Hi friends! Today I am sharing the tutorial for this super cute and easily adaptable gold glitter burlap banner. If you don’t have anything to celebrate, how about we start with celebrating how many new colors and textures Silhouette has in their stock of Heat Transfer Materials. This gold glitter heat transfer material fell right in to my swoon category upon opening it, and only went up from there as I added it to my project.
1. I began this project by precutting (by hand) the pennant triangle shapes. I used my CAMEO to cut a cardstock template of the pennant size I wanted by creating a triangle in Silhouette Studio. Burlap is so messy as it is, so there was zero percent chance I was going to even put it on my cutting mat. So, a cardstock template, metal ruler and a rotary cutter it was! Whatever does the job, right?
2. In Silhouette Studio, using a font of your choice, (I used SNF Lollihop from the Silhouette Design Store) spell out the name or phrase going on your banner. With the name selected, use the bottom corner handle to enlarge the letters until they fit within your pennant shape.
3. Once you have your design sized, keep the name selected and choose the “Ungroup” option at the bottom of the Studio workspace. Ungrouping the name will allow you to arrange the letters individually within the size of your heat transfer material.
4. With your newly arranged letters all selected, select to group the letters together once again. Before you can cut your design out, it is important that you mirror it first. In the “Replicate” window, choose “Mirror Right” – You can now either delete the original letters/shapes, or move them off the active cut space. When you send your letters to cut, they will appear backwards on the screen. Do not skip this step or your letters will all iron in reverse.
5. Load your heat transfer material (glossy plastic side down) into your CAMEO or Portrait and adjust your cut settings and blade. I set mine to Heat Transfer Material (Flocked), with a #3 blade.
5. Using the hook tool, weed out the extra material in and around the individual letters.
6. Cut the letters apart and iron them on one by one onto your burlap pennant pieces. The directions for the glitter heat transfer material (found on the back of the box) advise:
- With the clear plastic sheet facing up, position the design onto the surface of your fabric project. The design should no longer appear reversed.
- Place a cloth (I used an old cut up tshirt) over the design and apply firm pressure with a heated iron for 45-60 seconds. IMPORTANT: Do not set iron to more than 300 degrees (typical cotton setting)
7. Use twine to string your banner. I anchored either side of the name on mine with little gold glittered hearts to balance it out.
The window light made the right half of this banner appear far more glittery than the left side, but in person F-e-y is all legible. There are so many different ways a simple banner like this could be altered. After all, Silhouette offers such a variety of Heat Transfer Material in ranges of color, texture, and shine. From weddings to baby showers, to even holiday decor, you can adapt this tutorial to your next party or event!