Heat Transfer Custom Throw Pillow
First Cut

Heat Transfer Custom Throw Pillow

Cari here with you today & I’m super excited to be sharing a project that I made this fabulous “I love you” design.  You are going to love this design!  I was thrilled with it when I got it and my mind was racing with a million ideas!!


I decided to create a heat transfer image for a pillow cushion to put on our bed.


supplies|Cari Locken for Silhouette copy




Silhouette CAMEO®

Heat Transfer (silver)

Iron & pillow cushion





  • Open up the design in your Silhouette software.  Resize the image for the project you are crewing.  I sized mine to approximately 11 1/2 in.  x 4 in..
  • Make sure your page settings are set correctly (I chose a page size of 12 in. x 12 in.).






  • Flip design horizontally or in other words mirror the design image. When using heat transfer you must always remember to mirror your image otherwise when you iron it on to your project it will appear backwards and you don’t want that!






  • Rotate the design.
  • I needed to do this because the heat transfer I was using was only 9 in. wide.  If you’re using the 12 in. wide heat transfer, you don’t need to this.






  • Head to the Cut Settings window and select “Heat Transfer Material” then make sure to change the depth of your blade.

cutsettings|Cari Locken for Silhouette



  • When using the Heat Transfer or Vinyl products you can adhere them to a cutting mat or feed them right into your Silhouette.  I chose to use a mat because I like the stability of it.

heattransfer:mat|Cari Locken for Silhouette copy





  • Once the design is cut you will want to trim closely around the image.  Weed out the unnecessary parts.

weeding|Cari Locken for Silhouette copy

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  • You will then be left with your cut out design.

heattransferimage|Cari Locken for Silhouette copy





  • Place the design (right side facing up – so you can read it) where you want it on your project, place a light tea towel over top and then iron the design onto your project.


NOTE: Make sure to read the instructions that come with your heat transfer material for appropriate heat settings and length of time to keep the iron on the design. I move my iron around rather than leaving it one place.


And don’t forget the towel, otherwise the plastic will melt and stick to your iron–and you don’t want that!

centeredimage|Cari Locken for SIlhouette copy



  • Once the heat transfer is adhered, peel off the plastic. Be careful when doing this and be sure that the design has completely adhered to the fabric.  If not, just place the tea towel back over top and iron it a bit longer.

peeloff|Cari Locken for SIlhouette copy



Here’s a close-up of the fun silver color.

close2 copy

cushion2 copy


Cari Locken

HI there! I’m Cari Locken from Langley, BC, Canada. I’m a wife and mother of 3 amazing kids! I have been crafting since I was a child and love the creative outlet that this hobby brings to me. My formal training is in the area of music as I have a Masters degree in Music and I am currently teaching Band (to Grades 5, 6 & &) as well as private piano lessons. However I always find time to dig out my scrappy supplies and work on a few projects here & there. I love creating scrapbook layouts, preserving the everyday moments and special memories of our family life as well as creating cards & home decor items . Other than scrapbooking I enjoy spending time watching my children play sports, reading, knitting, photography and cooking. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Silhouette Team!

Designs Used:

Products Used:

CAMEO Cutting Mat


9-inch smooth heat transfer


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  1. Love the colors. I also get the bumpy look that you have on the swoopy part of letter y. How do we prevent that and keep it looking smooth? Pretty pillow!

    1. Hi Kathy, my thinking is that the iron might be a bit too hot or left on a little too long or perhaps iron the pillow to smooth it before laying the htv. Hopefully someone can confirm this :-).

      1. Yes! If the points aren’t the issue, the application process can make or break a project! When ironing, I always you a dish cloth or sheet between my iron and the heat transfer material. This prevents me from melting my design!

    2. Hi Kathy,

      I think you are referring to the bumpy edges of the actual cut file. This this is a hand lettered design, the “font” isn’t perfectly smooth. If you want to edit this, you can ungroup the design and double click on the shape. This will allow you to edit points and you can delete whichever points you don’t like!

      Please let me know if you have any other questions!

    3. Hi Kathy,
      It’s actually not bumpy in real life. The cushion/fabric is a bit lumpy itself but the design is smooth. And like Karley has already mentioned the actual design is wavy like that.

      I, too, use a cloth over top of my design when ironing so the heat isn’t too hot and there’s no burning happening. I usually move the iron around rather than keeping it in one place as well.

  2. It’s beautiful, Cari! The silver heat transfer on black is definitely a favorite combination of mine. What a great idea to put this design on a pillow!

  3. This is such a great idea – I think I’ll do this for my cousin and his new wife. Thanks for sharing.

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