Welcome to Day 3 of my 25 days of Craftmas series! Today, I’m sharing another easy Christmas countdown project and this one is so fun. This pillow is made with heat transfer vinyl (aka HTV), The coolest part is the black HTV is chalkboard HTV. Isn’t that awesome? I discovered it about a month ago and knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. Read on for the full tutorial.
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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here.

STEP 2: CUT AND WEED VINYL

Start by measuring your pillow to determine what size you’ll make the design.  My pillow measured 18″, so I made the height of my design 11.5″ Import the design into your cutting software and size accordingly.  Be sure to mirror your design before you send it to your machine to cut.

Cut out the design and weed away the excess vinyl.

STEP 3: APPLY VINYL TO PILLOW

To make alignment a little easier, I like to fold the pillow in half one way and iron it down to make a light crease.

Then, repeat the other way.  This leaves a nice t right in the center of the pillow.

Do the same thing with the HTV. Fold it in half one way.

Then fold the other way.

Now, line up the T of the HTV with the T on the pillow and everything should be straight and centered.

You can use an iron, easy press or heat press to press the design onto the pillow.  I heated my easy press to 320 degrees and pressed each area of the vinyl for 15 seconds.

Once everything has been pressed, you can pull off the carrier sheet.

Now, place the chalkboard HTV on the design.

You’ll want to cover the rest of the design with a Teflon sheet, parchment paper, or even copy paper. You just don’t want the hot surface of your iron or heat press directly on the HTV.

Once you’ve pressed the HTV, remove the clear carrier sheet.

You can stuff your pillow and start adding your countdown numbers.

Pretty cool, right? I love that chalkboard HTV. I’ve gotta figure some other neat ways to use it.

 

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