Winter Pillows DIY

Let’s talk about how to make easy winter pillows DIY with iron-on vintage transfers. I love anything vintage, aged, and winter. Christmas will be here before we know it. Yes, it’s around the corner, however, this winter pillow project can be made in no time.

By the way, this project isn’t only easy but it’s budget-friendly too. The best thing about these easy pillows is they work for Christmas and can be left in the home all winter long.

Incidentally, this winter pillow project uses iron on transfers.  These are very easy to work with so don’t concern yourself about difficulty and time.

Besides, I have done this process a few times for other crafts.   As an example, if you are like me and love vintage visit this project that shares a full tutorial.  Wait until you see how inexpensive this is to create and it’s perfect for a nonsewer like me!

So, let’s get started with how to make easy winter pillows using iron-on vintage transfers.

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Using the correct paper is important. There’s iron on transfer paper for light fabric and darker fabrics. I buy mine from Amazon and will share a link at the end of this post. It’s also a great price.

Using Cotton Or Muslin Fabric On The Pillow Project Is Best

Step 1: The Best Fabric to Use to Make this Simple Idea

Pillow covers for this winter transfer project are easy to find. There’s a wide selection out there. Again, I have bought covers at Amazon for a fantastic price. For the most part, cotton or muslin is my recommendation for iron-on transfers.

18x18 pillow covers for this project

Give The Pillows An Antique Look With A Tea Staining Technique

Step 2: Adding an Aged Look Using a Quick Idea

Tea staining fabric has been done for years. I remember my mom doing this to pieces in our home. I truly think that is why I am fond of this technique to add age to fabrics.

adding the pillow covers to a pot filled with tea to stain for winter pillows

Items Needed For This Project

  • iron on transfer paper
  • iron
  • 8×10 piece of thin wood
  • pillow covers – the size of your choice I used 18×18
  • graphic image in reverse
  • printer
  • 8 tea bags
  • pot of simmering water

When tea staining fabric, I find it best to fill a pot with water and heat on the stove to a low simmer. After it reaches a simmer add a bunch of tea bags. Using a wooden spoon stir the tea bags to release the tea. After you get the darkness of the tea desired, add your pillow covers.

taking the pillow covers out of the tea stain for my winterr pillows

Nowadays we have Keruig machines in our homes. Yes, K-cups work for this process. I recommend one K-cup of tea or coffee.

Because the water is warm the tea activates the fabric easily. Next, take the pot carefully to the sink and squeeze the water out well. Hang them to dry. The drying process isn’t too long.

Where I Find The Iron Transfers For These Winter Pillows

Step 3: I Share Where to Find Images to Use

When finding transfers for your pillows, for the most part, I enjoy vintage graphics.  So this is my go-to Etsy shop.  I recommend you visit here for images because she has a great selection and right now her images are on sale.  Also, she has a wide selection of French, Farmhouse, and general winter and Christmas images.

showing the iron on transfer image for the pillows

After finding graphics for the winter pillows, this shop owner automatically sends her images in forward and reverse.  It’s particularly important the image is in reverse for these pillows.

Now print the vintage images for the winter pillows 8×10. This is namely, for inkjet printers, not laser printers as stated in the instructions.

After printing your image it’s time to heat the iron.

Recommendations When Ironing The Vintage Transfer On The Winter Pillows

Step 4

Now, heat your iron to the highest setting with NO steam. While the iron is heating grab a thin piece of wood, a wood cutting board, or very smooth tile to place inside the pillow cover. This step is important because when applying for iron transfers, an ironing board can’t be used!

putting a piece of wood into the pillow cover for ironing on the transfer

Step 5: Ironing the Fabrics an Important Step

Next step, iron your pillow cover to get ready for your winter graphic. If you use the tea staining process, the fabric will be wrinkled from squeezing the excess water out. Next, slip your hard surface inside your cover making sure it’s centered. Before adding the iron on transfer for your winter pillow slightly heat the cover.

ironing the pillow cover to get the wrinkles out from squeezing the tea water out

Now flip your image over and follow the instructions on the package.

Here’s an important tip:

For the most part, push down on the iron. It’s recommended not to use an ironing motion to keep the image flat and smooth. Also, roughly hold the iron going over the image for a count of 60. It’s never steered me wrong.

ironing on the iron on transfer make sure you push down very well to make the graphic stick

Step 6: Removing the Backing From the Image

Next, carefully remove the backing and you are finished and have a beautiful pillow. Your winter pillows can go in the washing machine in cold water on delicate.

beginning to remove the back of the iron on transfer
removing the backing off the iron on transfer.  showing a bit of the image for the winter pillows
showing the finished winter pillows on our couch

I hope you enjoyed this project on easy winter pillows DIY with iron-on vintage transfers. I hope this inspires you to make some for your home or as a gift for the pillow lover in your life.

Remember To Pin For Inspiration!

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19 thoughts on “Winter Pillows DIY

  1. These are super cute, CIndy! Thanks for the heads up about the rubbing. I would have definitely rubbed the iron back and forth but I can see now how that would mess the graphic up and these pillow covers are too cute to mess up. Love this idea so much! Loving and pinning, CoCo

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