Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How To Make: Fabric Wall Decals


I was finally able to get another craft DIY project done and photgraphed for you guys. I have had this idea for over two years, since my daughter was just a pea in the pod so to speak. But having the accountability of blogging everyday, I was finally able to complete my project. Yay! And let me just say I am super happy with the way it turned out.

Today I will show you all how to make your own custom iron on fabric wall decals. Yes, that is right iron-on fabric for you walls. And the best thing? It is completely removeable and won't harm your walls or paint!

First things first, you will need the following:

Idea of what you want to make and a printer with paper to print out your design
quilting weight cotton of your choice
Steam-a-Seam2 Double Stick Fusible Web

I chose to create my daughters name (Madeline) in fabrics to match the colors of her room (shades of orange, coral, and pink). First I found a font that I liked and printed out the letters individually to the size that I wanted and cut them out of the printer paper to create a stencil.

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Next cut out a piece of your fabric and a piece of the fusible web to the appx. size of your design. remove one side of the fusible web paper and place face down on the back of the fabric and iron on according to the directions of the fusible web package. Once your have ironed the fusible web in place, place your stencil on the paper backing still on the fusible web adhered to the fabric and trace. Cut out your design. Make sure to flip your design over when you trace, so that the image is not backwards when you turn it around.
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Now you have your image cut out in the fabric with the fusible web backing. When you are ready to put it on the wall, remove the second paper backing from the fusible web and stick on the wall where you want it to go. The fabric will be slightly sticky, this will give it a temporary bond with the wall while you are securing it in place.
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Now, take you iron on the cotton setting a gently go over the fabric adhering it in place. Don't push to hard or leave the iron on the fabric too long, just a few seconds should bond the fabric to the wall. Tada! You are done and have just created your very own fabric wall decal! The decal will stay up for years to come, until you are ready for a change. When you are ready to remove the decal, just peel it away and your wall will be perfectly preserved underneath. No damage! Now go get creating!



  1. Do they remove easily for those of us that rent our homes?

  2. They sure do! I feel that they remove even easier than the vinyl decals. If you only iron them for a few seconds, the bond is just semi permanent, so they will just peel off when it is time to move. And your wall will look like nothing was ever there.

  3. very much creative design with good color match

  4. That's awesome!!! What a great idea. Now I know what I can do with so much of my leftover fabric! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is a great idea so many possibilities thanks for sharing

  6. will any fusible webbing do or does it need to be that specific brand? and where did you buy yours?

  7. Honestly I am not sure if any fusible webbing will work, but I would try it on a hidden area of your wall first to make sure the kind you have will work okay without damaging your wall. The brand that I used was Steam-A-Steam2 and I have seen it at Joann Craft Store and Hobby Lobby. I am sure you can also find it online.

  8. This looks really cool. Plus I am moving soon so this will make the room pop without damaging anything

  9. Will this work on walls in a mobile home?

  10. I am not sure how they will work on Mobile home walls, but I would say to test a small piece in an unseen corner to see how they do.

  11. Ok, I just saw this and like the letters (don't get me wrong) but I LOVE the poofs you have in the corner! How did you make those?

  12. Thanks @ktbug, I will do a post about those then. I used the idea from Martha Stewart to make the tissue poms.

  13. where did you find fonts that are big enough and wide enough to use for wall art?

  14. what font did you use?

  15. I am sorry, I can't remember which font I used for the letters. I just went on Dafont.com to find a good one that I liked. They have 1000+ free fonts for download. I then used a word document to make the letters as large as possible and still have them each fit on one landscaped 8.5" by 11" sheet of paper per letter and bolded them to make them wider and then printed them out.

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  17. Nice Job! This is a unique way to keep the kids entertained. Vinyl Wall Decals