Throw pillows are arguably the most important accessory within the home. Not only do they provide a splash of colour aesthetically and add personality, but they also serve a functional purpose.

Embroider Buddy®offers a line of snuggle-worthy Embroider Buddy® pillows that help complete the décor of any room. Designer colours, elegant material and hidden Velcro©are what makes this stunning throw cushion easy to customize.

Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is a great way to dress up your pillows for some perfectly personalized accents within your home.

HTV 101

Heat transfer vinyl or HTV is trending everywhere! HTV’s smooth finish and ability to create delicate details is an asset for custom designs. Not to mention this type of vinyl is quite the time saver

Never worked with it? You’ve come to the right place.

There are several types of HTV, and each works best with specific fabrics, temperatures and pressures.

  • Standard matte heat transfer vinyl is great for beginners and is most often paired with polyester, cotton or both. Heat your press between 315-350 degree with medium pressure for 12-15 seconds.
  • Stretchable heat transfer vinyl is the textbook pick for projects that need to have a little give, like uncoated workout fabrics that are a polyester blend. Stretchable HTV should be heated at 305 degrees and applied with a medium pressure.
  • Glossy or Glitter HTV is eye-catching when added to any customized throw pillow and works best with both cotton and polyester blends. Heat your press between 315-350 degrees with a medium pressure for 12-15 seconds.
  • Flock is a suede-like heat transfer vinyl that looks great not only because of the texture but because of its lifted appearance. Flock best presses to cotton and polyester blends. How to Heat Press recommends to pre-press the flocked HTV first to remove any moisture and wrinkles. Then, at a medium pressure with a heat of 320 degrees, press for 15-20 seconds.

Embroider Buddy® pillows are made of a cotton and polyester blend making all heat transfer vinyl a great pairing with your custom throw!

Use Multiple Techniques

Still looking for a little extra flair to your throw? Don’t stop at a single HTV addition! Make your Embroider Buddy® pillow even more awe-worthy by using a combination of vinyl and embroidery. The easy to remove stuffing pillow makes adding even the finest details easy.

Combining both mediums makes for a unique piece and adds great texture.

Colour Pairing Inspiration

Pink & Gold. Pink and gold go hand-in-hand when it comes to colour coordination. The warmth of each colour unites femininity with bold confidence. With pink’s soft femininity and gold’s bold confidence, you’ll deliver the perfect accent pillow for any princess room or office of an inspired female professional.

Blue & Silver. No matter the blue, light or dark, pairing it with silver is always an excellent choice. The combination is functional for both feminine and masculine décor and pairs well with other cool tone colours like green, purple and magenta.

Red & Turquoise. You can’t argue the colour wheel. Red and turquoise combinations compliment many aesthetics and style stories. These colours are commonly paired in Asian-inspired design as well as beachy bohemian styles. You can expect these vibrant pops of colour to inspire both sophistication and cheer.

Best Practices and Troubleshooting

Is your extra sticky carrier making weeding extra difficult? Try briefly heating up the area you plan to weed with your press or iron first to make the HTV a little softer lessening the resistance.

If you’re using an iron to apply HTV, making sure that you have removed all the water as moisture will prevent proper transfer. You will also need a release sheet (like Teflon) to make sure the vinyl transfers properly once the heat is applied. If you’re in a real pinch and you can’t find anything to assist with the release, grab some parchment paper and it should do the trick!

Do you plan to make your own HTV designs? Don’t forget to make the image mirrored on your screen before cutting it. Otherwise, you’ll be disappointed when seeing your design was pressed on backwards.

What designs are on your favourite decorative pillows? Do they have your favourite sayings or patterns? Let us know in the comments below!