For this month’s Silhouette Challenge, I am working with one of my favorite mediums: Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl. I use it instead of rhinestones and I love this stuff. I guess it’s not fair to really call it a challenge since I’ve worked with it before. But this is my first “glitter vinyl instead of rhinestones” Christmas Pillow.
It’s been Christmas craft crazy here at Create & Babble. I’ve got so many projects going on at the same time. But I’m excited to have this Christmas Pillow done and tell you how I did it.
Here are the steps to create a rhinestone word design in the Silhouette Designer Edition software:
- use the “text” tool and type your word using the font of your choice (I used typed Great Vibes)
- weld the letters together
- adjust to the size you need
- open the Rhinestone window and chose the style of your rhinestones (I used linear fill)
- adjust the size and spacing of the rhinestone holes until you get the look you want
- flip the shape horizontally (don’t forget that part!)
- load vinyl without cutting mat into Silhouette with the sparkly side down (use load media – not load cutting mat)
- cut heat transfer vinyl using speed: 3 blade: 3 thickness: 33
I find that weeding heat transfer glitter vinyl is so much easier than regular wall vinyl. I did lose a couple “rhinestones” in the weeding process, but I just cut a few extra and popped them into place.
After the weeding was done, I placed the design, plastic backing side up, on my 20″ square piece of white cotton fabric and covered it with another piece of the same fabric that would be the back of the pillow. (You have to cover it with something or the iron will melt the plastic backing) Then using a lot of pressure, I pressed down and held the hot, dry iron for about 10-15 seconds. Then I repositioned the iron and repeated the pressing until the entire design was pressed. The plastic backing of the glitter vinyl releases very easily and the little circles of glitter vinyl that are adhered to the fabric look so much like rhinestones! Look at the sparkle!
Now I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to set all the rhinestones that would be needed for a design like this. I tried it once and failed miserably. I just don’t have the “touch” or patience.
Now here’s where I got fancy: to finish the pillow, I machine-stitched a red cording trim to the edges of the back section of the pillow. This is the first time I have ever done that and I must say it was a little tricky around the corners! Then with right sides together, I machine-stitched three sides of the four sides of the pillow, leaving one side open to insert the pillow form. The last step was to hand sew the bottom opening.
I got out my old Partridge quilt and put it on the big green snuggle chair in the corner of my living room. This will be a nice, cozy spot to snuggle up and read with my grandson.
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
My Silhouette Challenge buddies are all sharing projects today on their blogs, so peruse the links below for a blog-hopping good time.
DIY Ironing Board Hangerby The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Artby Nearly Handmade
Santa’s Christmas Countdownby Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorialby The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut Fileby unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Signby Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etchby Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challengeby Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Signby Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillowby Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabricby The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garlandby Lil’ Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board – Silhouette Challengeby One Tough Mother
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencilsby Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Treeby Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tagby From Wine to Whine
‘Happy Holly-days’ Tags for the Swapby An Elegant Touch…
Thank You for Dinner (Card)by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdownby My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowlsby Please Excuse My Craftermath…
Paper Carnivalby Home At Eight
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cardsby Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tagsby Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mindby Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way!by My Paper Craze
Christmas Lights Garlandby Making Home Base
We Are Thankfulby 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugsby Coley’s Corner
Do you have a Silhouette machine?
Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we’d love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.
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Meredith @ unOriginalMom says
Oh my goodness, this is so pretty! I had no idea that glitter vinyl even existed…but I am definitely getting some! Love how this pillow turned out!
Thanks Meredith! Warning: you will get hooked on glitter HTV!
Janice @ NearlyHandmade says
Wow! I’m with you Meredith! I had no clue that stuff existed! I’m beyond excited to have found out about glittery vinyl, Jeanie and your project couldn’t have turned out any cuter! Way to go!
Thank you Janice! You sound just as excited as I was when I first heard about it!
Kirsten @ One Tough Mother says
This is so beautiful and festive! I love it! I’m going to have to steal your idea 😉
Thanks Kirsten! Steal away!
Kristy gd says
Oh wow! That came out amazing! The piping around the edge really gives it that extra umph. I never thought I’d find a use for rhinestones, but it looks like you just found one for me!
Thanks Kristy! That piping does give it a finished look.
