Our "Don't forget your PJ'S" printable makes it easy to share the meaningful reminder to PRAY, write in your JOURNAL, and read your SCRIPTURES. Perfect for Girls Camp, Youth Conference, or lesson handout. Some ideas for using this artwork:
- simple printed handout or bookmark
- framed gift
- vinyl cut-out for a personalized journal or plaque
- heat transfer vinyl cut-out for a pillowcase, t-shirt, scripture tote, etc.
Included in the file are 3 different design options:
Simple "Don't forget your PJ'S" - Coordinates with any theme you have already chosen
Succulent "Don't forget your PJ'S" - Looks great with our Peace in Christ set
Floral "Don't forget your PJ'S" - Matches our Heart and Soul fabric collection
Ever since we published our "Peace in Christ" Young Women kit, the most common question we get is "How do you make the pillowcase?"! Here is a quick tutorial on how it's done. When I tried HTV (heat transfer vinyl) for the first time I googled "How to use Heat Transfer Vinyl" and a bevy of very helpful tutorials and videos were at my fingertips (thank you Mr. Internet). I am keeping my instructions simple, if you need more detailed instructions to feel comfortable using this product for the first time, please ask Mr. Internet (wink).
HEAT TRANSFER VINYL PILLOWCASE
1 sheet Heat Transfer Vinyl
1 sheet of Teflon (optional)
Hard surface for ironing, such as plywood or cutting board
Download your preferred version of "Don't forget your PJ'S" onto your cutting machine. We already reversed the image for you, but if you are using a different file, be sure to reverse the image on the screen. If using a Silhouette, you select "Object" then "Mirror" then "Flip Horizontally".
Prepare the HTV for cutting. Place shiny side down onto cutting mat, the BACKSIDE of the HTV should be on top. Be sure you have good contact to the mat (if you have a well used mat like mine, use a light coat of spray adhesive).
There are many brands of Heat Transfer Vinyl. Silhouette has it's own version, so does Cricut. I am using Siser Easyweed because I have an awesome local store that carries every color and type of HTV under the rainbow. There are also limitless suppliers online if you do not have a great local source.
Enter your cut settings on your cutting machine. For my Silhouette, I set it as follows:
Blade Depth: 3 Speed: 6 Thickness (or force): 7
IMPORTANT: Cut settings can be affected by many factors such as how sharp your blade is. It took me several tries to get the right setting for my machine...the default settings did not work for me. I BEG you to do several test cuts of something small. It is a real bummer to get to the end and realize that it did not cut all the way through the vinyl. My settings may not work on your machine, so take some time to get this part right...you will thank me later.
Weeding your image is easier that it looks. Start at a corner and slowly peel the vinyl back from the sticky clear backing. Be sure to not let the excess touch the sticky backing again....it might lift your design. I found it helpful to have a second set of hands helping on a large piece. If you cut completely through the vinyl layer, your design should not lift off the sticky backing, however, if even a small section did not cut, it will lift, and you will need to use a very fine set of scissors or Exacto knife to cut those sections free. Be sure to weed out the middle of letters like A or R, or other design elements. I used a safety pin, but they actually sell a tool called a "weeder" for this purpose.
To iron HTV onto project, first set your iron to its highest setting and turn off the steam. My local store told me that an ironing board has too much give in it, and suggested using a very firm surface, like a piece of plywood (PLEASE do not use your kitchen counter top...you never know if heat will crack, melt, or scorch the surface).
NOTE: If you are doing multiple items, I would highly recommend renting a heating press. The local store where I purchased my HTV rents out time on their machines for a reasonable fee...totally worth it!
Place HTV onto project, sticky side down. You should be seeing the image NOT in reverse, with the clear backing on top. Place your teflon sheet on top of HTV (if you did not purchase a teflon sheet, use a tea towel or other thin material). FIRMLY press your iron onto HTV design, do not move iron around...keep it firmly in place for about 15-40 seconds. Pick up iron and continue pressing until all areas of the design have been covered. Let cool for about 45 seconds before slowly peeling off the clear backing.
Here are a few other project ideas using heat transfer vinyl, enjoy!