Make a monogram pillow using Cricut’s ready to cut Infusible Ink sheets and a pillow cover in less than 30 minutes.
Making a monogram pillow with Infusible Ink creates a flawlessly smooth throw pillow perfect for your couch, bed or chairs. Unlike an iron-on transfer, where the monogram is attached on top of a base material using adhesive, the Infusible Ink heat transfer becomes one with the material itself. Infusible Ink pre-inked sheets transform into rich, vibrant hues once transferred onto the pillowcase. The Infusible Ink monogram pillow is bright and beautiful. It is a seamlessly smooth transfer that won’t flake, peel, wrinkle, or crack! Monogram pillows make fabulous wedding gifts, too.
How to Make a Monogram Pillow using Cricut Infusible Ink
Monogram Pillow Supplies
- Cricut cutting machine – Explore or Maker
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets -These come in many different colors and patterns. This one is a watercolor pattern set.
- Cricut Infusible Ink Pillowcase Blank – These are 18 x 18 throw pillow cases. I did not read the size and was expecting a bed pillow size. Surprise! It worked out fine, though.
- Standard Grip Mat
- Cricut EasyPress
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
- Throw Pillow Insert
- White cardstock
- Lint roller
Monogram Pillow Instructions
Start by choosing a monogram in Design Space. You can see the monogram we used in Design Space. Cricut Access members now have access to a Monogram Maker in Design Space. Resize the monogram so that it fits nicely on the pillow. Make sure it’s not bigger than your Cricut EasyPress. Ours was 10 x 10 but should have been a bit smaller, probably closer to 8×8.
Once you have the correct size, hit the “make it” button in Design Space. When you get to the mat cutting screen, make sure to mirror the image.
If using a Cricut Explore 2, turn the dial to “custom” and select Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet. Load the transfer paper onto a standard cutting mat with the color side face up. Press “GO” and cut it out.
When the machine is done cutting, remove it from the cutting mat, and weed the design. Infusible Ink is very easy to weed. You will need to bend the design to be able to weed it out easily.
Now the fun part! To put the monogram on the pillowcase follow the instructions in the Cricut Heat Guide. Choose Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet for the material and Pillow Case as the project.
The instructions call for butcher paper, cardstock, and a lint roller. The butcher paper comes with the Infusible Ink when you buy it. Don’t skip cleaning off the pillow case with the lint roller. Even a tiny piece of dirt will cause the ink not to adhere.
Preheat the Cricut EasyPress® 2 to 385°F. Place the Pillow Cover on a clean EasyPress mat. Insert white cardstock inside Pillow Cover to prevent bleed through. Use the lint roller and lint roll the Pillow Cover.
Cover the Pillow Case with a piece of clean butcher paper that is larger than the heat plate of the EasyPress. Press the EasyPress on the butcher paper to preheat Pillow Cover for 15 seconds. Remove the butcher paper from top of Pillow Cover.
Place the monogram face down onto the Pillow Cover, with the liner side of the Infusible Ink facing up. Cover with clean butcher paper larger than heat plate. Use the EasyPress and press with light pressure at 385°F for 60 seconds. Do not shift or move the stack at all while pressing or the ink will smudge.
Once the 60 seconds is done, slowly lift the press from the stack. Remove the butcher paper and the liner while it is still warm.
Notice that some of the ink did not transfer onto the pillowcase, just along the outer edges. That’s because the monogram design is just slightly larger than the EasyPress 2, which is 9 x 9. So make your design less than 9 x 9, or whatever size press you have, and you will be fine. Other than that, the transfer was super easy to do and worked beautifully.