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Make-Out Practice Pillow for Valentine's Day

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When I was in middle school, everyone "joked" about making out with pillows for practice. I'm assuming that I was not the only one for whom the jokes had some truth. Let's just all admit that we all practice made-out with our pillows and we looked really silly doing it. Those poor pillows.

There seems to have been little innovation in the make-out practice pillow department despite the rise in popularity of decorative "Let's Make Out" pillows and cuddle pillows that are shaped like a human torso, so it is time that I step in and offer a new solution to the middle-schoolers or lonely hearts of the world: a pillow with a mouth. You are welcome. You are so welcome.

I have to admit that I didn't decide that these gadgets needed to be invented by sheer and sudden inspiration. It came to me as a matter of need. As I was taking out the garbage to my apartment complex trash last year, I saw two enormous suitcases on the ground next to the dumpster. The size was curious to me, so I snapped the latches and opened those bad boys up. The chest-opening song from Zelda played loudly in my head as I gazed upon the majesty within--each case contained a CPR dummy and a big bag of removable rubber dummy mouths. My eyes were wide as I took the hoard of face-bottoms from their cases.. What magical creations could I make with such a weird find?

The mouths sat in a bin in my studio for awhile. They whispered to me as I worked in my studio. We are waiting, they said, and we are creepy. Don't you want to get us out of your studio? After many months, the rubber lips exhaled the idea of make-out pillows. I've been avoiding the insistency of the mouths, but as we near closer to Valentine's day I know the time has come.

I have to admit that when I mentioned this idea to my friends, the reaction from anyone over the age of 25 tended to be variations on "that's really creepy," and anyone under the age of 25 thought it was hilarious and awesome (middle-school to college-age seemed to be the sweet spot of people who really liked the idea). I thought it was pretty hilarious myself until I actually made the things. They are super creepy. But I sort of love them for that.

EDIT 2/14/2014: Since originally posting this 'ible, my pillows have sort of gone viral. I was interviewed about them on WGN Morning News in Chicago and gave a nice shout-out to my Instructables community. You can watch the interview here if you like. 

A PDF for the tags is also included in this instructable.

 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools:

  • Scissors (and a rotary fabric cutter is nice if you have one)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing needle
  • Sharpie

Materials:

  • CPR dummy mouth. I found a whole bunch of them bagged up in a suitcase with a CPR dummy at my apartment dumpster awhile back, so I'm unsure of where you could get them. You can buy them through this website, but they are really expensive and you have to buy a lot. If you really want to make one of these pillows, message me and I can send you a mouth (I have around 30 of them). EDIT: Because I have had a number of people asking for mouth pieces to create these pillows, I made a quick listing for them on Etsy. If you would like a CPR dummy mouth, it will be $5 (mainly to cover the shipping so that I can send it to you). Get one here. EDIT AGAIN: I am all out of mouths. Sorry!

  • Felt. Cut two squares of felt than are 12" x 12". I chose to do the back and front of the pillow in two different colors, but if you want it to be all one color you can get away with buying a half-yard of fabric.
  • Thread
  • Embroidery floss. I used a color contrasting my felt so that it would stand out.
  • Glue
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Small piece of cardboard or mat board
  • Sheet of paper

Step 2: Mouth Template

Lay your rubber mouth in the center of the sheet of paper and trace around the edge with a pencil. Fold the paper in half and make a smooth pencil mark about 1/4-inch inside the outline of the mouth. Cut along the pencil line you just made.

Unfold the sheet of paper and use the mouth to check the size of your template.

Step 3: Sew on the Face

Place your paper template on top of the square of felt that you would like to become the front of your pillow. Use a sharpie to draw the shape of the template on the felt. Cut out around the outside edge of the sharpie mark.

Check the fit of your mouth in the felt hole, and if it all looks good, pin the rubber face to the felt so that the face is coming up through the hole with enough overlap of felt and rubber to use for sewing. It is a bit difficult to get the pins through the rubber, but with a little pressure they will go through. Don't stab yourself with pins!

