Tutorial: A Pillow for Remote Controls

Like many other Americans, by living room has been taken over by remote controls. Some I know how to use, and others I do not. It happens once per night that my husband asks, “Linds, have you seen the _____ remote?” It’s not long ’til I’m bending over, digging in between couch cushions or looking under the shaggy rug for one of the remotes.

Enter, the remote control pillow.
Remote Control Pillow

It prefers to live indoors rather than outside.
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This was a design I hoped would curtail the nightly hunt for remote controls. Each one lives in its own diagonal pocket. The pillow can be flipped around and used as a headrest. You don’t even feel the remotes (or “clickers” as we called them growing up).
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I installed a zipper in the bottom and used Sew Mama Sew’s piping tutorial for the black cord edging. The fabrics I used are a canary linen lookalike and a houndstooth home dec print.

For the lettering, I used freezer paper stencils and fabric paint.
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Apply the paint in a thin layer, and let dry.
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Peel off paper, and trim fabric words. Adhere to pillow front using Steam a Seam 2 and an iron.
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Cut ribbon strips and iron on to top and bottom of words, using Steam a Seam 2.
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Ta-da! My ultimate geeky home accessory, just in time for Oscars night. I’m linking up to amylouwho’s Sew & Tell.

P.S. Please take a look at my friend Mary’s ruffled pillow, which she’s also entering in the Sew Mama Sew pillow contest. It’s fantastic!

 

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  21 comments for “Tutorial: A Pillow for Remote Controls

  1. Dee
    February 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    >now for a tutorial on training kids to put them in the pillow?

  2. Chris Wolfgang
    February 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    >best idea EVERRR. go you! so cute.

  3. Laurel {Make and Takes}
    February 25, 2011 at 4:34 am

    >Smart idea and cute pillow! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  4. Nina...
    February 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    >Very cool idea. A tastefull way to keep the remotes handy. Love it!

  5. Karenkay
    February 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    >Your pillows are great!

  6. notes of sincerity
    February 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    >How cute and clever is that??!! :o)
    What a super idea!
    Sincerely, Trish

  7. p.s.phyllis sews
    February 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    >What a great idea! Love how easy it looks to make the stencils, too.

  8. Jessica
    February 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    >Fabulous idea! It's so cute! And I love that ruffled pillow :)

  9. Karen
    February 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    >That's a great idea! Do they get put back in the pillow? That would be the problem at our house. Remotes need their own locator beacon or somethig.

  10. Patty D from NC
    February 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    >cute idea. i hope it works!

  11. Amy@ Just Pleased as Punch
    February 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    >Great idea!!! I am totally gonna copy you :)

  12. Catherine
    February 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    >Um…BRILLIANT! Love this idea!

  13. Dayna
    February 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    >Brilliant! Even my husband will love this!

  14. Sara @ Sew Sweetness
    February 27, 2011 at 1:57 am

    >Oh my gosh! I need to make this for my grandparents…it's perfect! Thanks for sharing, it's on my to-do list!

  15. Katrina
    February 27, 2011 at 4:50 am

    >We just got our first universal remote, I don't know why we suffered with three remotes all these years. :)

  16. Sandra
    March 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    >Love the concept of the pillow. Very creative! Not sure my husband could manage to lift his head off the pillow and replace the remote…lol!

  17. April 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Haha….what a cute & novel idea!! :D

  18. May 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This is such a great idea!

  19. June 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I just love that pillow, such a creative idea! I am also having a pillow contest for charity on my blog, I would love it if you would consider entering! Link below!

    Carlee
    http://www.ladybirdln.com/2011/05/pillow-fight-for-causepart-1.html

    • June 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks Carlee! I’m on vacation early this month, and if I can get caught up on everything, I’ll enter it after the 15th. :)

  20. June 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Such an awesome idea!! I would buy this rather than make it because I’m not a sewer!

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