I got this adorable SVG file earlier this fall, and this cozy little grey blanket from Ikea. It's called Polarvide and they were $6 CAD.
I've been wanting to do a series on cute and easy Christmas gifts you can make with Ikea merch for a while, so why not start with a cozy blanket on a blustery day.
It's December 1st and we are getting pelted with our second winter storm already. It's not unusual to see no snow at Christmas here in Southern Ontario, so I think it's going to be a long winter if we are already on storm number two. I thought since my daughter's dance rehearsal and photoshoot is cancelled today, let's go make some stuff with that basket load we got at Ikea a while back.
The blanket says do not iron, and the whole point of this project was to see if I could actually apply heat transfer vinyl (HTV) without wrecking it or catching anything on fire.
I gradually brought my Cricut EasyPress 2 up to temperature and ironed out the wrinkles as I went, and I saw no issues at all. The wrinkles came out easily and the blanket didn't discolour or melt. Phew!
Instead of going with the recommended heat setting for the Siser Easyweed HTV, I lowered the temperature, and went with 280°F. I found out that Siser is one of the only HTV vinyls that can be applied at a lower temperature. You just need to press longer and with more pressure.
Using my Cricut Maker I cut all the pieces out and weeded them like usual. I started at the bottom with the word GNOMIES, and then onto the little gnome bodies. I worked my way up from there. Next I did the beards, then the noses, hats, pompoms and then the words at the top last.
Once each layer was placed, I used a thin cotton tea towel as a heat transfer cover sheet/ press cloth. I haven't been using one as much since I got my EasyPress2, but decided that I would since this 100% polyester material said no ironing. I actually couldn't find my press cloth at first, and was just going to use parchment paper which you can do too.
When I moved onto the next layer, I actually replaced the carrier sheet for added protection before applying the press cloth and pressing. I don't know if it was necessary or not, but I had success.
Once all of it was on and the carrier sheets all removed, I placed the press sheet down and went over the whole design one time to make sure it was nice and flat and adhered.
I am really happy with how it turned out and will be making another trip to Ikea for some more of these blankets. I think they will make great teacher gifts for Christmas. I thought this would be a cute design that would last all winter long too.
My daughter now wants to keep this for us. It passed the 12 and 14 year old opinion test, so I guess I will be making that trip to Ikea after all.
Who doesn't want to chill with their gnomies right?
Have you used HTV on the Polarvide blankets from Ikea? I would love to hear about your experience. Share your story.