Using a needle and embroidery floss, sew the mouth to the felt. Stay away from the very edge of the felt and the edge of the rubber--the rubber on my mouths is very thin at the edges, so I tried to sew into a thicker part of the rubber.

The mouthpiece has a big hole in the back where the mouth was connected to the CPR dummy's chest. It needs to be closed off so that stuffing doesn't make its way into the mouth of an aspiring make-out master. Once you have sewn all the way around, cut out a small piece of cardboard or mat board scrap to cover the air hole of your face. Glue it in place (hot glue, tacky glue, whatever you have around should work).

Step 4: Sew the Pillow and Stuff

With the rubber mouth inside, pin the felt square with the face to the other felt square. Leave a gap for turning/filling the pillow. I use two pins to mark where I want my gap so that I remember to stop when I'm roaring along on the sewing machine.

Sew the squares together. Nip the corners off with scissors and turn it all right-side-out. This is best done by easing the face through the hole first and then working the rest of the fabric through.

Stuff the pillow with your favorite filler. I had a leftover bag of poly fill laying around, but usually I buy gigantic stuffed animals at the thrift store for a dollar and use their insides for filling. Hand-sew the hole shut and fluff your new

Step 5: Optional Gift Tags

Picture of Optional Gift Tags

The pillows look pretty creepy and are not instantly identifiable as a tool for practicing kissing skills, so I made some simple gift tags to dress up the presentation a bit. If you are giving a pillow to your experience-needing little brother, your forever-alone best friend, or anyone else who you think would appreciate such a gift, just print off the tags, cut out whichever one you like best, punch a hole in either side, string a ribbon through, and tie the tag around the pillow.

Tags included in the document are "let's make out," "I heart tonsil hockey," and "put your tongue on my tongue," and underneath each title it says "kissing practice pillow."

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clockworkfish4 months ago

This is seriously on the edge of creepy, hilarious, and awesome! Great job!

macncheeseguy5 months ago
I thought it was tonsil tennis
jmyers235 months ago
I'm still wiping my eyes. This is too funny! I love your creative spirit.
onrust5 months ago
That creeps me out. but looking most durable. Ill stick to just drooling on pillows.
OmegaWolf1415 months ago
Right... Kissing Practice....

^ Lol my thoughts exactly.

cburr15 months ago

Amazing job, Emily. These are so amazing. =)

emilygraceking (author) 5 months ago

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have run out of the 30 CPR mouthpieces I had, but I will be retrieving a few more from my friend's house on Sunday. If you are desperately hoping for a CPR mouth, send me a message/email (emily@emilygraceking.com) and I will make sure to save one for you. For those of you who already requested mouths from me through etsy, they are in the mail! Happy making!

The response to this Instructable has been crazy--this pillow has gone totally viral all over the internet. I was interviewed on an Australian radio show yesterday morning and will be on a morning talk show in Chicago in a few hours, which is all super weird.

Instructables is the best community out there. Thank you all for getting the joke and enjoying the project!

Flyinseamnky5 months ago

"make out" sure that's what you are doing with it. You weirdo. LOL

darrellzilla5 months ago

Congratulations on your very creepy instructable.

shwa5 months ago
Hahaha finally R rated instructable love it great job.reminded me of Chuck Palahniuk book "Haunted","Exodus" part.
Be sure not to lend these to anyone
digitalrub shwa5 months ago

was thinking it but, you went ahead and said it!

l8nite5 months ago

ok, yes VERY CREEPY but I can see these being used in a haunted house on a bed or a few on a couch.. GREAT FIND ! and a dbl high five on the creation

benwade5 months ago

Creepy, but put a Squeel in one and you could really practice your technique.

mmathias25 months ago
This is so creepy. I love it.
alcurb5 months ago

Two words that start with 'cre':

Creative and Creepy

For the next enhancement: a servo-controlled wiggly tongue.

This should be put in the category of Unusual Gifts and Gags.

Nice work.

