Iron On…and On…and On: How to Make a DIY Patterned Pillow with Iron On Vinyl

By Brittni • posted on 07/07/2021

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

I recently tried my hand at an iron on project and I have to tell you, I am soooo addicted to this technique. I may even be turning into a completely crazy iron on queen.

I’ve started adding designs to t-shirts, blankets, tea towels…pretty much anything I can get my hands on. It’s a problem really. But I can’t help it because its so SO easy.

The project that actually kicked off my new obsession was a diy kit I put together for Darby Smart that just launched a couple of days ago: iron on patterned pillows.

Want to give iron on transferring a go? Here’s how to make your own pillows in a pinch…

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl


All you need are the items that come in the Darby Smart DIY kit that I designed. Plus an iron, a pair of scissors, and a pillow insert.

You can choose either gold or black iron on vinyl as a part of the kit. And you’ll also receive 2 pillow covers.

Iron On Transfer Pillow DIY Kit

How To

1. Start by cutting out a freehand design or tracing something onto the back of the iron on vinyl, if you prefer. Just remember if you’re writing letters on the back of the vinyl, be sure to write them backwards, so when you cut it out and flip it over, it reads correctly.

2. Next, iron over the entire pillow case for about 30 seconds, then quickly arrange the pattern or cut out design onto pillow cover.

3. Then iron over top of the design, staying focused on one 6-8 inch area at a time. You’ll notice that it begins to stick almost immediately. Be sure to apply the iron to each area for at least 30 seconds to a minute, before moving onto the next section.

4. Once the entire pillow case has been ironed and the vinyl is attached, flip the pillow case over and iron the inside of the pillow case as well (where the design is).

5. Then, flip the cover back over and peel off the protective cover from the vinyl.

6. Add the pillow insert and enjoy.

DIY // Iron On Transfer Pillow Design

In addition to the linear pattern, I also created an easy heart pattern. You could also create a message pillow, if you wanted to go that route. So many possibilities.

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff 

You can check out my new Darby Smart DIY kit here, if youre interested.


This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

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This looks brill! You can definitely have a lot of fun with this project 🙂

I love crafty stuff and this looks really easy. Does the iron on vinyl come in lots of different colours?

Emma Jayne

Emma Jayne

Good question Laura. I only made the pillows a week or two ago. But they’ve held up great so far. 🙂 I tested out a couple of different methods with the iron (like different times to apply heat) and found that the vinyl holds the best when you don’t skimp on the ironing time. Hope that helps.


Very cute! The possibilities are endless! I have seen some iron ons peel a bit. Does the vinyl do this?
xoxo Laura


Thanks Jessica.


Can totally see why you’re addicted!! Love the bold patterns, definitely an eye catcher. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.


Aw, thank Ujjaini.


That is so simple, yet beautiful!


Thanks Sarah.


So cute! Love accent pillows but I never thought of it as a DIY opportunity.

x Sarah

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