DIY Easter Décor Project: How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Cotton Pillow

DIY Easter Décor Project: How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Cotton Pillow

Now that the weather is warming up it's starting to feel like Spring and those Springtime vibes make me want to craft up all the things. Today, I'm using my Cricut Maker and Craftables Smooth Heat Transfer Vinyl to show you how to apply HTV onto a cotton pillow so you can make your own cute DIY Easter decorations in under 30 minutes.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Estimated Time To Complete: 25 mins

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Set Up Design and Prepare Mat

Upload the Easter Bunny SVG and scale it according to the size of your pillow cover. I made mine 11 inches wide. I also typed out the wording using the text tool. The font I used is called Dasher.

Click the make it button and in the next window you'll want to turn on the mirror function for both mats.

Then, set the material to iron-on and double check that the correct blade is loaded into the machine.

Step Two: Load and Cut

Place the first color of vinyl on the cutting mat and load it into the machine by aligning it between the guides and pressing the load button. Press the flashing start button to begin cutting.

Once the first color has finished cutting, load the second color onto the mat. *Remember, heat transfer vinyl cuts in reverse so place the shiny side down against the mat.

Step Three: Weed Images

Use scissors to free the design from the rest of the sheet of vinyl then remove the excess vinyl from around the design.

For the smaller pieces, use a hook tool or something similarly sharp and pointy.

Step Four: Press Designs

Preheat the pillow cover with a warm iron for about 15 seconds. This not only removes the wrinkles but it also helps give the heat transfer vinyl a warm surface to adhere to.

Place the decal on the pillow and cover with a teflon sheet. Use the iron on the cotton setting (no steam) to press in sections for 10-15 seconds each time.

Let the heat transfer vinyl cool for at least 10 seconds before attempting to remove the carrier sheet. Carefully peel away a corner to check that it has properly adhered. If it's still peeling away from the fabric, place it back down and press again.

Repeat the steps above to add the words to the pillow and you're done!

Adding heat transfer vinyl on a cotton pillow is such an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your home decor. You can even do a completely different design on the back and get more bang for your buck. Two pillows for the price of one!

For even more home decor inspiration check out our DIY Throw Pillow with Inkjet Printable Vinyl post on the Craftables blog.

About the Author


My name is Kayla and I’m a DIY loving mom of 3, living in North Carolina. I absolutely love creating! It doesn’t matter if it’s refinishing furniture or paper crafting, I love it all. I’m a former blogger for Silhouette America and current blogger for Cricut so I know the ins and outs of both machines and love teaching beginners all of the handy tips and tricks. Come visit my blog at or follow me on Instagram @kayla_made.

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