M2B Studio - Calligraphy by Missy Briggs

No-sew pillow in minutes

Missy Briggs

My daughter outgrew her favorite pajamas. This would normally be cause for alarm, but I had the perfect solution in mind. I took a piece of it and made it into a special cuddle-pillow. I don't sew, so the outcome of this project nearly brought me to happy tears. 

Outgrown jammies

Outgrown jammies

You will need the following materials:

Pillow Cover

Pillow

Heat transfer vinyl

Silhouette fabric stabilizer

Silhouette CAMEO 3 cutting machine

Iron

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Step one

Draw and trace. Draw your design on a piece of paper and scan into your computer as a jpg file. Open the jpg in Silhouette Studio and open the Trace menu.

Trace menu (in Silhouette Studio 4.0 Business Edition) 

Trace menu (in Silhouette Studio 4.0 Business Edition) 

For this design, I used a modified baby chick from the Silhouette Design Store (I used Cute Chick Envelope, design ID#26644) and a hand-lettered design of my own.

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Step two

Adhere fabric stabilizer. Follow the directions on the back of the fabric stabilizer package for best results. I used an iron set to cotton setting to press onto my fabric. 

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Fabric stabilizer does two things

  • It creates a sturdy and even backing on the fabric that makes cutting a cinch
  • The new backing instantly turns your fabric into heat transfer material

Step three

Cut the fabric. Cutting fabric with the Silhouette CAMEO 3 was a trial and error process for me. Choose a shape that is not intricate, along with fabric that is relatively lightweight* for best results. Place the fabric onto the cut mat and use a fabric blade or a brand new blade that you will designate for fabric only. 

*I used a thick, organic cotton for my very first try. I had to play with the cut settings a little to get it right, eventually opting for a slower speed and higher blade setting. 

 

Step four

Cut the heat transfer vinyl. Cutting fabric and regular vinyl is a straightforward process. Cutting heat transfer vinyl requires a mirror image. Do not forget to select your design in Silhouette Studio and then flip it horizontally to come up with a mirror image of your original work.  

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Step five

Press the fabric and heat transfer vinyl (HTV) onto the pillow case. I own a heat press, but for this tutorial I used my household iron on a cotton setting to press the fabric chick design and my HTV lettering design onto the pillowcase. Voilá! Magic!    

My daughter's nickname is Chica. Appropriate for this happy chick design.  

My daughter's nickname is Chica. Appropriate for this happy chick design.  

It's been a week of heavy wear and the fabric shows no sign of fraying!  

It's been a week of heavy wear and the fabric shows no sign of fraying!