Learn how to make to make an iron-on vinyl pillow with a Cricut Maker or other cutting machine, an iron or EasyPress 2 and our free downloadable cut files!
What is it with women and pillows? I don’t think there’s a house in America with a woman at the helm that’s not piled floorboards to rafters with ’em.
And I don’t mean the nice, normal kind you sleep on.
Nope, I’m talking about throw pillows – the rabbits of the pillow world.
They multiply when you’re not paying attention.
Hey, that’s a nice sofa you have there! Oh, I see you have a couple of throw pillows! Well, aren’t those cute!
[Turns around briefly to take a phone call. Turns back around moments later.]
What the?? There are FIVE pillows now? Where in tarnation did they come from?
Handan is no exception.
She too has been seduced by The Pillow.
It’s not hard to see why.
They are sold everywhere.
And they’re always convenient – a bin at the beginning of the checkout line or a shelf in the front of the store.
They’re soft and fluffy, and once you grab one, it’s hard to put it down again.
So home with us they go.
And the throw pillow pile grows ever bigger.
As DIYers, this throw pillow quagmire has taken a new turn. It’s not enough just to buy the finished pillow.
Oh, no! That’s for rookies!
Now the game is all about making our own throw pillows!
No holiday can escape unnoticed…
No life event can go unannounced…
No cutesy phrase can go unspoken when they are all emblazoned on a throw pillow for all the world to see!
Well, if my wife likes throw pillows, who am I to deny her?
Now that I’m on my way to becoming the Cricut Master of the Universe, I figured I could design a little something in Cricut Design Space™1, have my Cricut Maker cut it from iron-on vinyl, and then I’d use my brand new Cricut EasyPress 2 to transfer the design onto a pillow cover.
Easy as pie!
1 With a little help from Handan, of course!
So even though I’m well into my journey to becoming the Cricut Master of the Universe, I’m still somewhat of a noob, and when it comes to the EasyPress 2, I am a total noob, or rather I was. As I type this, I consider myself pretty darn proficient.
Do you know why?
Because the EasyPress 2 is that EASY to use!
But, look, you don’t need an EasyPress 2 to make this iron-on or any other! A regular iron on the cotton setting will accomplish the same thing. An EasyPress 2 is easier of course. It has a much larger footprint than an iron, and it heats quickly and evenly and precisely maintains whatever temperature you set it to up to 400 degrees.
You will need a Cricut Maker or other cutting machine though. We’ll have these free cut files for you to download at the end of the post.
DIY Iron-On Pillow Supplies List
I fed the mat into the Maker.
I still get excited and insist on watching it cut!
When it finished cutting, I peeled the mat from the vinyl. One of the first tricks I learned was never to peel your material from the mat but to peel the mat from the material. It makes a huge difference!
Next I weeded the iron-on design so that just the heart and letters remained on the plastic backing.
My iron-on vinyl was ready!
I set the temperature to 290 degrees. The EasyPress 2 heated up in just a couple of minutes.
And then I placed the EasyPress 2 on the vinyl and pressed down for 15 seconds. It has an on-board timer that makes this process a snap.
For those using an iron and ironing board, be sure to cover the vinyl with a dishcloth before ironing. Press the iron down on the vinyl for 20-30 seconds, then lift the iron before repositioning to a new area of vinyl. Overlap presses to ensure full adhesion.
I let the pillow cover cool for a few seconds, and then I peeled back the plastic.
This process was really so easy! I see a lot of new throw pillows for Handan and t-shirts for Barish in our future!
Handan brought me a pillow insert, and I stuffed it into its new cover.
Instead of adding the new throw pillow onto the pile in the family room, I decided to give this one a place of honor in my office.
Creating beautiful iron-on pillow covers is a breeze and an absolute joy with the Cricut Maker and EasyPress 2! You’ll be seeing many more Cricut projects from us in the future as we explore the limits of what these awesome machines can do!
As usual, here is some information on these free iron-on vinyl 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 “Stencils – SVGs” section of The VIP Patch.
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