How To DIY Heat Pressing Pillows

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Today I want to show y’all how to DIY Heat Pressing Pillows.  It is a fraction of the price to make the pressing pillows yourself and is also a fun DIY project.

But First,

You might be wondering why would I ever need to use a pressing pillow?… And here are 3 quick reasons why:

1.  They distribute the heat from the heat press evenly throughout the vinyl as well as the item being pressed.

2.  They raise the pressing area making things like onesies and bags a million times easier to press. The snaps and seams sink into the pillow so the press can actually reach the vinyl.

3.  They seal the HTV (heat transfer vinyl). Without a pillow, the HTV doesn’t get an even seal on the item which increases the probability of peeling. When applied correctly, vinyl should last the life of the shirt!!

Cameo 3 Bundles by Expressions Vinyl

And there you have it!! 3 easy straight forward reasons as to why you need to start using pressing pillows. Onesies, bags, sleeves, you name it, they all need a pillow!!

Follow along with this step by step video to make your own set:


Don’t want to make your own?  This set (along with my fav heat press)  does the job wonderfully!!

Happy Pressing!


This post contains affiliate links to products that I use and love.


  1. Gwen on January 17, 2020 at 10:54 am

    I was going to watch the video on how to make heat press pillows but the server could find the ip address so it could play…I was really looking forward to your video

    • MyDesigns on January 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      Oh No! Sorry! I will look into it. Thanks!

      • Bobvious on March 4, 2020 at 9:44 am

        No need to look into it, they said the server *could* find the IP! And that’s great ?

  2. Melissa on June 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    What heat press do you recommend? The link doesn’t work above.


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