Starting a new project is a lot like starting a new adventure. It can be a little scary. I’m new here at Happy Crafters so I was nervous at first but like you, the other Happy Crafters were here to help me when things got a bit sticky (pun intended).
Throw pillows are so expensive and I feel like I change my style or color preferences every few years. I can’t afford to constantly pay for new throw pillows, a girl must still be able to pay for her next adventure or a caffeine fix. So, I found a solution, throw pillow covers. I discovered them recently and it has changed my life. I found this one at Michael’s under ten dollars with a coupon. Yay!
Cutting Machine and Mat
Iron or Heat Press
Step 1: Design - The Knockout Method
For this project I used the knockout method to create the text that would stand out in contrast to my Pattern HTV.
I started by putting an offset around my lettering. Then I placed the offset over the backing layer (in this case the Vintage Map Pattern HTV).
Then I brought my offset layer over to my map design, made sure I had both selected, opened the “modify” window and selected ‘subtract.” At this point it will look like you image had been cut from the other image like the map on my project.
Then I placed the lettering back into place where it had been knocked out.
Step 2: Cut
Beginner Tip: Make sure that your mat is sticky enough to keep your vinyl secure. If you’re not ready to spring for a new mat yet you can try using washi tape on the edges for extra security.
Cutting Patterned HTV
To cut Pattern HTV with my Silhouette I set my blade to Blade 2, Speed 8 and Thickness 5. If you are using a Cricut, it can be cut on the Iron-On setting. I cut my pattern face up and did not mirror.
Cutting Siser® Metal HTV
To cut Siser® Metal I set my Silhouette to cut at Blade 2, Speed 8, and Thickness 6 (or the Iron-on setting if you are using a Cricut). Make sure to cut this layer mirrored with the shiny side down!
Beginner TIP: If you are worried about your details coming through I recommend slowing down your speed settings or doing a double pass.
Step 3: Weed and Mask
Weed away the excess heat transfer vinyl using a weeder tool. I usually cut my vinyl smaller before I weed. That usually helps. I am really impressed how easy the pattern material is to work with, it was satisfying to weed each of these designs.
Apply Heat Mask on Patterned HTV
To mask your design, first cut a piece of Heat Transfer Mask slightly bigger than your design. Then peel up the mask and gently place on top of the cut design. Use pressure with a squeegee tool or Lil' Chizler to squeeze out any bubbles that may have formed in between your pattern and mask. Then gently peel up the corner of the mask, pulling up your pattern vinyl along with it!
For more details on working with pattern vinyl, check out this blog: https://www.happycrafters.com/blog/how-to-apply-htv-patterns-with-mask
Step 4: Apply Heat with Heat Press or Household Iron
For this project I used a heat press set at 305ºF. I preheated my pillowcase for 3 seconds to remove all of the wrinkles and to remove any moisture that may have been present. I pressed my pattern layer for 2 seconds, just enough to release the mask. I then pressed my Siser® Metal layer for the full 15 seconds at medium pressure.
Beginner Tip: The method described above is what we like to refer to as a 2-second tack. This is when you do short presses to help prevent “over baking” HTV. We have a great blog on layering HTV to help explain using this method while layering! https://www.happycrafters.com/blog/layering-two-step-adhesive-foil-heat-transfer
Then my beautiful pillow was complete! I put a pillow I already had inside, and it looks great. I absolutely love the way it came out, and I have received a lot of compliments.
If you guys use this tutorial or if it inspires you to venture out, I’d love to hear about it! There’s a whole world out there and so many heat transfer vinyl to try! I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts! If you have any other great ideas for using patterned material let’s see them!
As always, HAPPY CRAFTING!