Got a math nerd in your life? I have a few, one of which I’m married to. I love finding gifts with mathy puns and humor for these guys (You’ve seen my pi(e) plate, right?). This Christmas I’m making pillows with an equation, which after several iterations of working toward a solution, arrives at the answer “Merry Christmas”…in mathematical notation, of course.
The math on this one is a little over my slightly-math-nerdy brain, but it’s perfect for two of my peeps (shhh, don’t tell my husband). If you’d like to make a pillow for yourself or a math nerd near you, I’ve got the free .svg and Silhouette cut files to download below.
This is an easy, straightforward heat transfer vinyl project. Simply cut, weed, apply, and you’re done.
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What you need…
- Cushion cover – I used the Ikea Vigdis cover with Fjädrar insert.
- Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) – I used Siser Easyweed White with Siser Old Gold Glitter on one, and Siser Gold Glitter on the other
- 12″x24″ Silhouette mat (depending on design size)
- Weeding tool
- Teflon sheet or parchment paper
- Iron (& ironing board) or heat press
- Silhouette cutting machine – or other brand if you use the SVG file
- Free cut file ↓ ↓ ↓
If you’re new to heat transfer vinyl or need a refresher, be sure to check out How I Work with HTV for the scoop on everything HTV. Here’s the fastforward version for this project.
HTV… Siser gold or old gold? The gold is quite a bit yellower and brassier than the old gold, which has a more neutral muted gold color.
It comes down to personal preference. They’re both pretty, but if pressed to choose, I’d have to say my fave is old gold.
Resize the design to fit your cushion cover. On my 20″x20″ cushion cover, “Merry Christmas” is just under 13″ long. (To resize in Silhouette Studio, select the design, then grab a corner square with your cursor and drag it in and out.)
Mirror the design so it’ll be the right way around once applied. (To mirror, select the design, right-click, then choose ‘Flip Horizontally’ from the list.)
Cut and weed the design (remove the non-design parts).
Pre-press the cushion cover for a few seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture.
Position the design where you want it on the cushion cover. Mine was about 5½” from the bottom. Next time I’d move it up a bit…about another inch. All of the lettering should be the right way around.
Cover with parchment paper or Teflon sheet (today I used a Teflon sheet), and press the design with firm pressure. I applied the design parts one at a time, starting with the white equations. Make sure all design areas receive the full pressing time.
Carefully peel off the carrier sheet.
Cover with parchment paper or Teflon sheet and give the whole design another quick going over with the iron (or few seconds press in the heat press). You’ll know the HTV is applied properly when it takes on the shape of the fabric fibers underneath (not visible with the glitter, but definitely visible with the regular HTV)
Stuff with a pillow, and yo, you’re done.
Mathy Christmas to you and yours!
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