A heat press pillow is the ultimate solution for better heat transfer on lumpy garments. They are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes in the market. They are expensive too. So, if you know how to make a heat press pillow, you can make them at your home.
For people who work on heat-press, it is a definite job to press pillows. It enables to add even pressure and distribute it. You can use them on different parts of your shirts, pants, bags, onesies, etc. So, you can enhance the fashion as well as comforts. So, know the process of making pressing pillows at home and create as much as you need.
How To Make A Heat Press Pillow
Heat pressing pillow making can become fun if you know the steps correctly. First, it is essential to prepare the pillows in the right size and shapes to use them correctly. Now, know the necessary items and collect them before starting your process.
- Sewing machine
- Matched thread
- Teflon sheets
- High-density foam
There are different types of Teflon sheets found in the market. Try to find the largest size that helps in making pillows of various sizes. Teflon comes in sheet or roll. Many people misunderstand Teflon sheets with Silpat. Do not make this mistake. Silpat does not work as the Teflon sheets. So you should not buy the mats too. In case of high-density foam, check if the foam is dense enough and the rating is correct.
Consider the Pillows Size
There are many sizes for pressing pillows. You also can consider different sizes depending on your demand. If you need the pressing pillows for onesies, small bags, or many small items, 6 by 6 is the right size. 6 by 8 is the perfect size for kids’ shirts and onesies. The 10 by 10 is the correct size range for the more oversized T-shirts, pillow covers, and tote bags. You also can use the 12 by 12 or 14 by 14 size for large items like all-purpose pillows. This large size is excellent for Cricut easy press or iron bed.
You also can make pressing pillows for different sizes and shapes. For example, the rectangular-shaped pillows are proper for the pant legs or shirt sleeves. You can create pillows on your desired customizing sizes and shapes. All that limited to the Teflon sheets’ sizes. So, you have to collect large Teflon sheets.
Step-1: Choose the Correct Size of the Pillow
Though there are pressing pillows in the market in a wide variety of sizes, you will like to make pillows in what size you need. But making it at home, you have to decide the size you want and then take the measurement in a record. You may have a large business of heat transfer, or you can be an advanced user. So, you will like to make pillows in a different range of sizes, from small to large. Some amateur users would like to have small-sized pillows to just their needs. Small-sized pillows can be used for both small and large projects. It can add extra flexibility. So, ensure on what purpose you want to make pillows and then select the size. But you must have a Teflon sheet twice the selected size of the pillow.
Step-2: Cut the Teflon Sheet
After selecting the right size for the pillow, you have to cut the Teflon sheet according to the size. Cut the Teflon sheet keeping the length as the measurement and the width double the extent. It can be 10 by 5 inches or 12 by 6 inches. After cutting it in proper measurement, see that the size of the sheet is rectangular. Now fold this piece lengthwise, and the longest edge will be halved and plait the fold. This technique of cutting and folding reduces the job of sewing one side. You only have to sew the remaining three sides.
When you sit to make several pillows, make the smallest pillow at first. It will help you to track the flow of work smoothly.
Step-3: Cut the High-Density Foam
Now, you have to cut the high-density foam matching the size of the Teflon sheet cover. You have to cut the foam at four sides in 1 ¼ inch smaller than the Teflon cover. For example, while making 10 by a 10-inch pillow, you have to cut an 8.75-inch square.
To make the accurate cur of the foam, at first, cut the foam in a larger size than the cover. Then place the foam on the Teflon cover and then trim it. Cut every side in such a way that the foam can fit nicely inside the Teflon cover. You do not have to cut it using a ruler or other measuring items. This technique will do fine.
Step-4: Sew Two Side
There are three open sies to sew. At first, you have to sew two open sides keeping the last side open. This open side is for inserting the foam.
Teflon is a slippery foam, and you have to sew with much care leaving a large seam allowance. The seam allowance should be at least 1-inch. Now, begin sewing at one side that is near the fold. Use a simple stitch straight, and any thread is okay in hand. After reaching the corner of that side’s line, only 1-inch left to sew leaves the needle inside. Now lift over the presser foot and turn it to 90 degrees. Now sew the next side of the cover.
If you feel difficult to sew keeping the needle inside, you can sew it as it was to the straight line and then flip the cover. But if you can sew keeping the needle inside, it would be better for the better durability and clean finish.
Step-5: Insert the High-density Foam and Finish Sewing
At the last part of the process, you have to insert the high-density foam inside the cover. If you feel that it is difficult to insert the foam or think that the foam is large, you can trim the foam again. Cut it slightly to fit nicely. After inserting it, sew the last ending side. If you see that the pillow is well enclosed with foam and the seams are straight and pleasing, then you have done it correctly.
After making an exact pressing pillow, it is ready to use at the place where you want it. You just have to insert the pillow under the fabric what layer you want to press. As it is placed under the material, a small-sized pillow is more preferable to adjust the need.
A heat press pillow is an excellent solution for uneven embroidered fabrics or other garments. You can easily adjust the unevenness by inserting a pressing pillow under the embroidered fabrics, zippers, thick seams, buttons, bags, etc. These pillows are also acceptable for use for transfer vinyl on both sides of the material. In addition, the pillow will not let the vinyl melt.
So, if you know how to make a heat press pillow, you can adjust many uneven things, and you could not use them. So, learn those steps and have the benefit of a heat press pillow.