This gold glitter polka dot pillow took an hour to make! From start-to-finish, so easy! I used my Silhouette Cameo and their Gold Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl to make a ton of polka dots (aka circles) ha and ironed them on a burlap pillow cover that I also made. The pillow cover was simple to make-seriously just two rectangular pieces of burlap, measured to fit over my rectangular down pillow insert and sewn together. I can’t remove the cover but I knew that going in to the project and I get sick of decor so fast that if it gets dirty or ruined or it’s Tuesday and I decide I want a hot pink living room instead – then I rip the cover off and start from scratch. That’s what I love most about DIYing my home decor. If I buy a pillow cover, for some reason, I am less likely to move on but if I made it, I feel like, well I can make something even better next time! However if you don’t feel like starting from scratch and hauling out a sewing machine then just grab your plainest pillow or pick up a basic cover with a coupon at Hobby Lobby! (Have you ever been to the pillow cover aisle at Hobby Lobby, I discovered this aisle last year and was blown away. Tons of covers, from basic to decorated and if you have a coupon you can get them for like $5!) So, get one of those, throw it on your pillow cover and get ready to make a page full of circles in your Silhouette Studio software.
Open up Silhouette Studio and grab the Ellipse tool in the left side bar and make a circle, as best you can. Actually you don’t even have to make a circle, so much as you just need to use that tool to make something; be it an oval, ellipse, whatever… One of the many beauties of the Studio Software is; it is your friend and it wants to make your life easier. Really. Click on the shape you made. Then Open the Scale Window (located in the top right bar) and specify your dimensions. Uncheck the “Lock Aspect” box and type in your desired Height & Width for your circle, then click apply and voila! Circle! I told you Silhouette Studio is your friend. I made my circles 1″ x 1″ but depending on the overall size of your pillow you may want to go smaller or larger. You can always make a circle and cut one to get an idea for the scale to your pillow before you cut a whole page full.
Once you choose your appropriate circle size you can Open the Replicate Window (also located in that top bar) and simply choose the Fill Page option.
Not to be redundant but: Voila again! Page full of circles. Silhouette Studio = Friend.
Now let’s cut those bad boys out! I use the Material Setting for Heat Transfer Material FLOCKED. That works perfect for me. I also use my Cutting Mat with my Heat Transfer material but you don’t have to. Personal preference.
**HERE IS THE TRICKY PART**
Actually not so much tricky as just focus is needed. Calm the ADD and focus on the task at hand. I sometimes have issues with getting a little ahead of myself and really excited and thinking I know what I’m doing, so I screw it up. Load the Heat Transfer material with the not as pretty side up (I say not as pretty because the back still has some sparkles showing through, however it is nothing compared to the glitter front that you want on your pillow). You should not see beautiful gleaming glitter when you load your material to be cut. Warning: If you are seeing glorious gold glitter when you load your material you have a problem. Stop here. Do not pass go. Do not collect $100. I digress…. Just flip it over now before you are sad and mess up a perfectly good piece of material. The point is to cut the back side of the material. Not the part that you want showing. The super glittery side actually has a clear ironable coating on the top that you need to be uncut so you can iron your circles pretty side up to your pillow.
Terrible photo, but you get the point. Ok, now you are ready to cut!
Once it is complete you just grab the corner of the glitter vinyl and weed, leaving only your circles behind, still attached to the clear coating. Now heat up your iron and start on one corner working your way diagonally across the pillow. To be honest, I eyeballed the whole process. (You can tell.) I didn’t make it into an exact science. Have fun with the placement!
Instructions on the material say to cover the clear topper with a white cloth before ironing but I just iron directly on the clear coating. Test that out with your own iron before diving in though. I always use the hottest setting and make sure there’s no water in the iron before starting. The clear topper will start to easily peel up as soon as the circle has adhered to the pillow. Just peel as you go. That is it. If I have any circles that don’t stick 100% I just pop my iron over them again and re-adhere, even without the clear topper. Actually, I also do this if I ever see one lifting (let’s be real, I have 2 & 3 year old boys, they do pick at my pillows, ugh) so I just iron the circles back down if I see one coming up.
This post probably took longer then the actual process… So, stop wasting your time, get out there and create!
I love how my gold glitter polka dot pillow turned out!