How To Make Easy Winter Pillows

Let’s talk about how to make easy winter pillows 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 tranfers.  These are very easy to work with so don’t concern yourself about difficulty and time.

Besides, I have done this processs a few times for other crafts.   As an example, you can see this project HERE with a link to the full tutorial.  Wait until you see how inexpensive this is to create and it’s perfect for a non sewer 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

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

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 – 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 teas 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

Now a days 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 into 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

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 from 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 automaticaally sends her images in forward and reverse.  It’s particularly important the image is in reverse for these pillows.

Now print the vintage imge for the winter pillows 8×10. This is namely, for ink jet 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 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

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 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

Step 6

Next carefully remove the backing and your 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
sowing the finished winter pillows on our couch

I hope you enjoyed this project on how to make winter pillows 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.

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

18 thoughts on “How To Make Easy Winter Pillows

  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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