Fabric Collage Tutorial Using Wool & Foil

Fabric Collage - Wool Collage
I just love the look of  these fabric collages. You can make them as small or as large as you like. Sometimes I have a project in mind and will cut the fabric piece to fit, and sometimes there is no project in mind and the piece gets put aside until the right project presents itself.

NOTE: These pieces are for use in mainly decorative projects, that won’t require a lot of washing.  We did a wash test by placing the fabric into a lingerie laundry bag and washing it in cold water on a delicate cycle.  The worked piece washed up really well. But again I wouldn’t recommend using it on something that needs to be washed a lot.

You can check out our video Tutorial on how to create a Fabric and Foil Collage here.

What you need:

  • A piece of fabric – cut to whatever size you need for your project.
  • Fusible web such as Mistyfuse
  • An assortment of wool – Scraps are fine.  So if you have leftover wool and ribbon pieces from previous projects then by all means use them up.
  • Heat Transfer Foil – This must be for use with fabric. We use Jones Tones.
  • Baking Paper 

Note: The Heat Transfer Foil used for scrapbooking paper will not work with this technique.

Method:

  • Cut the fusible web slightly smaller than your piece of fabric.
  • Place the fusible web on top of the fabric. Have the fabric facing right side up.

Fabric Collage Fusible Web

  • Place a piece of baking paper over the fabric and fusible web and iron on the baking paper.  DO NOT USE STEAM

Why do we use Baking Paper? Because the fusible web doesn’t stick to it. 

Fabric & Foil Collage

  • Let the piece cool slightly then carefully peel off the baking paper.
  • The fusible web will now be stuck to the fabric and you will also have a sticky surface to lay your wool on.

Fabric & Foil Colllage

  • Lay your pieces of wool on top of the sticky surface.
  • Do not overlap the wool as it will only stick to the places where there is fusible web and if you lay one piece of wool on top of another, it won’t stick and will flap around.

If you want to overlap the wool then you will need to do an extra step before adding the foil. (explained later)

Fabric & Foil Collage

  • So once you have your design laid out how you like it, place the baking paper over the design and press with the iron.

Fabric and Foil Collage

  • Let cool slightly.
  • Remove the baking paper.
  • Your wool will be stuck to the fusible web.
  • Trim the excess wool from the edges.

Fabric Collage

  • Now take your heat transfer foil and place it right side up.

Fabric & foil Collage

  • Place the baking paper over the design and press with the iron.

If your foil is smaller than your design, don’t iron along the edge as you will end up with a solid line of colour, just push the point of the iron towards the edge of the foil.  You can adjust the look of the foil as you go.

Fabric & Foil Collage

  • Remove the baking paper and carefully peel off the foil. You will see how the foil has adhered to the areas where the fusible web was exposed.

Fabric & Foil Collage

  • If there are areas where you would like more foil, just place the foil on the area with the right side up and iron. Keep doing this until you are happy with the look.

Fabric & Foil Collage

Now when you have finished making your design you may still have some foil left on the transparent sheet. Don’t throw this away. You can use these pieces on another project.

Fabric & Foil Collage Foil Leftovers

Creating an Overlapping Effect

If you want to overlap the wool you will need to add another piece of fusible web before adding the foil

So simply place a piece of fusible web over your design, overlay with the baking paper and iron. Then add your wool, overlapping the previous work pieces. Once you are happy with the placement, place your parchment paper over the whole design and iron.  Now you can go to the step where you add the foil, to finish the piece.

Tools & Equipment we Used in this Project

Some ideas for you:

  • The fabric and foil collage cushion cover was made from our Charm Square Cushion cover tutorial.
  •  I simply cut the collage pieces and some contrasting fabric  into 5″ x 5″ squares, sewed them together and added an envelope back.

Fabric & Foil Collage Cushion

  • This is a closeup of one of the 5″ fabric and foil collage squares.

Fabric & Foil Collage

  • Here is a journal cover made with another piece of the fabric collage that we made previously.Fabric & Foil collage Journal Cover
  • Closeup of the foil and wool fabric used in the journal cover.

Fabric & Foil Collage

  • Photos of the piece of fabric created in this tutorial.

Fabric & Foil collage

Fabric & Foil Collage

 

You can check out our video Tutorial on how to create a Fabric and Foil Collage here.