Christmas is almost here, and this year, I’m making some easy, no-sew Christmas throw pillows for a few special people on my list.
After all, what is Christmas if we aren’t working our little DIY fingers to the bone?
Sewing machines humming, the sound of our Silhouette Machines meticulously cutting through our fun SVG designs and the sound of the heat press making its final press on our beautifully crafted masterpieces.
However, if there’s one thing I know about holiday crafting, it rarely goes as planned.
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The hustle and bustle of the season
You start out with great intentions to finish your Christmas gifts in time to relax and enjoy the season.
But then when you’ve miscalculated your cut or your embroidery machine eats yet one more spool of thread, the next thing you know, you’re pulling an all-nighter on Christmas Eve, frantically working to get all of your gifts finished and wrapped before the first guest comes through your front door Christmas morning.
Yep, I’ve been there all too many times, swearing that “this” would be the year that I wouldn’t be throwing on a bow at the last minute.
DIY NO SEW PILLOWS
After repeating this for several years in a row, I decided it was time to streamline my Christmas DIY projects.
Although I love to sew, I decided that the only gifts I would allow myself to make for Christmas would be gifts that didn’t require a sewing machine. And oh, praise God, I gave up embroidering too! (#notafan)
Talk about a game-changer!
Now I can whip up presents in just minutes, and…wait for it….they would be beautifully wrapped and under the tree weeks before Christmas!
I still put a lot of thought behind my gift-giving, but I no longer show up on Christmas morning exhausted from pulling an all-nighter.
From one DIYer to another, it’s time to adopt the belief that just because you can make it, doesn’t mean you should.
And, my friend, I’ve got your back!
I created four new Christmas SVG Cut Files so that all you have to do is order the pillow covers, load the SVG file into your cutting machine software, and within minutes you’ll have a beautiful gift that your loved one will, no doubt, love!
Double-Sided DIY Pillows
To get more bang for your buck, I create double-sided throw pillows.
Yep, I put a different design on each side of the cover and when your loved one is ready for a fresh new look, she can simply flip the pillow over.
Now you’re getting two pillows for the price of one, and that right there is a huge win!
So let’s get to work!
Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable list
- 18″ x 18″ Throw Pillow Covers
- 17″ x 17″ Pillow Inserts (If you prefer a “stuffed pillow” look, go with 18″ x 18″ pillow inserts)
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Teflon Sheets
- Heat Press Pillows
- Silhouette or Cricut Cutting Machine
- Silhouette or Cricut Cutting Mat
- Craft Weeding Tools (I prefer these over the Silhouette tools)
- Heat Press, Cricut Easy Press, or Household Iron
- Christmas and Winter SVG Cut Files (You can find them in our FREE community library. Simply subscribe to our newsletter below to get instant access to them along with all of our FREE resources.)
easy no sew Christmas pillows
Now let’s get started on those adorable pillows!
- Preheat your Heat Press to 305° (320° if using the Thermoflex Buffalo Plaid Vinyl) for 15 seconds.
- Open your files in Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space.
- These designs were made for an 18″ x 18″ pillow cover; however, if you are making a different sized pillow, adjust the design so that it fits what you are making.
- Cut your design by vinyl color, making sure to mirror the image, if necessary. (Both designs have been created so that when layered, there will be no bulk.)
- Weed your designs.
- Insert a Heat Press Pillow inside the Pillow Cover.
- Center the first design on one side of the pillow. (To find the center, fold the pillow cover in half both ways.)
- Place a Teflon sheet on top of the Heat Transfer Vinyl Carrier Sheet and press.
- Remove the carrier sheet, lay the Teflon Sheet over the design and press again. (If you need more help, check out Adding Heat Transfer Vinyl to a Shirt. It’s the same concept no matter what type of fabric blank you are using.)
- Flip the 18″ x 18″ Pillow Cover over and repeat steps 4-9.
You now have an adorable Double-Sided Christmas/Winter Pillow!
Whether you’re making an easy no-sew Christmas pillow for yourself or as a gift for a friend, you’ll have these pillows done in under 30 minutes!
If you need more help using your Silhouette Cutting Machine, I highly recommend The Ultimate Silhouette Guide by Melissa Viscount.
This book cut my learning curve in half when I was learning how to use my Silhouette Cameo and I often refer back to it for DIY projects that I’m not familiar with. As a Footprints of Inspiration reader, you get 10% off by using coupon code: FOOTPRINTS at checkout.
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Until next time…
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- Preheat your Heat Press to 305° (320° if using Thermaflex Buffalo Plaid Vinyl) for 15 seconds.
- Open your FREE Christmas SVG Files in Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space.
- Adjust the size of designs, if needed.
- Cut your designs by Vinyl Color. (Mirror the image, if necessary.)
- Weed your vinyl using the Cricut Weeding Tools.
- Place a Heat Press Pillow inside the pillow cover.
- Center the first design on one side of the 18 x 18 Pillow Cover. (To find the center, fold the pillow cover in half both ways.)
- Place a Teflon Sheet on top of the vinyl carrier sheet (that's the clear sheet your vinyl is attached to) and press for 15 minutes. (If using a household iron, make sure you press on a hard, stable surface so that you can easily apply a lot of pressure.)
- Remove the carrier sheet and repress, making sure to use the Teflon Sheet.
- Flip the Pillow Cover over and repeat steps 7-9.
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