Ninzerbean5 months ago

ISTG I never made out with my pillow, but I think these are so hilarious - and the description of your reaction when you undid the suitcases is just perfect as I have scored finds that made me have the same reaction. Thank god there is Instructables where you can share something as zany as this, and to you for such a great write up.

emilygraceking (author)  Ninzerbean5 months ago

Thank you for such kind compliments. I am also incredibly thankful for Instructables. What a weird and wonderful community we have here!

Radicalone5 months ago

Yikes....

It would be fun to make one with arms as well! I would love to make these for my 3 nieces! I think thy would get a kick out of it!! Must find some faces!!
msdrpepper5 months ago
Now that was creepily fascinating! I'm sure I am dating myself to confess that the only person I wanted to kiss in middle ("Jr. High" back in the day) school would have been Donny Osmond... Back before the original "Donny & Marie" show. I'm not so sure I want my son (high school) to practice with this (he prolly has an iPad App for that!?). Ha! And my only concern, which you kind of addressed, was that the randome average person reading this won't be as likely to encounter such an unusual find at the local apartment dumpster as these RescueAnnies and CPRCarl and their replacement lips!! ( I have over 30 years of taking these CPR classes, so I am already very familiar with these mouths and the yuckky alcohol wipe smell that I have permanently associated with them!)... Although, this sounds like the perfect "surplus" for the 'American Science and Surplus' catalogs, which I have cherished over the years. So who knows, you may have created a new market for exterraneous rubber lips...? This is soooo freakingly hilarious of a concept!! (And no comment on other body parts. I'm not that desparately lonely....yet?).
quirkly5 months ago

My first comment after years of inspiration and information. You have given Instructables that flash of enlightenment that sends DIY to a new place. I have never laughed from an 'ible. Chuckle and grumble but this a real Valentine. Excellent use of materials at hand. You have my vote.

squirrelygirl5 months ago

ummm???

Creative = yes

Disturbing= yes

Amusing = Most definitely

ArticAkita5 months ago

a VERY light hearted pillow with 'help' for the shy kisser! with a creepy twist...better than just a smiley face pillow case. :D imagination is NOT at all lost! luvs it! Thumbs up!

Wroger-Wroger5 months ago

LOL - deep red with embarrassment.......

5150tech5 months ago

Wow you are the master!

jiminigrist5 months ago

I don't normal comment but...O....M....G!!!!!

I am freaked out and in awe at the same time. So along those lines, What were you thinking! and What an awesome idea!

emilygraceking (author)  jiminigrist5 months ago

Thanks! I was really just looking for a way to reuse/upcycle the CPR mouths; they were just too strange to leave in the trash. This was the best idea I could come up with for reusing them.

thecapper5 months ago

I really, really love this. It's hilarious and clever. And I AM over 25 years of age, by the way. And not really that creepy, I don't think...

emilygraceking (author)  thecapper5 months ago

Thank you! I'm glad you love them.

The mind reels. With the zippered side it would be perfect to put a speaker or iPod inside so it could whisper sweet nothings.
Then, the opportunity to add eyes of various kinds is the obvious next step. Glasses? Lipstick? Pierced--nose--lip--septum?

Thank you for a fun and creeeepy instruct able. Please do more.

emilygraceking (author)  Ricardo Furioso5 months ago

Putting a voice box inside the pillow is a great idea, and adding some personal touches really amps up the creepy. Thanks for the inspiration!

pypotheto5 months ago
Oh I see lonely dudes having weird fun with this pillow... Hahahaha great idea!!
hmerchant5 months ago
where are the first, second and third base pillows?

why stop there?

I want a baby delivery pillow.

IdahoDavid5 months ago

It's like a "Dr. Who" character. I'm freaked out, but can't look away.

bhennessy15 months ago

It puts the lotion in the basket.

Ashese5 months ago

Ahahah!! It would be so awesome to have some of these, but flip them over so they look 'normal'. Wait for a guest to move one, then SHAZAAM! >:D

CEVMarauder5 months ago

If a guy had written this 'ible, the FBI would already be digging up his basement.

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