This is Part 2 of a two part series. If you would like to see how to make a pillow case with a zipper, click here.
- iron-on vinyl (also known as fabric or heat transfer vinyl)
- thin towel
- cutting machine (such as a Silhouette)
- weeding tool
- cute fun design (I’ve provided this for you for freeeeee!)
Choose your vinyl color. I bought mine at JSI signs and fell in love with their particle glitter vinyl. It’s very thick and quite glittery. I have used red, gold and silver and love them all. This picture does not do it justice!
If you have a cutting machine other than the Silhouette, or if that file isn’t working for you, you can download the PNG file here. Don’t freak out… the image is supposed to be backwards. I’m not sure how you would convert your file, because every machine is different. But, I bet you can do a search for tutorials for your machine on Pinterest or YouTube.
Silhouette users can watch this awesome video tutorial by amazing designer Heidi Swapp that shows you how to convert a PNG file into a cut file. You can use the same basic concepts for any file you choose for your pillow. I use this technique ALL of the time as I typically design my projects with Adobe Photoshop Elements and then take them into the Silhouette program to cut them out.
If you use a different file or create your own, be sure you flip your image to mirror image before you cut it. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a backwards phrase or picture. This will just make you frustrated and use valuable time and resources. We can’t have that happening!
After downloading the file, Open a new file in your Silhouette Program. Merge the “I love us” file onto your new page.
Take these steps for the Studio file:file>merge>BILC i love us
You can also just double click it in your folder and it will open automatically with the Silhouette software.
These are the steps I take for the PNG file: file>merge>files of type: png, then click on the “BILC i love us” file. This last step is important for opening the PNG. The program is set to default to only open Studio Files. So, once you set it for PNG, you’re good to go! You can also save this design into your library so it’s easy to access from the Silhouette program.
It should look something like this.
If you are using the heavy glitter heat transfer vinyl like I used, you will want to use the following Silhouette cut settings:
- Speed 7
- Thickness 31
- Blade 4
Load the vinyl directly into the silhouette with the shiny glitter side down. I tried it the other way on accident one day, no bueno!
Cut your file. Then weed. Look how cute it is!
Place the sticky side of the vinyl directly on your fabric and center. If you use glitter vinyl like I did, the shiny glitter side should be facing up. Be sure your zipper is at the bottom of the pillow. You don’t want your zipper sticking out on the side.
Put a thin towel or piece of paper under your pillowcase on a table or counter top. You want a hard surface under you. But, you don’t want to burn the surface. This didn’t work well for me on my ironing board. I couldn’t get enough pressure.
*Please refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for adhering your vinyl to your project. I can only say what worked for me with this specific vinyl from JSI signs. This particular vinyl is industrial strength!
Use the hottest cotton setting on your iron. Press for 1 minute in each spot using heavy pressure. Lift the iron and set it on the next area. You don’t want to rub the iron across the vinyl backing. Just lift and press.
After you have pressed the whole surface of the design, peel the backing off. (This is where I tend to get all giddy.) Stand back and admire your work.
Stuff the pillow case and zip it closed. You’re all done! Easy Peasy! I love this simple and adorable throw pillow!
Yay! You have a super cute new pillow! Sit back and enjoy your work. Or, go take a nap, you deserve one!
Or, if you’re in the mood, make a few. This would make a great bridal shower or wedding gift, Valentine’s decoration, or every day decor. I think you can give it away for just about anything!
I hope you enjoy the freebie! I’d love to see what you make with it.