Decorative Pillow Cover – Smooth Heat Transfer

The other day I was browsing new shapes in the online store and saw a cute little tandem bicycle. It made me think of my friend Lynley, and I promptly sent her the link. :) She and her hubby go on rides around town on their cute yellow tandem bicycle for date night. Fun right?

This picture was the inspiration for today’s project…heat transfer his and hers decorative pillows.

To create your own… Open the tandem bicycle shape in Silhouette Studio and in the Page Tools window change the width to 9″, the width of the heat transfer.

Then, as with all heat transfer projects you want to mirror the design. You can do this a couple of different ways. With the shape selected go to the replicate window and select mirror image. Then delete the original shape.

Or, you can select the shape and  right click (ctrl+click if using a Mac) then select flip horizontally.

Once the shape is flipped resize the shape to fit the size of your pillow cover.  Once you have it the desired size, select the knife tool, hold down the shift key and slice the image in half creating two separate shapes.

Now the images are ready to be cut… so you’ll load the heat transfer into your machine, shiny side down. Then go to the Silhouette Cut Settings window and select Silhouette Heat Transfer, adjust your blade accordingly and then click cut.

Once your shapes are cut, use the hook tool to weed out the negative space of the design off the plastic backing leaving only the design you want to transfer.

Then you’ll place the designs on your pillow covers face down so it looks like your original shape before mirroring. I placed mine about 1/2″ from the inside edge so they looked right sitting next to each other once the pillows were insterted.

Next, place a cloth over the design and press firmly with your iron for about 45 seconds. 

Then, carefully remove the clear plastic transfer sheet, insert your pillows, toss them on the bed and you’re done! 


18 thoughts on “Decorative Pillow Cover – Smooth Heat Transfer

  1. fluffysam says:

    That is so cute! I love it!

  2. Krafthead says:

    This is GREAT! I am still amazed at how well the Sil/Cameo cuts 8-)

  3. Unknown says:

    Adorable… Great idea Jeana!

  4. Lynley Jill says:

    Love this too much Jeana!! Thanks for the shout out:) Now I really need to get my Cameo and make those darling pillows!! Too cute:)

  5. Eveline says:

    Brilliant idea and it looks super.

  6. Mama Pea says:

    I love this. Very clever!

  7. jintyoo7 says:

    How clever :) Very sweet story too :)

  8. dawnaclark says:

    That is hella cute!

  9. JKclark says:

    Great clear instructions, thanks!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing. I really need to try the heat transfer. Great instructions!!

  11. Such a cute idea for that image! Thanks for the clear directions.

  12. Kat says:

    that is complete adorable what a great idea i love this image and own it.

  13. needleup says:

    Love the pillow. Getting ready to make one for my grandaughter for her graduation. Found a neat pattern on Silhoutte site.
    Thank you.

  14. Socoline says:

    hello could I have the file to do embroidery with it

    my blog

    1. jeana says:

      The file is available for purchase through the Silhouette online store. You can find the shape here

  15. Eliana says:

    Hi, could you tell me what type of fabric that is? Thanks!

    1. Jeana Goodwin says:

      Hi Eliana! It is unbleached muslin.

  16. Its really looking very cute. Thanks for sharing us.

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