Cause baby it’s cooooold ooooutsiiiide!
Seriously. It’s cold outside. It’s been below freezing for about a week now and, most of the time, the temps have been in the single digits. Which, it turns out, is the perfect sewing weather. Especially when I plug in the heated blanket. So I’ve been holed away in my sewing room (which is finally starting to come together) working on lots of new projects.
One of the latest projects I’ve made is this easy Baby It’s Cold Outside envelope closure pillow and it’s my entry for this month’s Cricut Design Challenge.
Want to make one too? Let’s get started!
- Cricut Explore
- Baby It’s Cold Outside Pillow Project File
- Cricut Iron-On Gold Glitter
- 12×12 Standard Grip Mat
- Weeder Tool
- 17×17 Pillow Insert (Get 10% off at PillowCubes with the code Sewbon10)
- General Sewing Supplies
This tutorial is to make a pillow cover for a 17 inch x 17 inch pillow insert. Make sure to adjust all the measurements accordingly if the pillow insert you are using is bigger or smaller.
One: Cut the fabric for the pillow as follows:
- Cut one 17×17 square for the front of the pillow
- Cut two 14×17 rectangles for the back envelope closure of the pillow
Two: Hem the two back rectangles along a 17 inch side by folding the edge under 1/2 inch and then turning the edge under another 1/2 inch and stitching.
Three: Place the iron-on glitter on a standard grip mat with the dull side of the iron-on facing up.
Four: Download and unzip the Baby It’s Cold Outside Pillow zip file and upload the .SVG File into Design Space as a vector image. Resize the image so that it’s 11 inches wide.
Five: Highlight all the images on the layers menu and select ‘Attach’. This will tell the machine to cut everything exactly as it appears on the screen.
Six: Set the Smart Set Dial on the Cricut to ‘Iron-On’.
Seven: Click ‘Go’ and make sure that the preview looks exactly like the image and that the words aren’t in a different order. If the words are in a different order, double check that everything was highlighted and then ‘Attached’ per step 5.
Eight: Check the ‘Mirror Image (For Iron On)’ checkbox (the preview on the screen will flip to the mirror image) then click ‘Go’ and follow the on screen prompts to cut the project.
Nine: Use the Weeder tool to remove the background and the rest of the negative space.
Ten: Place the iron-on in the center of the front fabric square with the shiny side up. The words should read as normal.
Eleven: Iron the iron-on per the package instructions and peel off the shiny layer once the words are fully adhered. I originally tried using a press cloth but found I had to iron directly over the plastic shiny layer to get the words to adhere. The plastic didn’t melt when I did that, but be extra cautious and always follow the package instructions.
Twelve: Place the front fabric piece right side up and then lay the two back pieces over the front fabric piece right sides down. Align the raw edges of the front and back pieces so that the hemmed edges are in the middle.
Thirteen: Sew around the edges with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end. Clip the corners.
Fourteen: Turn the pillow case right side out and put the pillow insert in the pillow case.
And that’s it! Curl up with your new pillow on the couch by the fire and stay warm!
Disclaimer: This project was submitted as an entry in the Cricut Design Star challenge. In exchange for participating in this challenge, I received my Cricut Explore for free and I could also win a prize if my project is selected from the Cricut Judging Panel as a winner. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.