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Cheaper Alternative to Pressing Pillows: Pressing Pads!

Pressing pillows are pretty much an essential heat pressing accessory - the problem is they're not cheap.  BUT...I recently found out about an alternative to heat press pillows - and they're a fraction of the cost.

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I'm not talking about making your own pressing pillows, which shared how to do here. I'm talking about pressing pads.

Heat Press pads look like mouse pads, but they come in a bunch of sizes and shapes.  I got this set of five Tee Pad It pressing pads from Heat Press Nation for about $25. Pressing pillows can cost about $70 for a set!

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Just like heat press pillows, heat press pads, help provide the best possible press by adding pressure and bulking up the area of the substrate where the heat transfer vinyl is going to be applied.

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The biggest difference - aside from being less than a third of the price - is heat press pads needs to be positioned directly under the area where the HTV is being applied to act as a plateau.

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Unlike pressing pillows, they don't allow for buttons, snaps, seams or zippers to sink into them. For that reason, the pressing pad needs to be positioned so those bulky areas hang off the raise pad area.  Whereas with heat press pillows those areas would sink into the pillow, still allowing for an even press.

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1 comment

  1. So im guessing this wouldn’t work well with designs that use htv & rhinestones

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