I do not enjoy spending a lot of money on accent pillows. (Why are they so expensive?) But I do love how simply switching accent pillows out can change the look of an entire room! I tend to gravitate towards classic pieces for furniture and large decor items, but pillows can be a quick and easy way to add a punch of “trendy” to your home. I was overly excited to see the new line of Darice DIY Iron-On Transfer designs. The line included some ready to embellish, pre-made pillow covers. This was a game changer for me. (I do not like to sew.) There couldn’t be an easier way to add decor to your home! Simply choose your design, the color of your pillow, and ten minutes later you have a darling accent to add to your room. The line is so much more than pillows though, and I will show you a few other iron on ideas later in the post.
- Darice Iron On Transfers
- Throw Pillow Covers
- Pillow Inserts 16 x 16 inch
- 4 x 4 Inch Photo Frames
Begin by choosing the iron-on design you like, and the color of pillow. All you will need by the way of tools, is a standard iron.
In the interest of full disclosure- remember I mentioned that I do not like to sew? Well, I was pleasantly surprised that I even found my iron. I sent my ironing board to Goodwill years ago. For this project, I simply used a clean towel on top of a table as my ironing surface. Clearly anyone can do this project. Even the more remedial domestic crafter- like me.
Open the package for the iron-on transfer. There are clear and concise instructions for the project, that make my whole tutorial seem like over-kill.
Make sure to put your pillow zipper side down. I like to have my accent pillows with the zippers hidden. Iron the pillow to smooth out any lines from being folded up into the package.
Begin peeling up the backing.
If the image peels up slightly with the backing, put it back down, and iron again. Let it cool. And peel it up. Mine only peeled up in one spot on an outer edge section. I hit the middle of the image pretty well, and neglected the edges.
Continue to peel up the backing until the transfer is completely released.
The finished size of the pillows are 16×16″. I found pillow inserts in the sewing and craft department at my local box store for under five dollars. Unzip the pillow, and stuff it with a 16″ insert.
I started with a smaller iron-on transfer image, and some really inexpensive basic clothing items.
I took a leftover pillow sham, and created custom accents for his bedroom.
I positioned the images on the pillow sham running the stripes along the images.
A fun, (perfectly matched!) textural custom look for under ten bucks!
Three fun and easy iron on ideas! Not bad for a Saturday afternoon.
With so many designs in this line- my brain is working overtime. I can see canvas tote bags, aprons, tee-shirt pockets, and more accent pillows. Now that I know “I can do this!” even without an ironing board.
I hope you are inspired to give these iron on ideas a try too! Check out this additional idea for trendy phrase DIY iron ons for clothing and tote bags.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).