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Last updated on June 2nd, 2020
What is a heat press pillow?
Using a heat press pillow will help you to complete a better heat transfer – especially when you’re pressing over lumpy & bumpy garments. Heat press pillows can be bought in a range of shapes and sizes, or you can even make your own (which we’ll get into as well).
Find out everything you need to know about heat press pillows below!
They are used for creating a flat and even surface for applying heat transfers.
For example, if you are pressing a logo made from heat transfer vinyl onto the chest of a button down shirt, the buttons will create an uneven surface. When you bring the heat press down, the pressure will not be even because the buttons raise it up slightly. BUT, if you slip a heat press pillow under (or inside) the shirt, the button will be pressed down into the foam of the pillow, and you will be left with an even surface.
When should you use a heat press pillow?
Use a Teflon pillow if you are applying heat transfers on garments with:
Also, you can use a Telfon heat pillow when you are pressing vinyl onto both sides of a garment. This will stop the two transfers sticking together.
Heat Press Pillow Sizes
If you just buy one large heat press pillow, this will be good for most projects, big or small. For example, you can use a large Teflon pillow for pressing a small baby bodysuit. Just lay the small garment on top of the large pillow.
One occasion where you might need specific sizes, is if you are pressing vinyl on both sides of a garment. Ideally, you want to put the pillow inside the t-shirt (or whatever item of clothing). You won’t be able to get a big pillow into a small t-shirt!
I love the following heat press pillow tutorial from Ellebee Creates. She has a great example of when and why you might need to use a heat press pillow, and then shows how to use it while pressing a layered HTV design onto a baby bodysuit.