I have loved working with iron-on to make custom pillowcases and shirts. I love it even more now that I have a Cricut EasyPress because it is so simple to use!
What is the EasyPress?
The Cricut EasyPress combines the speed of a heatpress and the convenience of an iron. It has a 9″X9″ plate that evenly heats up to 360°. It comes with an insulated safety base when you aren’t using it and it even has an automatic shut-off feature after 10 minutes. I love the countdown timer function on it and that the Cricut light goes from red to green when it’s ready to use. In short, it is simple to use for your iron-on designs.
I made this Trick or Treat Pillow with three different types of iron-on to show you how well the EasyPress adheres them all. You change the settings on it with the touch of a button. I also did a larger design than the 9″X9″ plate but that’s okay too because you can divide the design and press each piece.
Materials for DIY Trick or Treat Pillow:
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Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Standard Grip Mat
Fine Tip Blade
Cricut Iron-on Black
Cricut Iron-on Holographic Green
Cricut Iron-on Chrome
One 20″X 20″ Pillow Case (I used an IKEA Gurli pillow cover)
Optional (but super helpful!):
Cricut Weeding Tool Set
Open Cricut Design Space and open this file——-> Trick or Treat Knockout Pillow
First you are going to cut out your iron-on. You will need to make sure you click on the “Mirror” button for each mat. Put your iron-on on your standard grip mat liner side down. Since you are using three different kinds of iron-on, make sure you change the setting for each mat. The first mat is foil iron-on. You will change the setting after you cut each mat. Once you cut our your iron-on you will need to carefully weed out the excess. You can see in the pictures below what a difference the Cricut BrightPad makes in being able to see where you need to weed. I also love the Cricut weeding tool set to be able to get out the tiny cuts of vinyl.
Now you are ready to use your EasyPress! There are different heat settings for different types of iron-on and materials. Your press will come with a chart you can reference or you can find that information here.
First, you will want a flat heat resistant surface for your project. An ironing board is not recommended as it is unstable and absorbs too much heat. You can layer a towel underneath your project if you need to. You will start with the black layer first. Center the design on the pillow. The temperature for regular iron-on is 305° for 30 seconds. This design is larger than the press so you will divide it into 4 sections and press each one.
I started in the top left hand corner and then moved in a clockwise motion. Place the EasyPress on the iron-on and gently push it down. Press your timer button to start the timer. Once it beeps you can move to the next section.
Once you have pressed your entire design, careful peel up the protective sheet. If the sheet is not easily peeling away from the iron-on you can re-press the area again.
Now you are ready to press the green holographic sparkle iron-on. You will need to change the temperature to 330° and the timer to 20 seconds. You will want to carefully line up your design so that it fits perfectly in the letters. You will press it in two sections, left to right. Again, after you are finished pressing the protective sheet should easily peel away from your design. I love the green sparkle!
Now you are ready to press the foil iron-on. You will need to change the temperature on your press to 295° and the timer to 35 seconds. Again, carefully line up the moon in the words. Once you have pressed your foil iron-on moon you need to wait until it is completely cool to peel it. Otherwise the foil may wrinkle or tear.
Now your pillowcase is complete and ready for a pillow!
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