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Would you believe that this adorable DIY Sloth Travel Pillow takes just 20 minutes to make using your Cricut Maker? It makes the cutest quick and easy handmade gift! Whip up a batch of them for a family who loves to travel.
I’m back with another Cricut Crafternoon project with a terrific group of talented blogger friends! This month our theme was Last Minute Gift Ideas Made With The Cricut. Read to the bottom of this post to see all the projects from my creative friends!
Thank you to our wonderful host, Jennifer from Celebrating Everyday Life, for organizing such a fun blog hop. You can find the last Cricut Crafternoon that I participated in where we made Christmas decorations here. Mine is the hot chocolate filled reindeer ornament in the bottom left hand corner!
I LOVE quick and easy crafts and if they can be given as a handmade gift it’s even better! I try my very best to make the majority of the projects on Hello Creative Family take less than an hour to make, preferably 30 minutes or less to make!
I also love to sew, but am easily confused by complicated patterns. I hate cutting out fabric by hand and that was the #1 reason I was so excited about the Cricut Maker! I couldn’t wait to cut out fabric using the rotary cutter! It’s such a huge time saver and I LOVE that I get consistent results every time.
You can read my post on why everyone who sews needs a Cricut Maker here.
Today’s crafternoon project is SUPER cute and it only takes 20 minutes to make! It’s for a Sloth Travel Pillow. My kiddos are OBSESSED with sloths and I have a 15 minute sloth sleep mask sewing tutorial and figured that it needed a cute little travel pillow to go with it!
If sloths aren’t your thing, whip up one of the travel pillows using my free cut file and instructions and iron any design or saying that you want onto the pillow! Once you know the basics the possibilities are endless!
Ready to get started? Read on for my 20 Minute Sloth Travel Pillow Made With The Cricut Tutorial!
20 Minute Sloth Travel Pillow Made With The Cricut
- My DIY Sloth Travel Pillow Cut File (Find it here) PATTERN IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THESE TO SELL PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR A COMMERCIAL USE LICENSE.
- Cricut Maker
- Iron on Vinyl (I used brown, black and tan iron on for this project. Find Iron-On from Cricut here and from Expressions Vinyl here.)
- 2- 12 X 16 inch pieces of fabric for your travel pillow, you can use either the same fabric for the front and back of the pillow or complimentary fabric selections. (I used fabric from the Cricut Riley Blake Yes Please Sampler Black which can be found here.
- Cricut 12X24 Fabric Grip Adhesive Cutting Mat
- Regular Grip Cutting Mat
- Cricut Rotary Blade
- Cricut EasyPress or iron
- Cricut Iron-On Protective Sheet
- Sewing Machine (this is the one I have)
- Thread in coordinating colors
- Scissors (These are my favorite Tide Blue Fiskars Sparkle Scissors)
- Wonder clips or Pins
- Batting for stuffing your travel pillow
- Sewing needle
Step 1: Save my sloth travel pillow svg file (find it here) to your computer and then upload it to Cricut Design Space. Size the cut file so that the pillow shape is 11.5 inches tall. Duplicate the pillow shape so that you will cut 2 of them. Click “Make It” and follow the instructions on the screen Cut the sloth face and claws out of heat transfer vinyl using a fine tip blade and a regular grip cutting mat. Cut the fabric using the rotary blade on a 12X24 inch fabric cutting mat.
Note: Heat transfer vinyl gets cut with the shiny color side facing down on the mat. If you are particular about what side of the travel pillow your claws and face go onto you may want to mirror your cutting mats using the mirror slider.
Step 2: Remove the fabric and iron-on from the cutting mats. Weed your vinyl removing the area around your design from the clear plastic sheet leaving just your design behind. Heat your EasyPress or iron using the heat settings for the type of iron on that you are using from the EasyPress temperature guide.
Apply your iron-on following the instructions for the type of iron-on you are using. Layer the sloth face applying the face first, followed by the eye patches and then the eyes, nose and mouth.
Step 3: Now it’s time to sew your sloth travel pillow. Lay the two pieces of your travel pillow so that all the edges are lined up and so that the printed part of the fabric is facing the center of your fabric sandwich. Pin in place.
Sew all the way around your travel pillow using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure you leave a section that is 2 to 4 inches not sewn so that you can flip your sleep pillow right side out and stuff it. When you have sewn all the way around your pillow leaving a 2 to 4 inch opening flip your travel pillow right side out.
Use your batting to stuff the pillow making sure to really pack it in and get it in all the curves. Once you are satisfied with how full your pillow is stuffed, use a needle and thread to sew up the section that is open.
Voila! You have an adorable sloth travel pillow! It makes a sweet little gift and it was made in just 20 minutes! My kids loved the sweet little sloth pillow so much that I immediately had to make a second one so that they both had a pillow! I wish I hadn’t shown it to them so it could have been a surprise Christmas gift!
Ready to see the amazing projects that my crafty Cricut Crafternoon friends made?
Personalized Snowman Mug from Happy Go Lucky
Upstyle a plain Felt Pouch with your Cricut from Celebrating Everyday Life
DIY Sloth Travel Pillow from Hello Creative Family
Custom Fabric Coasters from Kingston Crafts
Personalized Candy Jars from Everyday Party Mag
Have your own Snowball Fight from Me and My Inklings
Christmas Gift Card Holder from Artsy Fartsy Mama
I just love everyone’s creative ideas! Aren’t they all so fun?