I’ve made quite a few Christmas gifts using my Cricut Explore since I received it. This year I signed up to participate in a DIY Secret Santa with a few of the other Cricut bloggers. It can be challenging to make something for someone that you don’t know very well; thankfully after a little browsing over on her blog, a few things came to mind. I needed to create something that wasn’t heavy or too big to ship, because she lives a few states away. I’ve been making personalized pillows for a few other friends and family, and I decided it would be a nice gift for her. Personally, I love personalized item and a personalized pillow could be used throughout her home. They’re super simple to make and they aren’t terribly expensive either. Here’s a quick tutorial, and a run down of where I purchased my supplies.
I used a design (the tree) from Design Space that I modified ever so slightly. The beautiful crafters font is called Amigirl, and I created the writing in Photoshop and saved it as a png. You could also use one of the fonts available in Design Space if you wanted to forego using other software.
The tree was originally a layered image. I considered using a glitter heat transfer vinyl on the leaves and leaving the additional layer, but I ultimately decided simpler was better.
You’ll need the following to create a personalized pillow:
I used the Cricut brand heat transfer vinyl because I like how easily it adheres to fabric. I’ve had problems with other brands peeling or requiring an excessive amount of ironing.
Just remember to select mirror image when cut the iron-on vinyl. I don’t own a heat press yet but I am comparing heat press machines to find the best one. So, for now, I used a regular iron. I gave the pillow a good press before applying the tree and then the name.
This pillow is headed to Katie over at The Crafty Blog Stalker. Do you think you’ll like it? I can’t wait to hear what she thinks.
Are you making any homemade gifts this holiday season? There are so many possibilities with Cricut, I’m using mine to make a few items for my own wedding.
Here’s what I received from my DIY Secret Santa.
You can find the tutorial over at The Idea Room. Thanks Amy!