Handprint Holiday Pillow

Iron-on Vinyl – – – without a craft cutting machine – – yes!  I am in love with this Handprint Holiday Pillow.

I used the Silhouette Heat Transfer Vinyl for the hands and wording (okay, so I used my machine on the wording – but you could just hand-cut it if you wanted). 

For the hands: I just had my kids put their hands on the dull side of the vinyl (a pen won’t write on that clear layer) and cut out along the line with scissors.  Then ironed it on – be sure it iron it long enough, at least a minute.  A minute is really long when you’re just waiting, but don’t jip it (I did and it didn’t stick so I had to redo one).  I did all the iron-on stuff before I pieced the pillow together.  Love the hand prints!

Upclose hand view:

If you are a real quilter, please don’t laugh at my “piecing” attempt.  I didn’t know how to do the corners so I just made something up.
I wanted to do a ruffle around the edge, but it was a really long strip to gather and then the thread broke – so plan B – I made these pleat things – I don’t even know if they have a name.  While sewing on the trim, I just folded up a little and tucked it under as I went, as shown – if you’re crazy you could measure each one or if you’re crazier you could measure and pin it all before you start.  I just guessed on mine – and they’re uneven, I’m sure – and I’m okay with that.  For the corner I folder a little triangle thing as shown:

After sewing on the trim, making sure it’s facing the inside of your pillow, sew the back on – you can see how the trim in on the inside.  That way when you turn it right-side-out, the trim shows.

And that’s it!  I think this will be great fun to get out each year and see how much the kids have grown.  Maybe I should make a pillow each year and in 10 years I’ll have a couch-worth of holiday pillows – but then I’d have to store all of those…..  Anyways, go make yourself one.  If you don’t have vinyl heat transfer,  you can buy some, or you can cut the hands out of fabric and applique them on the pillow.

Go make one – you can do this!!

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  1. says

    This is really cute. One idea, if you did want to make these (or variations) from year to year, is to make it a removable slipcover, then you just have to store the covers and not all the cusions- saves a ton of room!

  2. says

    what a great family momento!!
    I love your idea! It just feels really good. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  3. says

    Love your pillow! Been trying to think of something special to make for my Mom for Christmas, this may be just the thing. I’m thinking a hand print from all the grandkids would be kinda nice.

  4. says

    Love it… will make it with my grandkids for Mom and Dad and Nonna.. Will make a cute Christmas gift for them to make. Thinking also of having them sign the handprints, perhaps with fabric marker, or marker than I can embroider straight stitch. Thanks

  5. Anonymous says

    I’m knew to this, could a girl get some help.? What is the vinyl stuff called exactly and where do u find it at say a hobby lobby?

    Also what is applique, how do u do it, and where can u find it?

    thanks ladies!

  6. says

    I love this idea. My folks live on the east cost and we are in the midwest so what a great way for them to see hoe the kids have grown. Like the idea of hand but might do hands one side and feet on the other.

  7. says

    I like the way you make it up as you go along. I do that too. I mean really, who takes the time to measure and pin? Maybe when my kids are grown.
    BTW, I am doing a challenge (for myself,) 10 projects in 10 days, and was scouring the internet for ideas. I really appreciate your blog, because I have found at least half of my projects right here. I am blogging your posts on my blog in order to complete this challenge. Thank you for your inspiration and tutorials.


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