of parchment paper over the foil. Using a medium-heat iron, press the foil over the Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets following the manufacturer’s instructions. To prevent foil distortion, press using a straight up and down motion. If the design is larger than the foil sheet, overlap multiple foil sheets.

Once completely cool, carefully remove the foil from the design perimeter following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Repeat to apply foil to the remaining deer on the rectangle and square front panels.

TIP: Don’t iron over the foil once applied to the fabric to prevent bubbles and ripples.

Use 1/2” seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Using the templates, trace the tree and bowtie onto the fusible-web paper backing. Cut out each 1/4” beyond the design perimeter.

Position the tree design paper side up over the large plaid-square wrong side. Fuse following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Once cool, cut out along the traced perimeter. Remove the paper backing.

Repeat to create the bowtie appliqué.

Position the tree over the rectangle front panel right side, centering it between the two deer. Cover the front panel with a piece of parchment paper. Fuse following the manufacturer’s instructions, being careful not to touch either deer with the iron.

Position the bowtie over the deer head, centering it over the deer neck. Cover the front panel with a piece of parchment paper. Fuse, being careful not to touch the deer with the iron and securing the bowtie just enough for stitching.

Edgestitch the tree and bowtie perimeter using coordinating or contrasting thread.

Position the rectangle front panel right side up on a flat work surface. Position one zipper tape edge over the front-panel lower edge with right sides together, extending each zipper short end 1” beyond the panel sides; pin.

Mark the zipper 2 1/2” from each side edge. Open the zipper. Baste the zipper 1/4” from the edge.

Install an invisible zipper foot onto the machine. Stitch the zipper, beginning and ending at the marks. If using a standard zipper foot, roll the zipper teeth open and stitch as close to the zipper teeth as possible.

Close the zipper. Position the opposite zipper-tape edge over the back-panel lower edge with right sides together, aligning the front and back panel sides; pin.

Mark 2 1/2” from each side edge on the zipper. Open the zipper. Stitch the zipper to the back panel.

Close the zipper. Align the front and back panel zipper edges with right sides together; pin.

With the zipper foot installed, stitch from one panel side to 1/2” beyond the end of the zipper stitching line, as close to the zipper teeth as possible but below the zipper stitching line. Make sure the zipper tape ends are away from the seam allowances and backstitch at the beginning and end.

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Position the front and back panels right side up on a pressing surface. Press the invisible zipper seam flat. Trim the zipper ends beyond the panel edges. Partially open the zipper.

Stitch the front and back panels with right sides together along the sides and upper edge.

Insert the pillow form through the zipper opening.

Repeat to install an invisible zipper on the rectangle pillowcase.

TIP: If you don’t have a pillow form, make a simple muslin pillowcase and fill it with polyester fiberfill.



TOW Deco Foil Giveaway 300x264 Metallic Foil Transfer Pillow Project

Three creative Sew News fans will each receive an amazing variety of Deco Foil™ products for fabric including no-heat-required Deco Foil™ Liquid Adhesive, iron-on Deco Foil™ Hot Melt Adhesive and 6 beautiful metallic shades of Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets: Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Champagne, Copper and Pewter. As a bonus, each winner will receive the new HeatnBond® Soft Stretch™ hem tape designed especially for stretch fabrics; available in sewable Lite and no-sew Ultra formulas. Retail value: $50+

Three winners will be chosen from comments received by Sunday, December 10, at midnight (MST) (open to US residents only). We’ll randomly pick the winners from among the commenters, who will be notified Monday, December 11. (If chosen as a winner, you will be contacted to provide your mailing address in order to receive the prize. If you don’t respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.)

In the comment field below, answer us this: Do you make new holiday home decor every year or stick with your favorite pieces from years gone by?


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34 Responses to Metallic Foil Transfer Pillow Project

  1. CAROL FOLAN-dusablon says:

    I try to make a new project every year. This year a made a santa suit photo display hanger

  2. Amy Tikalsky says:

    I love Sew News magazine. I have a lot of handmade Christmas decorations, but always seem to make more each year. I keep some, and gift many also. I love the pillows in your magazine this year !

