This tutorial to create an infusible ink pillow with a free pumpkin themed SVG is the perfect way to spruce up your space. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an Infusible Ink™ transfer using any cutting machine.
You will also need a pillow case (read below for type), a heat press, and a standard grip mat. Let’s get started with this beginner Infusible Ink™ project idea.
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Easy Infusible Ink™ Pillow Project
Here are Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’m decorating for fall. It’s a wonderful transition period, isn’t it? The air is cooler, the bugs aren’t biting, and the apple cider is flowing (I love that smell).
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The free pumpkin patch SVG included below makes the perfect print for a pillow, canvas wall hanging, or dish towel. It takes such a short amount of time because we’re going to cut it out of a special material.
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Supplies You Will Need to Make This Project
If you’re new to sublimation or working with Infusible Ink™, don’t worry. If you have the base materials and the right tools, you can do this!
- Cricut machine (all machines in the Cricut family)
- Cricut Infusible Ink™ Transfer sheet
- Sublimation-ready pillow cover
- Standard Grip mat (green or blue will work)
- Heat Press (any Cricut EasyPress will work, clam shells, etc.) – see note below
- Heat Safe Tape
- Brayer Tool
- Lint Roller (do not skip this)
As far as weeding this design, I recommend a pick or pin pen and tweezers. They are helpful to remove the small inner pieces from inside the letters.
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How Large Can I Cut on a Single Infusible Ink™ Sheet?
For a single cut, the largest that this file can be cut and printed is 11.5 by 11.5 inches. Be sure to plan accordingly for whatever size pillow and case you have.
You can cut this out for larger projects like signs, just know that you’ll have to split the design. Measure twice (or four times in my case) and cut once.
Can I Use an Iron with Infusible Ink™?
I get this question a lot and, unfortunately, the answer is no. Unlike heat transfer vinyl, you cannot use a regular iron with Infusible Ink™. It will not work for this project for two reasons:
- Household irons do not get hot enough to transfer Infusible Ink™. Because it can be thought of as ‘easy sublimation,’ the same restrictions apply with a minimum temperature to transfer the special ink.
- When transferring sublimation or Infusible Ink™, the press and the item should be kept as still as possible. If shifting happens, ghosting can occur, which means the design can look fuzzy or have a duplicate.
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Tips for Creating This Infusible Ink Pillow Project
- I get asked a lot which machines cut Infusible Ink™ and the answer is all of them: Cricut Maker, Explore series, and even the little (buy mighty) Joy will work!
- The heat press you use should fit the design, not the blank. If you’re making a 12×12 pillow case with a 10 inch design, the press should be 10 inches at a minimum.
- To prevent ghosting, use heat resistant tape and do not move the press when the ink is transferring. When removing the press, lift straight up.
- If you are learning how to use Infusible Ink™, just like sublimation, does not work well with a household iron.
- Use the tweezers and the weeding tool for the smaller details after “cracking” the ink sheet. The right tools make it easier and will result in much less frustration.
- I use these pillow inserts and remember to buy ONE SIZE LARGER than the pillow case you’re pressing. It will make dense, full pillows.
- Be sure to download the free SVG design and follow the directions below.
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Free Pumpkin Patch SVG and Infusible Ink™ Tutorial
Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun design and Infusible Ink pillow project. Remember, measure twice, cut once, and use the comments section to ask any questions.
More Fun Fall Activities and Ideas
- Spring Sublimation Pillow – This easy project and premium bee design SVG will make easy work of decorating this year.
- DIY Pumpkin Napkin Rings – These would be perfect for decorating your fall table and they’re a really fun craft to make.
- Easy Fall Shelf Sitter Gnome Pattern – Everyone needs this as part of their fall decor; hop on the trend!
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