I’m obsessed with the Infusible Ink pillow cover blanks. Can’t.stop.making.pillows! This is my 4th Infusible Ink DIY Pillow Cover design (you can see my first one here, you’ll have to stay tuned for the other 3 🙂 ). But I’ll give you a hint: this Hey Pumpkin throw pillow cover flips over to make it the perfect Christmas pillow!
I’ve made many pillow covers with my Cricut but now that I’ve made them with Infusible Ink I don’t think I’ll make them any other way. It’s amazing how professional these DIY throw pillow covers look with their seamless edges and vivid colors (even if it’s just black like this one). I love that my pillow designs won’t crack, wrinkle or dimple.
Black and white may not fall under the standard fall color palette but I wanted to mix it up a little this year. I really love the simplicity of this DIY throw pillow cover….the simple black lettered phrase is neutral enough for any decor color scheme. And they go perfectly with all of my buffalo check pumpkins! I combined a couple of phrases from Design Space to make this cute design.
How to Make an Infusible Ink DIY Throw Pillow Cover
If you’re new to infusible ink, check out this post for all of the basics to get you up and running and ready to make all the things. A question I get a lot is “do I have to use an EasyPress for Infusible Ink?” You don’t have to, but if you want to make sure that you get consistent ink infusion results throughout your design you kind of do have to use an EasyPress. The EasyPress 2 gets hot enough to infuse the ink into whatever blank you are applying it onto and has an even heating plate. The 12″ x 10″ EasyPress 2 is perfect for the throw pillow covers since the heat plate is large enough to cover the entire design (unless you have a really huge design).
The second question I get a lot is “do I have to use Cricut’s blanks for Infusible Ink?” Again, for the best results possible, yes. The Cricut blanks were developed exclusively for use with Infusible Ink so using generic blanks may give you inconsistent results as far as the vibrancy, longevity and seamless appearance.
So now you’re up to speed, let’s make you one! 😉
Hey Pumpkin DIY Throw Pillow Cover
- In Design Space, open the Hey Pumpkin cut file and adjust the size if you'd like. Click Make it and mirror the image.
- On the Cricut Maker, choose browse all materials from the drop down menu and select Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet. If you're using a Cricut Explore model, turn the Smart Dial to Custom and select Infusible Ink in Design Space.
- Place the Infusible Ink transfer sheet onto the cutting mat liner (shiny, non-patterned) side down. Load the mat into machine and press the flashing GO button.
- Remove the cut design from the mat and trim away unused area of sheet. Gently roll the cut design so the cut lines separate and are more visible. “Cracking” the cut like this makes it easier to grasp and remove excess paper from in and around your design. Make sure your hands are completely dry before weeding. Use tweezers or your fingers to carefully weed negative pieces from in and around your design, leaving the design on the liner. Trim the clear liner so that it does not extend beyond Cricut EasyPress heat plate.
- Set your EasyPress to 385º F. The EasyPress 2 12" x 10" is the perfect size for the pillow cover blanks. You want to make sure the entire design is covered; you don't want to overlap the heat on an area or the results may look inconsistent.
- Place the pillow cover blank on the Cricut EasyPress mat. Position a sheet of card stock inside the pillow cover where the design will be to protect the pillow case and mat.
- Use a fresh adhesive lint roller and roll the entire surface of the pillow cover. Even the smallest debris or fibers can create imperfections in the Infusible Ink transfer.
- Cover the throw pillow cover with butcher paper and preheat the application area at 385º F for 15 seconds. The butcher paper must be larger than the Cricut EasyPress heat plate (butcher paper comes with the Infusible Ink transfer sheets).
- Place the design face down on the pillow cover with the clear liner on top and cover with butcher paper. You can use heat resistant tape to keep your design in place if you'd like.
- Press at 385º F for 60 seconds with light pressure.
- Slowly lift the EasyPress, remove the butcher paper and remove the liner while still warm.
Care Instructions for Infusible Ink Pillow Covers
Like all of the infusible ink blanks, you machine wash cold without bleach. Tumble dry low and iron if needed (with medium heat, no steam). Do not dry clean.
Have you tried an infusible ink pillow cover yet? What design would you want to try first? I’d love to see what you make! Send me pics of tag me on social @lydioutloud!