  3. Kathleen Hackney says:

    I like to add at least one new winter home decor project to the mix. It makes me happy to see what I’ve completed over the years with techniques new to me.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Each year I make a couple of new things to add to my holiday decor. I’d love to have a house full of handmade bright colored items that I love within the next 10 years. This year I made a wreath that will be used many years.

  5. Brenda B says:

    So pretty. I love these pillows. Just my style. Oh, how I would love to be the winner. Merry Christmas to all. I will make these pillows for sure.

  6. Bonita Anderson says:

    I cherish my vintage decorations, so I have mostly the same from year to year, but add items now and then– including those I make!

  7. Linda Hamlin says:

    I try to make one or two new holiday decorations every year. It helps keep the old noodle sharp.

  8. Livivua Chandler says:

    I mostly stick with what I have but I occasionally get a new piece a year

  9. Cheryl says:

    I like to try new things for my home or gifts every year.

  10. Leslie Rowe says:

    Little of both, depends on whats going on that year. I’d love to make this project!!

  11. Jennifer H. says:

    The holidays are a time for remembering the past and looking forward to the future. I put out the old decor to remember and honor the past, and I make new so I have something to remember in the future.

  12. Terri C says:

    I do try to add new every year. Sometimes I pass the old on so someone else can enjoy it and make room for the new.

  13. carol Denning says:

    I keep the same stockings year to year but do like to change up the pillows and lamp shades. The deer look amazing!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. Christi says:

    I guess I use my standard but sometimes I do make something new that I see.

  15. Debbie Chenoweth says:

    I keep the old deco out but do add on new items as I see them or make them. I love this look of application.

  16. Joy says:

    I make something new every few years, but mostly make things for others.
    Love this deco foil !

  17. Bianca S says:

    I am a sentimental fool. I keep the old and add new handmade pieces each year.

  18. Ruth says:

    Many years bring memories from the past creations
    New memories made each year by adding fun
    holidays creations made with family
    Making for each other is a Joy

  19. Martha Hall says:

    Love this prject!

  20. Carolyn Hauber says:

    I’m a traditionalist. I use the same decorations every year. Occasionally I add something new that I’ve made. These pillows would be great as a new addition!

  21. Saundra Bowers says:

    I normally stick with my favorite pieces, but when a great pattern or idea comes along, I have to make it and then end up giving it as a gift.

  22. Michelle Pancoast says:

    Not every year but do make present

  23. Michelle Pancoast says:

    Not every year but do make presents

  24. Michelle Pancoast says:

    Not every year . I do try to make present

  25. Jane H. says:

    I try to make a few changes to my table but look forward to the tradition of the old decorations. I love the pillow and reindeer.

  26. Carol says:

    Not usually, but if I win, I would definitely make those pillows!

  27. Kathy E. says:

    I try to make at least one new piece every year for my holiday collection. This year I am making a new table runner for the dining room table. I’d like to have a box of hand-made treasures to decorate with and someday pass down to my kids. I’ve never worked with Deco Foil and would love to create something beautiful with it!

  28. Phyllis Phipps says:

    Don’t make new every year. Just every few years you need change

  29. Kathi Kivi says:

    I love to use our vintage Christmas decorations but I also try to craft something new every year too. These pillows would be great. They say winter more than Christmas making them useful for months.

  30. Roxanne Ross says:

    I don’t make new decorations every year, but I try to make something for each family member. I thought this project looked easy enough as I am usually skrunched for time.

  31. Susan Winnie says:

    Love this project

  32. Cathi M says:

    We stick with mostly old favorites but seem to add a new piece or two every year. Keeps it fresh!

  33. Anna Stowe says:

    I don’t make new things every year but these would look great all year round not just at Christmas

  34. Sherry Rinaldi says:

    I try to change up a few decorations each year. This year I made made new outdoor wreaths. I think some new pillows would be would be just perfect on my sofa!