Halloween is such a fun holiday to decorate with pillows like this October Thirty-First Spiderweb Pillow. Pillows are one of my favorite things to decorate with due to the versatility. When one holiday ends, you can swap out the pillow cases for the next holiday or time of year. Pillow cases are also much easier to store!
This October Thirty-First Spiderweb Pillow was a fun design to make. I used a spiderweb design from my collection of Halloween designs I purchase online and one of the many Halloween fonts I have for the lettering. I love designing projects and typically use a mixture of pre-made designs combined with my own. This is an easy project to make with no layering of Iron-On Vinyl. Weeding the spiderweb is a little time-consuming but worth it in the end!
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October Thirty-First Spiderweb Pillow
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Pillow cases are a fun and easy project to make with the Cricut machines. Depending on how intricate a design you use, they can be done fairly quickly and with minimal effort. If you're new to Iron-On Vinyl, this is a great first iron-on project because it's fairly simple without too much layering. To cut the shapes and letters I used my wonderful Cricut Maker. This thing is a crafting game changer and I can't say enough good things about it. If you're not familiar with the Cricut, read my blog post about The Amazing Cricket Maker to learn more.
Don't worry, if you don't have a Cricut machine you can use scissors or a craft cutting blade like an X-Acto Knife. I created both an SVG file and a PDF file for the design – SVG for Cricut and PDF for non-Cricut. You can get both templates for free in my Resource Library or by clicking below:
Materials Needed to Make the October Thirty-First Spiderweb Pillow
MAKING THE OCTOBER THIRTY-FIRST SPIDERWEB PILLOW
Making the October Thirty-First Spiderweb Pillow is not complicated. It involves cutting out the spiderweb and lettering, ironing them on layer by layer, and carefully peeling off the backing so that everything adheres to the pillow case.
If you are using a Cricut to cut your design, continue on to Step 1. If you are cutting the design using scissors or an X-acto knife, skip to Step 2.
Step 1: Upload the SVG to Cricut Design Space
Download the SVG file from either the Resource Library or through the links within this post and upload it into Cricut Design Space. The file will look like this:
While the lettering is gray, I used white and glitter vinyl for the actual pillow. When I was designing this in Adobe Illustrator, I used a black background to get an idea of what the actual pillow would look.
STEP 2: Cut the Shapes and Lettering
Next, choose your desired colors of iron-on vinyl you want to use for the designs and lettering and cut per the Cricut machine prompts or with scissors.
NOTE: When cutting Iron-on vinyl, remember to turn on Mirroring when cutting the designs. If you don't turn on Mirroring, the designs and lettering will be backwards when you transfer them to the pillow. To learn more about using mirroring with Cricut Design Space, check out this blog post.
PLEASE NOTE: If you don't have a Cricut machine and want to cut the pieces out by hand, you can use the PDF file (also available in the Resource Library) as a guide.
STEP 3: Weed the Design Pieces and Lettering
I cut all of the various layers first, then weed each layer one at a time. Iron-on vinyl is fairly easy to weed with the use of a Weeding tool and/or tweezers. I use this Weeder and the tweezers in this set (which also includes a Weeder) in all my Cricut crafts. They are a lifesaver, especially with the spiderweb as it has a LOT of little cuts.
Finally all the weeding is complete and the pieces are ready to be ironed on to the blank pillow case.
STEP 4: Ironing on the Designs and Lettering
Preheat your EasyPress to the correct temperature and time based on the type of vinyl being used (see screenshots below).
You can find that information on the Cricut Heat Guide page here by plugging in the requested information.
After I enter in my desired materials for this project and click “Apply”, this is what I see:
Start with your clean blank pillow case laid out flat on top of the EasyPress mat (seen below) or a towel.
Next, determine where you want to put the design and lettering. I like to lay all the layers out to make sure they all fit before applying the designs.
Next, pre-heat the pillow case based on the instructions on the Cricut Heat Guide page (it's usually about 5 seconds). Once pre-heated, apply the first piece and iron on for 30 seconds. Allow the ironed on piece of vinyl to cool for a bit.
Once it has cooled, slowly peel away the vinyl backing making sure the vinyl is adhering to the material. If not, press the backing back down and re-iron for a few seconds. Peel away the backing slowly and carefully until the backing is completely removed.
Next, apply the lettering and iron each set for 30 seconds each.
Note: When ironing on the lettering, cover the spiderweb with a piece of parchment paper. This protects the vinyl already applied while allowing you to continue ironing on the rest of the design and lettering.
That's it! Your October Thirty-First Spiderweb Pillow is finished!
Where do I Get the SVG and PDF Files?
You can download the SVG and PDF files for this specific project by clicking below:
All of my free guides, how-tos, and more can also be found in my Resource Library. You can gain access to that library by clicking below: