Ah, Fall - or as I like to call it - Pumpkin Spice Season! There is nothing quite like the warm and comforting feeling you get from breathing in that lovely pumpkin spice scent and the fresh fall air.
If you're feeling Pumpkin Spice Season as much as we are, you're going to love this month's hand-lettered SVG cut file from Bossy Brushstrokes!
- Plain Pillow Cover (we used an 18"x;18" pillow cover in our project)
- Cutting machine (we used a Cricut Maker for this project)
- Color Chimp Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl in Bordeaux
- Weeding Tool
- Heat Press or Iron
- Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice SVG file (download here)
Step 1: Design
Upload the SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your shirt. We sized our file to 10" wide to fit our 18"x18" pillow cover. After you resize, you'll want to select all of the layers in your layers panel and Weld.
Step 2: Cutting
Apply your vinyl to your mat, being sure to place the carrier sheet side towards your mat (the shinier side). Mirror your design so that it is cut in reverse and then let your machine get to work cutting out this adorable design. *Friendly Reminder: Wasting vinyl is the WORST! Always check your settings BEFORE you cut! Remember, you need to mirror your vinyl when working with HTV*
Step 3: Weeding
After your machine has finished cutting, remove the HTV from your mat. I like to gently pull away the larger pieces of excess vinyl with my hands and then go back in with my weeding tool to remove all the smaller pieces. When you're finished weeding, you should be left with this:
Step 4: Place Your Design
Now that you have your design weeded, you're ready to place it on the pillow cover and press it. A simple trick to make sure your design is perfectly aligned on your pillow is to fold your pillow cover into quarters and press it for a few seconds with your heat press or iron. This will leave you with lines down the center of the pillow cover both length-wise and width-wise that you can use to line up your design.
You can also fold your design in half both length-wise and width-wise, squeezing creases into the carrier sheet. You can then align those creases with the guidelines on your pillow cover and boom - perfect alignment!
Step 4: Press Your Design
Since we're working with Color Chimp Flock, we pressed with medium pressure for 15 seconds at 320 degrees. You always want to be sure to follow the pressing instructions for the brand and type of heat transfer vinyl you are using because it can vary from brand to brand and with different fabrics.
Step 5: Peel away your carrier sheet and enjoy!
One of the great things about our Color Chimp Flock line is that you can peel it warm - so no waiting around for your material to cool before you get to peel your carrier sheet off!
Now throw your new pillow on your couch, grab a cup of pumpkin spice coffee, and prepare to get cozy!
As always, if you try this DIY be sure to share a picture in the comments below, we’d love to see your projects! Check back next month for another exclusive hand-lettered design from Arlena and in the meantime, check out her all work over at BossyBrushstrokes.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram.