Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Beach Pillow And HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl

Temperatures are definitely telling us that it is summer and time for a trip to the beach. With temperatures in my town reaching 118 degrees and higher, I would love to head to the beach right now! When the time is right, this beach pillow is ready for the trip.

A handle, a zipper pocket on the front, and an open pocket in the back make this pillow ready for almost anything. It’s a great way to carry a few extra things, plus have a place to lay your head and enjoy the sounds of the waves from the beach.
The pillow is water-resistant thanks to HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl. It is amazing! What’s really fun about HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl is how easy it is to use. It even can be painted over applique designs like this one.

There are three ways to use the HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl gel coating:
One coat: Fabric is water and stain-resistant
Two coats: Fabric is waterproof and stain-resistant
Three coats: Waterproof and stain-resistant with a semi-gloss oilcloth finish
Summer Beach Pillow Instructions: 
Step 1: Use a paintbrush to apply a light coat of HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl on the pillow front (don’t apply over the zipper.)
Step 2: Let dry for 30-45 minutes.
Step 3: Preheat iron to medium heat, no steam.
Step 4: Place fabric on top of parchment paper on a firm, protected surface (not an ironing board) and cover with HeatnBond Pressing Paper or non-stick pressing sheet. Press for 45 seconds, moving iron slightly. Let cool.
The Oliso Mini iron is perfect for small projects like this and the purple one is so pretty!
Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive or Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets
HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl
Optional: Heat n Bond Light Weight Non-Woven Interfacing
Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive
Zipper Pocket – The zipper pocket on the front of the pillow was so easy to make. Following package directions, iron the 14” x 14” square of Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive to the wrong side of the 14″ x 14″ fabric. Remove protective paper and fold square diagonally into a triangle, matching edges. Press.
Using the Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive between fabric layers gives it a sturdy feeling and makes adding the zipper much easier.

Fish applique – Following the package directions, prepare the applique patterns using Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive or Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets.
Using Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets means no tracing. Just run your designs through an inkjet printer and they are ready to iron on fabrics. Quick and easy!
Iron adhesive pieces to wrong side of applique fabrics. Cut out applique pieces.Peel off paper liner from the backs of fish applique pieces. Place applique, adhesive side down, on right side of zipper pocket. Press according to package directions until entire piece is bonded. Let cool. Sew around edges using a straight, zig-zag, or blanket stitch.
Apply HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl to zipper pocket on both sides. Having it water proofed on both sides makes it a perfect spot to stow anything that’s liquid, like sunscreen.

Apply a thin line of Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive along folded edge of pocket. Lay edge of zipper along adhesive and finger press in place. Allow to dry. Stitch close to zipper edge on front side of pocket using a straight or decorative stitch. Slide zipper open near edge to enable sewing if needed.
Line up pocket with raw edges along bottom and sides of pillow front with zipper pointed towards pillow center. Pin/clip zipper pocket to secure in place.  Apply thin line of adhesive to other zipper edge and finger press in place. Allow to dry. Sew along top edge of zipper to secure it to pillow. Baste around pocket’s raw edges to secure in place. Trim off excess zipper – make sure zipper pull is not cut off!

That’s it! The pocket is finished and ready for the rest of the pillow to be assembled.
The Whale

The fish and the nice little zipper pocket!

The Jellyfish

The back pocket

It is about 24″ x 24″ when finished and has a preformed 24″ x 24″ pillow inside.
Are you ready to make a pillow for the beach? You can find the complete instructions for the Beach Pillow in a PDF pattern HERE.

Check out the ThermOWeb blog for more ideas on using the HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl.
Grab your flip flops, swimsuit, towel, and especially the sunscreen, and go have some fun at the beach!


  1. Oooh I can think of a lot of uses for Liquid vinyl. I gots to get me some of this stuff! Thanks for sharing this product and the super cute pillow.

  2. That is a great sized pillow for the beach. Love that it has a carrying handle. Not to mention sand proof. Sounds like a great way to spend a relaxing summer day. It also could be a very fun outdoor patio pillow for those of us not near a beach or for the pool area.

  3. Absolutely adorable and very functional. The beach sounds really good to me too!

  4. That is so cute, Carol!! That Liquid Vinyl sounds great!

  5. What wonderful designs! Vinyl or otherwise, I'd love this design on a pillow or wall hanging or even a baby quilt.

  6. That is adorable! They really make some fun and interesting products.

  7. What a fun project! I am going to the lake this weekend, but I would happily have such a fun bag to accompany me.

  8. Hi Carol! Well, isn't this just cool and clever. What a nifty product. I'll have to keep this in mind - I suspect my littles will NEED something made to be waterproof. And that little zipper pocket is fab. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Cute as can be! I remember being impressed the last time you featured it on your blog. Now wish I had used the liquid vinyl on a few of those pillows I made for my grandkids. Next time... :)


Comments are always appreciated!

The "April Showers" Blog Hop Starts Today

Joan at Moosestash Quilting is hosting this month's blog hop, "April Showers." JOAN'S APRIL BLOG HOP CHALLENGE:  "APR...