Have I told you that I LOVE to change out my front room pillow cases for every season, holiday and just because? Well, I do! And. . .
Who doesn’t need a GOLD Glitter turkey in their house this fall? I want to put mine up right now!!! What a fun… fairly easy… fall crafting project. (It would have been easier if I just bought a pillow form case… but I decided to make my own). However, other than that it’s ridiculously EASY!!! and Necessary!!!!
Or do you need a GIVE pillow case?
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How about a Thanks to go with that give?
Well, I’m here to tell you that you can make them all with just one sheet of Silhouette Gold Glitter Heat Transfer material, and you’ll even have extra gold left over! With one sheet of Gold Transfer material, I made 2 turkey pillows, 1 give, 1 thanks, 2 merry + bright, extra gold leaves, and 3-4 onsies that either have a mini gold turkey on it or say ‘little turkey’! I know… I can’t wait to put my little one in it! Pictures coming soon!
Okay lets get down to business!
- Silhouette machine. . . have I mentioned I LOVE my Cameo!
- Gold Glitter Heat Transfer Material
- Material to make your pillow forms… or buy pillow forms… or onsies.
- Sewing machine
- I feel like I’m missing something. . . but that’s it!
First, I’m going to tell you briefly how I make my Pillow Forms. (Pillow forms are the BEST because you can re-use your pillows you already have, and just make new pillow cases (that barely take up any extra space in your closet) to change up your front room.
Here’s how I make mine.
- I measure my pillows that I already have. They are usually either 16×16 or 18×18 one 12×16 and one 20×20. I’m going to use the dimensions as if I was making a 20×20 pillow case.
- Brown Square: Cut a 20.5 x 20.5 perfect square (the half inch is included for the seam… I’ve done an inch before but then my pillow cases end up being to baggy. However, if you’ve never done this before, it’s good to err on the large size and then size it down than to have to make a whole new pillow. So, if you’re not so sure, I’d recommend making a 21 x 21 inch square and then sewing it down as needed after you try it on to your pillow.
- Cream Back: Next, make a 20.5 inch long x 14 inch rectangle. I usually just gauge what width I want it to be. All my pillows are ‘pocket pillows’ meaning that in the back, their is an overlapping pocket so that I don’t need a zipper or buttons to close up the back. It is 2 over lapping pieces that create a pocket. So, if I’m doing a 20.5 inch pillow, I know that I need each piece to be larger than half that size (half would be about 10 inches). Thus each pocket piece is 14 inches. After you lay your pieces on top of each other, make sure they overlap 3-4 inches or so.
- Next, Fold down the edge of you pocket pieces and sew a straight stitch down 1/4 inch from the fold.
- Lay the pocket pieces on top of your perfect square. . . RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER for all pieces!
- Now Sew a square all the way around your pillow.
- Flip your pillow right side out and . . . viola! You have made a pillow case. Nice, simple, clean, easy!
Next, design your pillows in your Silhouette Design Studio.
I found what fonts I wanted to use in pages, and then typed them up in the design studio. I also found the perfect turkey that I wanted at the silhouette online store for 0.99- love when that happens.
Always Test cut your design before you cut your real gold glitter product! I don’t always do this step. . . however, if I only have one sheet of gold to use, I want to use as much as possible, waste the least amount of space, and make sure that that is the size I wanted everything on my pillows. So I cut a piece of card stock first and saw how it looked on my pillow cases.
***MAKE SURE YOU inverse and switch your design so that it is BACKWARDS and MIRRORING how you really want it to look. The glitter transfer paper is attached to a plastic piece to help hold your design in place and make it easier to iron on and since the gold glitter piece is on the back it has to be FLIPPED and MIRRORED as you can see in my picture. Obviously for the turkey it wouldn’t matter. . . but with the letters it will!
After designing and testing your design, then you can either place the gold glitter heat transfer directly into your machine, or you can put it on your cutting board and have it cut that way. I did both. I started out with just the gold material. . . but since I had so much to cut and it all had to be very precise, I didn’t want it to slip at all. So I ended up placing the gold glitter heat transfer material onto my sticky matt.
Also, note to self, use their exact directions. They know what they are doing and I’m sure have tested it out before. I however decided that I was going to turn my blade up one notch (it said to cut with a 3 blade and I used 4). As you can see 4 was too hard and sharp and it cut right through my material. 3 was perfect for the rest! Also, as you can see it started slipping on me a bit. . . thats why I’d just recommend placing it on your stick board so no slippage happens. It’s safer that way!
This Gold glitter heat transfer material is AMAZING! I love how it works. Once you have cut out your design, you simply peel back the EXTRA material and leave your design stuck to the plastic it’s attached to. (As you can see the gold was on the plastic piece facing down. . . thats why you had to inverse your image and put it mirroring). Also, make sure that you peel back any little holes in the a’s or e’s. . . if you don’t they will get ironed on to your pillow case and they will be there FOREVER!
As you can see, I had a little helper that wanted to play Horsey while I wanted peel gold back! He ended up helping me. . . and then we of course went on a horsey ride! Little helpers are the best!
Next, cut around your image keeping the sticky plastic piece attached to your gold.
Place the design exactly where you want it on your pillow case, onsie, or material. You can easily move it around for adjustments.
Place a scrap material on top of your design and iron your material. Don’t go back and forth so much. Instead press firmly for 30-50 seconds at a time, then lift your iron up and place down in a new spot. Do this for a few minutes until your whole design has been pressed with your hot iron.
If you feel like their are places where the gold hasn’t stuck quite well, then just place material over your design again and keep ironing.
Once you are done ironing, slowly peel back your plastic piece and TA DA!!!!! I LOVE MY GOLD TURKEY! (sorry for the ALL Caps! I just can’t help it!)
So much you can do with this Glitter Heat Transfer material from Silhouette! I want more colors for move pillows. Wouldn’t it be cute to do a cupid in Red glitter or Pink glitter, XOXO, Ho Ho Ho, Let it Snow, Mr & Mrs, Love,