Hello everyone! It’s Kim Lapacek from Persimon Dreams. I’m excited to share with you a fun sea creature inspired project that I whipped up in just a few hours!

Deco Foil JellyFish Mini Quilt

A Deco Foil Jellyfish Pillow or Mini Quilt

My typical style is free-range quilting and today I’m going to show you step by step pictures on how I created this fun little pillow (or mini quilt if you prefer!).

Project Supplies

Fabric – I used Jessica Swift’s Affinity fabric from Blend Fabrics

(1) 12.5″ square
(1) 13.5″ square
(2) 2.5″ x WOF strips for binding
(2) 12.5″ x 19.5″ rectangles (optional if you want to make a pillowcase)


(1) 13″ square of StitchNSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft Interfacing
(1) sheet of DecoFoil Hot Melt Adhesive
(1) sheet of Brutus Monroe Foil Transfer Sheets – Tide Pool
(1) sheet of Brutus Monroe Foil Transfer Sheets – Sunrise
DecoFoil Parchment Paper
Aurifil Thread 4462, 50 wt.
SprayNBond Basting Adhesive

Deco Foil Jellyfish Process

Blend FabricStart with your main 12.5″ fabric.

Hot Melt AdhesiveLay a piece of hot melt adhesive the long way on the fabric.

Jelly Fish SketchOn the Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive, sketch the outline of the shape of the jellyfish body.  It doesn’t have to be perfect – just fun!

Jellyfish body cutoutCut out the shape of the jellyfish from the Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive.

jellyfish tentacles

Use the remaining Hot Melt adhesive to cut out a few jellyfish tentacles.  These can be extremely free form.

Place the jellyfish body and tentacles in spots that look pleasing to you.  Cover with a Pressing Sheet and press as indicated on the hot melt packaging.  Now let cool.  Go and sew another small project quickly so you let it cool long enough.  Once you’ve truly let it cool, peel the white paper off.

Cover the areas that have hot melt adhesive with Deco Foil.  I decided that the Brutus Monroe Foil transfer collection in Tide Pool and was perfect for the body and Sunrise would work perfectly for the tentacles.

pressing sheetsPlace the properly sized Deco Foil sheet colorful side up and cover with a Pressing Sheet.  Press with a hot iron.  Once again, let thoroughly cool before you peel the Deco Foil off.  If you think you’ve waited long enough wait a few minutes longer.  I promise if you are patient this will look amazing!

Jelly fish decofoil portion completeHere’s what the mini quilt looks like so far!

Layer the top with batting and backing (13.5″ square) and baste with SprayNBond Basting Adhesive.

Finish It

quilt as desiredQuilt as desired with Aurifil Thread 4462, 50 wt. (or whichever color you prefer).  I free-motion quilted in details of the jellyfish first and then added bubbles on the outside.finish quiltAt this point, finish your mini quilt in the method you prefer.  I added two folded pieces of fabric to the back to make a pillowcase and bound the quilt.  This piece can be either a pillowcase or a mini quilt.

hand stitch fibersWhile I thought the Jellyfish was cute with just Deco Foil, I thought it would be even more adorable by adding fibers.  I hand stitched metallic rick rack and other yarn fibers to make even more tentacles on my jellyfish.

tentaclesThe fibers were purposely left long so they would hang off the bottom of my mini quilted project.

Pip with the Jellyfish

Pip has already claimed this project for her room which is very appropriate since her room is “under the sea” themed!

JellyFish Pillow projectI would love to see your “under the sea” Deco Foil creation – be sure tag me @persimondreams and @thermoweb on Instagram when you finish!