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Create A Custom Pillow Cover Using Iron-On Vinyl

Craftey and Coastal Kelder Custom Pillow Cover HTV

This week's guest blogger is Kelley from Coastal Kelder! Kelley is walking us through how to create a sweet custom pillow cover for a nursery or kids room using Color Chimp Heat Transfer Vinyl! Looking for more inspiration, ideas and free cut files? Head over to the Craftey Community and join in on the fun! Note: This post contains affiliate links, so if you purchase something from them a little bit goes back to help support Coastal Kelder’s blog!

We’ve definitely transitioned from the wedding phase of life into the baby phase because so many friends and family are having children!  I have quite a few pregnant friends right now, so came up with a great gender neutral gift for baby showers that I’ll be attending & hosting.

What you’ll need:

Start by opening Design Space and typing out “Dream Big Little One” in a mix of serif & sans serif fonts. Insert a moon & star images to your design.  

Update the colors of everything to match your end design - I made the stars yellow, most words silver & the word ‘big’ blue. Rearrange the design to your liking, group everything together and resize to fit your pillow cover nicely. I was using an 18”x18” cover, so the design was about 12” x 9.5”.

This is what your canvas will look like (or something similar).  You may have noticed that I didn’t attach anything together. I decided to keep each piece separate so I could lay it out on the pillow like my design, but easily make any adjustments.

Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on in Design Space

Since this was a baby pillow and I wanted to add a little texture, I opted to use the new Flocked Color Chimp heat transfer vinyl. I thought adding a velvety feel to the moon, stars and blue ‘big’ might make a baby enjoy it more - kind of like those baby touch books, but in pillow form!

When you’re ready to cut the design on your Cricut, make sure each mat is “mirrored” so it will cut correctly. The pressure should be set to ‘regular iron on’ for the silver htv, and ‘flocked iron on’ for the yellow & blue flocked pieces. Place the shiny side down on the mat and cut! Then use your weeder tool to get the excess material away from your design on the carrier sheet.

Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on ready to cut Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on Ready to Weed

Cut everything into separate pieces and lay it out on your pillow cover to match your design.  Warm up your EasyPress or iron to the appropriate settings. I always check this handy guide to make sure I have the right temperature and time.
Apply heat and check to make sure the vinyl has applied to the cover before pulling the carrier sheet away.

Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on ready to press

Then you just need to add an insert and you’re ready to go!  You could just wrap it in ribbon, or put it in a bag as a gift. Bonus points: Pair it with Goodnight Moon to complete the nighttime theme!

Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on completed 1
Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on completed close up
Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on Completed 2
Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on completed 3
Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on completed 4

This is an easy & adorable gift for a baby shower and attendees will be amazed that you made it yourself!  You can customize the colors to fit a nursery’s theme or keep them generic. If you have a Cricut, then you can find my design on Design Space here.

Happy crafting!

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


Craftey and Coastal Kelder Baby Pillow using HTV iron-on pin image


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