Friday, January 22, 2010

DIY Valentines Project

Today I am sharing a fun DIY project from Creature Comforts that you can make for your loved one this Valentine's Day.

It is a cute little transfer design that you can put on a set of pillow cases. It is guaranteed to make you smile!

You will need:
  • Two pillowcases (light colors will work best)
  • Iron-on Transfer Paper for light colored fabrics. (tee-shirt transfer paper).  Be sure that it is the correct type for your color printer.  You will need two sheets.
  • Color printer
  • Scissors
  • Iron (no steam)
How to:
Download Free Printable Valentine Iron-on Transfer
  1. Print the PDF onto transfer paper.  Cut out carefully around the text, leaving the letters attached with a small amount of the transfer paper (see image one for how I did it).  Be careful not to scratch the surface of your transfer paper while working.  Note: the text will print backwards.  It will read correctly when applied to your pillowcases.
  2. Lay your pillowcases out on a flat surface and line the words and letters up on your pillowcases with the paper-backing facing up (be sure that both sides of your text will line up to read correctly once the pillows are in use).  To give yourself an easy guide for lining up the two sections of text simply fold pillowcases in half lengthwise and insert a pin to mark where the center is.
  3. A trick for ensuring that your text is straight before ironing, is to fold the lower half of your pillowcase up to the center (where you inserted the pin).  The bottom edge is now a nice straight guideline for you to arrange your words along.  I arranged my letters approximately 2 inches away from the outside edge so that when the pillowcase was stuffed the text would still be visible.  Once everything is straight iron your text following directions for use found inside your iron-on transfer paper packaging.
  4. Allow design to cool for 2 minutes before carefully removing the paper backing.  For optimum usability and softness, wash before use.

A BIG thank you to Ez from Creature Comforts for letting me share this cute project!


Ez said...

Thanks so much for sharing my project here on your lovely blog Amanda!

{little.happy.things} said...

I love these pillows, they are definately cute and lovely!

Mike said...

I love how when the two pillow cases connect it says you complete me. That is adorable.

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