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Creating a Customized Pillow Cover With the Cricut

I am so excited to share how I used my Cricut Explore Air to create a customized pillow cover for a special grandma this Mother’s Day!

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Being a fourth grade teacher in an elementary school is great. However; working in a place that feels like a second home is a blessing. I have spent the past twenty-two years in a warm, welcoming place. As a result, the people in this school are like a second family. So when one of our secretaries recently gifted me something and then welcomed a new grandchild, I thought that it might be fun to make something special for her. I love pillow covers and I thought it would be fun to make one for her, using my Cricut Explore Air 2 and EasyPress. It was a great gift to say thank you and celebrate this lovely grandmother!

If you have always wanted to make a customized pillow cover, you have come to the right place. I will show you how easy it is!


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  • In Cricut Design Space, choose your text to create your message. I used the font, Courier New, and made my design to look like a dictionary definition. Since we work in a school, I thought it would be fun! Don’t forget to attach your letters to maintain the correct spacing!


  • Create the heart, using the shape tab, also in Cricut Design Space.
  • Use heat transfer vinyl on your cutting mat. When cutting the letters for your message, be sure to click on mirror. This is so important so that your message does not come out backwards!
  • Place your heat transfer vinyl on your cutting mat, shiny side down. I like to roll my vinyl on the mat to be sure that it is smooth, without any wrinkles.


  • Cut your vinyl. 🙂
  • Once all of the cutting is done, you need to weed your vinyl. This means you need to use your weeding tool to remove the excess vinyl so that you just have the lettering left.
  • Place your pillow cover onto a heat mat and arrange your design. I do use the Cricut HeatPress Mat. I have used an ironing board in the past, but I prefer this mat. It provides such a smooth, dry finish to my projects! Be sure to measure to be sure that the lettering is straight and even.


  • Cover your design with parchment paper and then apply heat, using the Cricut EasyPress. It only takes about 10-15 second to adhere. Then, let your vinyl cool for about 30 seconds.


  • When your design is cool, carefully peel the plastic covering. It will leave the vinyl adhered to your pillow cover. If it is not adhered well, repeat the heating process.
  • Give your creation as a gift and watch the recipient smile!  Or, fill the pillow cover with an insert and enjoy!



It’s not hard to make a customized pillow cover with the Cricut! What kind of pillow cover would you like to make?

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  1. Lynne, What an adorable pillow cover and gift you created! I love your font choice and ‘Grandma’ definition too. 🙂 I’m not familiar with Cricut other than the name. Thanks for the tutorial and happy to be hopping with you again. ♥

  2. What a sweet idea! I know she must have loved it! Adorable!

  3. Lynne, what a wonderful gift. Handmade = from the heart. I love using my Cricut, but I don’t have the heat press. I’ll have to look into it. This is such a cute project. Thanks for the detailed instructions. I don’t think I knew you were a teacher.

  4. What a wonderful, thoughtful gift Lynne! I just love how you customized it and I know your work friend will love it too! I didn’t realize that the Cricut could be used in this way; thanks for sharing this!

  5. I love this. What a great gift for Mother’s day (or Grandmother day). Thanks for the tutorial. It’s very thorough, enough that even I could make it. The possibilities are endless for gifts.

  6. How cute is this?! What a great gift idea just in time for Mother’s Day! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  7. Lynn, your pillow says it all, and will make a welcome gift to the new grandma!

  8. What a fun project and I love how it can be customized for so many different things. Thank you so much for sharing and it turned out so cute.

  9. I’ve pinned it! I have a Cricut, but I haven’t made any pillows— great inspiration, and I love pillows too, so you’ve given me some ideas. Thank you!

  10. Lynne, This is so sweet, and would make such a sweet gift for any grandmother (me included)! I appreciate all of the detailed Cricut instructions, because I have one, but not have used it all that much and am just learning to use it. Any projects like this that I can follow along are great for me as a learning tool! Keep sharing great projects like this!!

  11. Lynne, what a wonderful gift for your friend! I’m just learning to use my Cricut, and this looks like a great beginner project. I’m going to make one for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. Thanks for the inspiration! It’s always fun to craft with you, my friend!

  12. Your pillow is so cute! I know your co-worker must have been thrilled to receive it! Such a thoughtful gift! I’ll be pinning this for future reference! Have a great week, Donna

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