Kristy gd says
Hm.. I think I’m only *just* realizing that there are no rhinestones in this project. That’s just htv?!? Wow! Sure fooled me!
Yep, just HTV!
What a great idea! It turned out so pretty!
Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says
I LOVE glitter HTV. I haven’t even used Rhinestones yet because I love the glitter HTV so much! I love your pillow very cute!
Thanks Carrie! Ever since I discovered glitter HTV, I won’t touch another rhinestone!
Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom says
I love how you used the rhinestone setting for something else. Gives me hope–I have a great idea for that setting, and I’m hoping that it will work! Love how this turned out!
Thank you Rachel! I’d love to see what you make!
Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says
Whoa, Jeanie! This might be one of my favorite projects of yours EVER (and I have a lot of favorites). What a fantastic finished look. And I’m a rhinestone fanatic, but I’m also impatient, so I love that you can achieve a rhinestone look without all the meticulous steps of using actual rhinestones.
Do you have recommended source for your glitter HTV? I’ve heard it’s not the easiest to work with, but your tutorial has me itchin’ to try this method out! (Glitter does have certain powers over me.)
Thanks for participating in this month’s challenge and for inspiring us with your creativity (yet again)!
Thank you Lauren, you’re so sweet! I get the glitter HTV from Expressions Vinyl or Specialty Graphics (whichever has a special going!) It is sooo easy to work with – you will love it!
LOVE your festive pillow! I too made some pillows 🙂 Great job!
Randi Sowders says
So amazing! I really love it! Great job!
That’s a really nice project. I don’t have one of those machines but boy I wish I did.
Thanks Gracie! I hope you get a Silhouette one of these days! You will love it!
Lynne Fenbert Neumann says
Wow, just Wow. That is beautiful. It looks like lots of work. I wonder if that would work as a stencil also? I bet it would. I think I will try that.
Thank you Lynne! It looks like more work than it actually is! I’m sure it would work as a stencil, too! Let me know how it goes!
Wowsers that is beautiful! I’ve never seen that glitter heat transfer vinyl before. It’s lovely!
Thank you Valerie! I’m so glad you like it!
Glenna Anderson says
Your pillow is gorgeous! I’m going to have to try this.
Thanks Glenna! Let me know if you do! I’d love to hear how you like working with glitter vinyl.
Pam- GetSilvered says
This is such a stunning pillow. Now you’ve made me want to try the glitter HTV out 🙂 Such an elegant project. I think the cord around the pillow is the perfect finish.
Thank you Pam! You gotta try it!
This pillow turned out beautifully! You have such a great eye for color and form….you’ve totally inspired me!
Thank you so much Marilyn! And I’m glad I inspired you!
Love the crisp white with the red cording and lettering!!! Beautiful! Would like to invite you to come share at One More Time Events…Tammy
What a beautiful pillow! I have a weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria
Thank you MariaElena!
Cynthia L says
Wow! I just love this pillow, just enough bling to make it stand out. Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. So glad you dropped this by!
Trisha D. says
Finally having a chance to go through all the Silhouette Challenge project inspiration– I’m like a [big] kid on Christmas but earlier!!
Gah, who doesn’t need a little bling on a festive pillow?! I’m still a noob at Heat Transfer Vinyl but you make it look so darn easy!! One of these days I’ll take a crack at it!
Keep on being fabulous!!
Thanks Trisha! It really is easy to work with!
How clever! I had to read it twice to realize that it’s HTV! Consider my mind blown. 🙂
Thank you Tori! You’re not the only one to think it was rhinestones! Glitter vinyl is fabulous!
I stay away from HTV as much as possible. Way to costly to get addicted to lol. But this is beautiful and don’t you just love combining your loves. I love when I get to combine my silhouette stuff with my sewing stuff.
This is so fun! I have a silhouette and I LOVE it! I will have to try this out!
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
Love, love, love this pillow. Gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty
Thank you Marty!
Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse says
So festive and pretty. Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
I just LOVE this…Someday I hope to be brave enough to try it. 🙂
Thanks for linking up to Twirl and Take A Bow! http://arttisbeauty.blogspot.com/2013/11/twirl-and-take-bow-link-party-65.html
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