TV Remote Pillow
Keep this pillow on the couch and the controls off the coffee table where space is usually at a premium.
The technique for designing and sewing the faced shapes can be used to add pockets to other pillows as well.
For a TV Remote Pillow you will need:
- 10-inch by 14-inch pillow form
- 1/2 yard fabric for pocket fronts and pillow back
- Small piece of contrasting fabric for pocket linings
- Small piece of fabric for pillow front
- 1/2 yard fleece
- Measuring and marking tools
- General sewing/craft supplies
PREPARING THE PIECES
1. Cut two 10-inch by 14-inch pieces of paper. Use one piece as a pattern to cut one pillow front and one pillow back from the appropriate fabrics. Set the fabric pieces aside
2. Draw two curving lines freehand across one pattern for the pocket edges, dividing the rectangle roughly into thirds (see “final product” image below). Make the lower pocket at least 5 inches deep, to hold your remote securely. A gentle curving edge will let the pillow accommodate remotes of different sizes. Avoid extreme curves, which will not turn well.
3. Hold both pieces of paper together, and cut ¼ inch above the top-pocket line through both layers. Separate the papers and cut ¾ inch above the bottom-pocket line through one layer only. Discard the scraps, leaving two pocket patterns. Cut one pocket front, one lining, and one fleece for each pattern.
SEWING THE PILLOW
1. Place the lower pocket front and lining right sides together, the lining on top. Slip the fleece layer underneath. Using small stitches, machine-stitch along the curved edge with a ¼ inch seam.
2. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch, and clip the curves. Open up the pocket and finger-press the seam allowance toward the bottom edge. Fold back the lining, letting it extend 1/8 inch above the seam to create a piping effect. Pin in place. Cover the pocket with a press cloth and press lightly, to set the crease. Remove pins and press again, firmly, until the piece is flat. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make the upper pocket.
3. Lay the pillow front right side up. Position the upper pockets on it, right side up, aligning the lower edges. Next, overlay the lower pocket, also aligning the lower edges. Pin in place and then hand-baste. The pillow front now has two pockets for remote controls.
4. Place the pillow front and pillow back right sides together. Machine stitch around the side and bottom edges and sew 2 inches past each corner on the top edge, using a ½ inch seam allowance. Clip the corners, and turn right side out. Press the seam allowances on the open edge ½ inch to the inside. Insert the pillow from and slipstitch closed and you now have a great TV Remote Control Pillow!
You can also add a “touch of whimsy” to a kids or sports room by making a Recycled Jeans Remote Control Pillow. If sewing pillows is not in your agenda, but you really enjoy the concept of using a pillow to store your remote, check out these couch cushions that are actually fully functional remote controls. Talk about never losing the remote again!
For couture pillows at your fingertips (and home dec projects ideas):
-Get your copy of the Pillows with a Punch DVD
-Refer to your copy of Sandra Betzina Sews for the Home
–WebTV Show students can watch the Easy and Elegant Pillows, Creating a Table Runner, and Making a Duvet Cover episodes.