Personalized Grandparent Pillows With A Cricut Maker

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Customize a cute pillow with their grandparent name to make the perfect personalized gift for grandparents! It’s easy to make with a Cricut Maker and some iron on!


I love giving (and receiving!) handmade gifts; even if it’s just a quick drawing my toddler scribbled on the back of a receipt with a single crayon, I still love it! Luckily, having my Cricut Maker makes it super simple to make awesome handmade and personalized gifts. Today’s tutorial shows you how to make personalized grandparent pillows customized with their grandparent name and grandkids’ names. It’s the perfect handmade grandparent gift for the holidays!

My favorite people call me nonna pillow made with cricut maker

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You can always use your Cricut machine to make paper cards and gift tags for the holidays, but the Cricut Maker can cut over 300 hundred materials besides paper, from the most delicate tissue paper and fabric to the tough stuff like mat board, leather, and basswood. It’s perfect for any kind of handmade gift giving!

You can even have your Maker draw and write stuff for you with the Cricut pens, so you can personalize cards and envelopes to go along with your gifts. The Maker is such a versatile crafting machine, you’re only limited by your imagination!

There is a printable version of this project at the bottom of this post. And please leave a review by clicking the stars below the thumbnail image!

How To Make Personalized Grandparent Pillows

My kids are the first grandkids on my side of the family, but my parents are honorary grandparents to some other amazing kids as well, so I thought a personalized grandparent gift with ALL the grandkids’ names on it would be perfect for them. My girls call my parents Nonna and Poppa, but you could easily switch the text to any grandparent name. And there’s plenty of room in the bottom section of the design to add as many grandkid names as you want; just add another row or two if you need to!

  • Time spent doing stuff: 15 minutes
  • Time spent waiting around: 5 minutes
  • Total project time: 20 minutes

Materials

Tools & Equipment

Instructions

Start by opening the personalized pillow design I created in Cricut Design Space. Click the Customize button to open the design within the Design Space editor.

My favorite people call me nonna or poppa cricut maker project

To customize the grandparent name or grandkids’ names, just double click on the text to bring up the text editor box.

Using iron-on with a Cricut is pretty easy, but if you want a refresher you can check out my simple step by step guide to cutting out heat transfer vinyl with a Cricut to get the details.

You can also resize or rearrange the design as needed to fit your specific project. Once you’re ready to cut, click the green “Make It” button at the top right to send the design to your Maker.

Preparing to cut out my favorite people call me poppa pillow

Mirror your design before sending it to the machine by clicking the “Mirror” toggle on each mat on the Prepare screen.

Set material to holographic foil for personalized grandparents pillow with cricut maker

For the large grandparent names I used holographic mosaic iron on. Make sure you set your material to “Holographic Sparkle Iron-On Mosaic” and load the fine-point blade into the machine. Load the vinyl face down onto the cutting mat (you should be able to feel the texture of the dots on the “back” of the sheet that is facing up), then load it into the machine by pressing the Load/Unload button.

Load holographic iron on for personalized grandparent gift made with cricut maker

Start the cut by pressing the flashing Go button. When the cut finishes, press the Load/Unload button again to unload the mat.

Continue loading the rest of the mats until all pieces of the design are cut out. Just remember when you are ready to cut all of the other text to set the material to “Everyday Iron-On” instead of holographic.

Set material and set mirror toggle when using iron on with cricut maker

While the machine is cutting out the pieces, you can pre-heat your EasyPress according to the settings in the Cricut Heat Guide. The heat guide will give you exact instructions depending on which kind of iron-on you are using and what material your pillow cover is made of, but for me I set the EasyPress to 330 degrees F.

Once all the pieces are cut out, carefully weed away the background vinyl using the weeder tool.

Weed iron on for personalized grandparent gift made with cricut maker

Pre-heat the pillow cover for 5 seconds, then position your text on your pillow cover. Press for thirty seconds, then turn the cover inside out and press again for thirty seconds.

Use easypress to make personalized grandparent gift made with cricut maker

Peel away the clear plastic liner from the vinyl, and your pillow cover is done!

Personalized grandparent gift made with cricut maker

Stuff the pillow insert into the cover, and you have an awesome personalized grandparent gift that any Nonna, Poppa, Grandma, Grandpa, MeeMaw, PopPop, Nana, Papa, or any other grandparent will love!

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Below is a printable version of this project; click the large “Print” button to print out the instructions. (It will just print the text in the instructions, no photos, to save you paper and printer ink!)

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How To Make Personalized Grandparent Pillows

Customize a cute pillow with their special "grandparent name" to make the perfect personalized gift for grandparents! It's easy to make with a Cricut Maker and some iron on.
Active Time15 mins
Cricut Cut Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Author: Jessi Wohlwend

Materials

Instructions

  • Click the Customize button to open the design within the Design Space editor.
    My favorite people call me nonna or poppa cricut maker project
  • Double click on any of the text you wish to customize to bring up the text editor box.
  • When you’re ready, click the green “Make It” button at the top right to send the design to your Maker.
  • Mirror your design before sending it to the machine by clicking the “Mirror” toggle on each mat on the Prepare screen.
    Preparing to cut out my favorite people call me poppa pillow
  • Set your material to “Holographic Sparkle Iron-On Mosaic” and load the fine-point blade into the machine.
    Set material to holographic foil for personalized grandparents pillow with cricut maker
  • Load the vinyl face down onto the cutting mat, then load it into the machine by pressing the Load/Unload button.
    Load holographic iron on for personalized grandparent gift made with cricut maker
  • Start the cut by pressing the flashing Go button.
  • Press the Load/Unload button again to unload the mat when the cut is finished.
  • Repeat until all pieces of the design are cut out. Just remember when you are ready to cut all of the other text to set the material to “Everyday Iron-On” instead of holographic.
    Set material and set mirror toggle when using iron on with cricut maker
  • Pre-heat your EasyPress according to the settings in the Cricut Heat Guide. The heat guide will give you exact instructions depending on which kind of iron-on you are using and what material your pillow cover is made of.
  • Carefully weed away the background vinyl from all pieces using the weeder tool.
    Weed iron on for personalized grandparent gift made with cricut maker
  • Pre-heat the pillow cover for 5 seconds, then position your text on your pillow cover.
  • Press for thirty seconds, then turn the cover inside out and press again for thirty seconds.
    Use easypress to make personalized grandparent gift made with cricut maker
  • Peel away the clear plastic liner from the vinyl.
    Personalized grandparent gift made with cricut maker
  • Put your pillow insert into the pillow cover, and you’re done!

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Disclosure: I received compensation from Cricut in exchange for my participation in this campaign, and my honest discussion of their products. But the Cricut Maker and, really, all Cricut products are seriously amazing and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in!

Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. ananda says

    11 months ago

    omg LOVE this pillow! i also made a cricut pillow this Christmas, and i am just in love with the style and colors of your pillow!! 🙂

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