Gold Foil Phrase Sweatshirt DIY

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) I don’t really need an excuse to make a gold foil phrase sweatshirt about coffee (and in French mind you), so I don’t even think I have to give you a reason why I wanted to make one of these. It’s a “DUH” moment for sure. However, I’ve used some gold iron-on vinyl on fabric before, and while it works pretty well, I wanted to try this gold foil technique on a wearable item as well. The iron-on vinyl is probably better for a totally uniform look, but the foil has a really cool brushed-on quality that makes it fun to play with too. I chose a phrase that means “My coffee please” in French because, well, I like French stuff and coffee, but they also say it in An American in Paris a few times, so it’s something I like to yell around the house.

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
gold foil roll
foil adhesive
-freezer paper
-parchment paper
-X-Acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat
-plain sweatshirt

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Print your phrase the size you want it to appear on your shirt (if you want it bigger than it will fit on an 8” x 10”, then print it on several pieces and tape it together). Trace the phrase onto the non-waxy side of freezer paper, and use an X-Acto knife to cut out the letters making sure to save all the middles of the “O”s and such.

Use an iron to iron the freezer paper onto your sweatshirt (you usually don’t need to spend more than 30 seconds on one area).

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Once the paper is secure, brush on an even amount of foil adhesive onto the sweatshirt letters that are exposed through the freezer paper cutouts. Try to work quickly so that the adhesive on the first letters isn’t totally dry by the time you get to the end. You want to make sure you are covering the exposed fabric but don’t want globs of adhesive either.

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Cut out a section of foil that is just slightly bigger than your phrase (but still smaller than your freezer paper stencil). Lay it gold side up onto the phrase, place a piece of parchment paper on top, and use the iron (on a medium/high setting) to adhere the gold foil to the sweatshirt. You’ll want to spend about 30 seconds passing over all areas of the phrase, making sure it’s sufficiently warming each section.

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Once it’s adhered, remove the parchment paper and allow the foil to cool. Peel back the foil and then remove the freezer paper as well to reveal your phrase underneath!

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) This totally looks and feels like something I would have bought in a store rather than made at home, and I like that I can customize the phrase and font to whatever I wanted (and for all you French nerds out there, yes I know I left off the circumflex accent over the “plait” — I claim artistic license on that one). Since this gold foil is so bright and shiny, you could totally do this on black material as well and the gold would pop really well. Since gold foil tends to be more delicate by nature, I would definitely suggest a cold hand wash for this treatment, but if you feel adventurous, you could always try it on a cold gentle machine cycle. I can’t wait to make a few more of these guys. I’m totally doing one with this abstract face from my pillow DIY for sure! Stay golden! xo. Laura

Credits//Author: Laura Gummerman.Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I am a fan of DIYs and totally totally loved this sweatshirt DIY. Do you have anything that goes with glitters or silver, apart from Gold..
    Suggest please.

    Thanks aton ^_^

  • I have to try this. Will follow your lovely instructions. Thanks!

  • wow such a great way to place your favorite phrase oh t-shits. Interesting steps. Definitely gonna try this DIY. Don’t forget to check out and get yourself updates with Naija news

  • Wow that is insanely simple – I would never have even thought to try this! Great idea.

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  • There’s a significant shortage of all things golden, so this post is such a relief. Thank you Laura!
    Could you please report back on how durable and wash-resistant the print is. I would hate to see this beauty fade away.
    Love you guys.

  • Just kidding I re-checked the directions- I was doing gold side down. You don’t have to post my other comment. So excited to try again!

  • It went so well until the gold foil- I used all the materials you linked and it was perfect, but the gold foil didn’t stay on the shirt. Is it possible the iron was too hot? The only thing that happened was that the foil adhesive burned. 🙁 Any suggestions???

  • Would love to make one simple golden heart outline using this technique. Very cool!

  • I really like what you did here. I was so surprised that you made this jumper. I am so tempted to make one!

  • You’re OK, there is no more ^ on the “i”… They changed the rule! 😉 Nice shirt!

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  • This looks amazingly easy, and I so love the golden letters! Is that a special foil for ironing you use? Such a cool project!

  • this is such a cool idea!! love it 🙂

    x Lilli |

  • This is such a fun idea! I want to get my hands on some gold foil now! 🙂

  • I love how easy this DIY is, sometimes I find the perfect quote that I just have to have on a shirt, but can’t find anywhere. The gold is such a nice touch as well!

    Angelina Is|Bloglovin’

  • So cool! Where is your leather (faux?) from? Been looking for one like it! 🙂

  • This would be so cute for kid clothes, too! You could even do little pictures with it, it seems like, as long as they are simple ones!

  • Wow this looks amazing and like something you would be able to pickup in a store! Great Idea!


  • This is so cool! I can’t wait to try making my own!


  • I feel like this DIY can save you sooo much money!! That sweatshirt could have easily retailed for at least a $100 in the right store! wow! What a great tip!

  • That’s so cool! It looks so professional as well!
    Erin |

  • That’s really neat! I’m very interested to hear a follow up on how well it stands a washing. Thanks for sharing!

  • This shirt is so fun! I totally want to try and make one!


  • I loved the project! I’m looking for some different ways to customize my clothes. And this one has golden letters! Perfect!
    I hope to find everything I need here. Never heard about foil adhesive, but I’ll search for something similar.

    Xo, Deborah

  • Cute DIY! I always seem to screw up these iron on things- even when I’m just ironing! But I love how it came out- it looks vintage/glam!

    I also posted a DIY today- using a removable printed wallpaper to jazz up a side table. I’m pretty happy with how it came out! Link below!


  • Such a great idea! I think this would be a super cute DIY for bridesmaids.

  • Love this! I love the look of graphic ts, but I have such a hard time finding ones I like… this is the perfect solution!!!

  • Amazing! Thanks for sharing

  • It’s a brillant idea!!! Too bad I don’t know what I can use in my French world… freezer paper and foil glue I have never seen in stores…

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