With this easy Halloween craft you’ll be able to make yourself budget-friendly Halloween Pillow Covers with iron-on transfer sheets, vintage Halloween graphics and blank pillow covers. DIY Halloween decor is a great way to create a custom and stylish look for indoors or out.
Iron-on Transfer Halloween Pillow Covers
If you’ve been around Today’s Creative Life for a while, then you know how much I love to make seasonal DIY decor with iron-on transfer sheets. It’s a great way to create your own style at a fraction of the cost. I fell in love with these vintage graphics and wanted to use them somehow in my Halloween decorating, and decided that pillows were simple, quick, and would add just enough Halloween spookiness. You can download these vintage images and so much more when you visit The Printable Vault which is free to subscribers. You can subscribe here.
Supplies Needed for Making Iron-on Halloween Pillows
Halloween crafts you can use for your Halloween decorating are my favorite! Decorations for indoors don’t get any easier than designing pillow covers for any holiday. You’ll need the following items for this Halloween craft.
- Iron-on Transfer Paper – One package will give you enough for at least 10 projects. Make sure you get the type for light fabrics. They also have dark fabrics or for stretch fabrics.
- Iron – you’ll need just a regular iron. I used my Cricut EasyPress.
- Images & Graphics – You can use the graphics I have here, (they are located in The Printable Vault) or you can use any image you’d like. If you’re using an image with text, be sure to reverse the image before printing. Because each printer can be different, google how for your particular printer.
- Pillow Covers – I used blank white cotton pillow covers. You want to stay away from heavy textured fabric, or velour. I prefer linen, cotton, or a cotton linen blend.
- Scissors – you’ll need scissors to trim the image once you print it out.
- Inkjet Printer – Just a plain inkjet printer will do. Photo printers will be more vibrant. I have the ultimate crafting printer which I absolutely love!
- Iron-on Transfer Paper for light fabrics.
- Cotton blend cover - Cotton or a cotten linen blend is best. No heavy textures.
- Image Designs you want on your pillows - Find the Black Cat and Palm in The Printable Vault.
- Iron - I used my Cricut EasyPress.
- Gather your supplies.
- Follow the Iron-On Transfer Paper instructions and print the images you want to use. Usually, they are all shiny on one side and a flat mat on the other. You'll need to load your printer so you're printing on the flat mat side. The brand I use has a red line on the shiny side. If you want to use the vintage cat or palm images, you'll find them in The Printable Vault.
- Trim the images leaving about a 1/2 inch around the design.
- Prep your material (pillow cover) by ironing with no steam to remove wrinkles.
- I always place a piece of cardboard or cardstock inside my pillow just to make sure there is no sticking to the second layer.
- Place the design face down on the material.
- ATTENTION: if you are using an image with text, you'll have to reverse the image before printing. I forgot about this and had to re-print it. I have provided an already reversed ready-to-use Palm image and a regular one for other Halloween craft ideas.
- I use my iron on the cotton setting. NO STEAM. Follow the instructions on the paper package for timing.
- If you're using a Cricut EasyPress, I set the temp for 350° for about 25 seconds. (I know it shows 330°, this was after it had cooled while ironing)
- Let the fabric and design cool before peeling the paper away.
- Fill your Halloween pillow cover with a pillow insert (I like these) and enjoy!
- You can use these vintage images for other iron-on transfer projects. Cotton dish towels, table runners, t-Shirts, totes and more.
- Use these printable images for other Halloween crafts; Halloween garlands, cupcake or cake toppers. printable art and more.
- Cost was loosely calculated because some items I already had. The paper runs between $10-$15. The pillow covers are a pack of four and i paid $15.
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Ideas for Halloween Decorating
When you want to decorate for Halloween or any holiday, making your own Halloween pillow covers is easy and adds a unique style. It also saves you so much money… just one seasonal pillow, if you were to purchase at a home store could cost you between $20 and $80!
Halloween Craft Ideas
There’s a Halloween category located in the toolbar at the top of my website. You’ll find LOADS of easy but really cool Halloween craft ideas. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve made to decorate my own home for the Halloween season.
- Halloween Crows Nest Wreath – This simple Halloween craft makes great Halloween door decor.
- Faux Insect Taxidermy – This is probably one of my all-time favorites.
- Image Transfer Halloween Candles – This is pretty cool too and these images are also located in the Printable Vault.
- Slithering Snake Centerpiece – Easiest centerpiece you’ll ever create! Great for Halloween Parties!
- See More Halloween Here
Where to Find Halloween Graphics or Images
I love looking at Hungry JPeg for fun graphics. They even have many for commercial use (be sure to look at their commercial license) Or find the vintage black cat face and the palm reading hand map here.