diy iron-on halloween pillows

DIY Iron-On Halloween Pillows with Cricut (& 13 Free SVGs)

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These DIY iron-on Halloween pillows are a fun way to decorate this October, and our 13 free SVG designs are sure to please your inner witch! (You know you have one)

I’m used to them by now, you know.

The pillows, I mean.

The endless ocean of throw pillows.

And now that I have the power to design1 and make them, I’ve become the primary pillow polluter in the house!

We’ve grown quite the collection! Christmas pillows, patriotic pillows, Halloween pillows and more!

But don’t think for a moment that I’m just making them so they can sit unused on a chair in some forgotten corner.

Don’t think that I’m spending my precious time cluttering our bed with pillows that need to be tossed, unused, on the floor each night.

No siree, Bobby-Jo!

I’m a-makin’ ’em, and I’m a-usin’ ’em, too!

You see, my beloved Handan (whom I hold in the highest regard and whom I love so much) decided that our power-recliner loveseat in the family room was getting to be a little too big and bulky and a little too much of an eyesore.

Well, I had to agree with her on the eyesore part – it didn’t look so great in photos, and since we’re bloggers, everything has to look good in photos, no matter the cost to human comfort!2,3 

On the other hand, sitting on that loveseat was like sitting on a cloud. A big, gray, microfiber cloud.

But if my babes wanted a different sofa, my babes was gonna get a different sofa!

And so she did, (and therefore, so did I).

The good news is it looks great in pictures, and we all love it.

The bad news, is….I’m just kidding, there is no bad news! Everything is AWESOME! 😀

But occasionally…

Just occasionally…

Usually after sitting for too long in front of the Dummy Box…

I feel the need for some of that heavenly cushioning.

And that is where my DIY Halloween pillows come in!

If I get the itch to recline, I just have to toss some pillows on a makeshift ottoman, stuff some more pillows behind me and voilà! Instant recliner!


Let’s be honest here. Handan is the one designing them. I’m just the dope with an EasyPress 2 in his hands!

By now, you should know that bloggers are entirely full of Grade-A American Bullcrap, and nothing about their lives is to be trusted. For every fancy little sofa you swoon over while surfing through Blogland, there’s some sorry sap of a husband cursing it behind the scenes and wishing for a La-Z-Boy.

3 Well, everything except for me. There ain’t enough lipstick at a Maybelline convention to pretty-up this pig!


Okay, enough recliner talk and enough of my yapping!

You didn’t come here to be bored to tears by husbandly woes and lost recliners! You came for some kick-ass Halloween pillows, so let’s get to it!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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How to Make Iron-On Halloween Pillows

Step 1 – Load your design into Cricut Design Space

Load your design into Cricut Design Space. Don’t forget to reverse the images if they have writing on them! As usual, we forgot on our first try…ooops!

Step 2 – Prepare the vinyl for cutting

Not only did we not reverse the image on our first try, but we also stuck the vinyl on the mat backwards. Yep, the same mistake we made on our first try making our iron-on mugs!

Remember – shiny side down!

One of these days, we’ll remember it, too!

For the pillows we’ve made so far, we used Cricut black Everyday Iron-On and black Glitter Iron-On. The pillow shown here was made with Glitter.

putting heat transfer vinyl on a cricut cutting mat

I’ve become a huge fan and disciple of the brayer. Not only does it keep my vinyl in place as my Maker does its thing, but every time I say the word “brayer,” this is playing in my mind.

using a brayer to secure heat transfer vinyl to a cutting mat

Step 3 – Cut the designs with a Cricut Maker, Explore Air 2 or other die-cutting machine

Let’s be honest – at this stage, the machine is doing all the hard work, and you’re just standing there as useless as a chocolate teapot, so you may as well go make yourself a cup of coffee or pour yourself a glass of wine. Your Cricut will tell you when you can become useful again.

Cricut Maker cutting a design in heat transfer vinyl

Step 4 – Peel and weed

Huzzah! Your hands are once again required! Put down the wine and grab some tweezers!

peeling heat transfer vinyl from a cutting mat
weeding a heat transfer vinyl design
weeding a heat transfer vinyl design

Step 5 – Set your heat press according to your material and iron the pillow cover

This not only gets rid of wrinkles and moisture for a better heat transfer, but it makes your pillow cover look like it didn’t just roll out of bed without a shower and onto your sofa.

Use Cricut’s heat guide to find the optimal temperature for the material you’re using. For the cotton pillow cover below, it was 330 degrees.

cricut easypress 2 on a pillow cover

Step 5 – Position the Halloween pillow design on the cover

You can eyeball it like I did, or you can use a tape measure to make sure you have it centered.

positioning htv on a pillow cover

When it looked centered, I pressed it in place with my hands.

positioning htv on a pillow cover

Step 6 – Apply heat

According to Cricut’s heat guide, I needed to press for 30 seconds at 330 degrees.

