DIY Customized Sequins Pillow

This is a tutorial on how to add your own designs to a blank sequins pillow.

I was talking to a grad school friend the other day. I have no idea how we got on this topic but we started talking about what’s in with kids these days. Apparently, unicorns are still hot but mermaids and llamacorns are on the horizon.

Stay tuned for the latest…

Or not. I was lost when the whole VSCO girl thing was hot so I have no intentions of keeping this one up.

In any case, we were talking about this special sequins pillow my friend’s niece got for Christmas and how excited she was about it. I decided I could make my own for my daughter.

Most sequins is made from some sort of plastic with a thin foil coating. It surprisingly can withstand some heat. But because it is a non-porous material, I had to use sublimation material to create the print.

Most people don’t have their own sublimation printer including me. I went with the next best thing which are these pre-printed Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets.

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Materials for DIY Sequence Pillow

Sequins Pillow blank – I would suggest one with a lighter color for one side of it so the ink shows up. There is a huge selection on Amazon which is where I got mine.

Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets – There is a wide selection available on their site.

Iron or Heat Press – I used my Easy Press because the transfer sheets require 400 deg F which I wasn’t sure if my iron was capable of.

Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.

Templates – These mermaid set of SVG and printable designs is free and available in my resource library.

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    How to make your own customized sequins pillow

    First, cut out your design from the template. I made a practice run with cardstock since these sheets are not cheap and only 2 comes in a pack.

    If you don’t have a cutting machines, just print out the design and then trace and cut on the transfer sheet.

    Remember of mirror your design, especially if you are adding text.

    I used a standard grip mat to cut this transfer sheet. It was a little bit thicker and curled so I through the light grip might not be enough.

    Then cut around the design and weed the background off.

    Place the cutout design with the color side down on the sequence.

    Make sure your sequins are smoothed out on the right color side underneath the transfer sheet.

    I then pressed at 400 deg F for 30-second increments. It needed about 2 rounds with some pressure.

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    3 thoughts on “DIY Customized Sequins Pillow”

    1. Robin

      What a fun idea! I would have never thought you could iron on sequins!

      (Sequins, not sequence…)

    2. Linda

      You really should correct the spelling in this post. It more than a bit distracting to see “Sequence” when it should be sequins.
      Sequence = a particular order in which related events, movements, or things follow each other.
      Sequin = a small, shiny disk sewn as one of many onto clothing for decoration.

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