But since the design was bigger than our EasyPress 2, I pressed for about a minute, making sure I covered all areas equally.

making a halloween pillow with cricut easypress 2
making a halloween pillow with a cricut easypress 2

Step 7 – Cool & peel

This glitter vinyl is warm peel, so I let my Halloween pillow cover cool for a few seconds, and then I peeled it.

diy halloween pillow
peeling the carrier sheet from a diy halloween pillow

It peeled perfectly with no issues.

peeling the transfer sheet from a diy halloween pillow

And that was it for our October 31 Halloween pillow design! The glitter iron-on looks fantastic on the cotton cover!

I stuffed a pillow in the cover and tossed it on the sofa!

stuffing an insert into a diy halloween pillow cover
stuffing an insert into a diy halloween pillow cover

For our next two Halloween pillow designs, we used a much rougher, striped canvas cover. They required a higher temperature and a longer press.

We found that with these covers, we really had to wait until it was almost cool after pressing, otherwise, the design wanted to lift off the cover, especially with the thinner elements like the “since 1729” or any punctuation marks.

With the design below, we had a little trouble with “1729.”

making diy halloween pillows

But that is where our Cricut EasyPress Mini came to the rescue!

I just positioned it exactly over the troubled area for about 15-20 seconds, and the date finally joined the rest of the design on the pillow cover.

using a cricut easypress mini for a heat transfer
using a cricut easypress mini for a heat transfer

When the whole thing had cooled, I carefully peeled.

making diy iron-on halloween pillows

As a final step to help the vinyl bond with this rougher material, I flipped the pillow cover over, and pressed for another minute from the back, moving the EasyPress 2 all around.

making diy iron-on halloween pillow covers

We’ve made 3 iron-on Halloween pillows so far, but we plan on making a whole bunch more (just as soon as we restock our pillow cover inventory first!)

Free Downloadable Halloween SVGs

As usual, here is some information on these free iron-on Halloween pillow designs: we created today’s freebies as JPG, PNG and SVG files which are resizable and compatible with Cricut and all other cutting machines.

Now it’s time to click on the button below to download today’s freebies – they are all in the “Halloween” and “SVGs – Stencils” section of The VIP Patch.

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  1. I love the cat and broom ones! I have got to get a Cricut so I can have fun too. (But it will have to wait until I finish budgeting for next years decor/room updates and after I remodel my craft area and basement rec room so I have room to put one where I can actually use it. Can I borrow your craft room? My craft corner is kind of cramped by supplies leaving my workable desk space very tiny.

  2. If you did not wash the covers before applying the designs, there could be some type of sizing or scotchguard that caused the issues with the last two…..just a thought. These are soooo cute!

    1. Oh we never thought of washing the striped pillow covers. Yes you’re right – they may shrink a bit when washed. Thank you for the hint – we’ll scotch guard them! 🙂

  3. I totally love these! And I really appreciate that you use switchable pillow covers! Honestly, who has room to store all those pillows! You only need the covers to switch out seasonally. And so, where do you guys get your pillow covers?

  4. LOVE the colors and items you chose! All my rooms are neutral with big pops of color, and I do switch out seasonally. To me, the neutral background is soothing, but the colors add some energy. Love reading your blog!

  5. So EMBARRASSED at the previous comment. Obviously it was meant for another blog – all except the part where I LOVE reading YOUR blog. I do look forward to seeing your posts in my email and read every one, not only for the great projects you do, but for your humor and style of writing. These designs are adorable – especially like the dancing skeletons!

  6. love your designs and your blog. wish you would contact someone like OHMYCS to offer your designs for machine embroidery. would love to embroidery some of them and be able to sell the finished product

      1. A little, definitely. They keep trying to push the Halloween thing here and it has sort of become a bit of a thing. I hear some kids even go Trick-or-Treating (when I tried as a lad, everyone told us to go away!) If I ever get to America, I really want to be there for Halloween, just to experience it personally.

  7. I just discovered your wonderful blog (via Pinterest – where else?!) and immediately became a member of the VIP Patch! I can’t wait to check out more of your projects. Love, love, love these pillows and thank you so much for offering the amazing cut files to go along with it. I’m like a kid in a candy store – so many fun things to look at! And I’m sure you hear it all the time, but I think it’s amazing that you craft along with your wife! So refreshing! I love the way you write – you make me laugh, which is always a good thing (especially these days)!

    1. Thank you, Deb, and welcome to The Navage Patch! I hope you’ll find a lot to make you laugh here – Handan I always trying to spread a few smiles! 😀

  8. How do I download the SVG for these Halloween images? I downloaded and only came up as JPEGs. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Stella,
      Once you go to our download folder, you need to scroll down to get to the PNG and SVG files. The folder starts with the JPGs, then moves on to the PNG files, and at the very end we have the SVG files (as shown in screen shot below).

      Halloween Pillow SVG Files

      I hope this helps! 🙂