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Sound effect minesweeper pillows

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In this instructable I'm going to show you, how to make your own set of minesweeper pillows. I guarantee you, that you will have a lot of fun, seeing your friends jump up, after they made themselves comfortable on the wrong pillow.

If you don't know how to sew, don't worry you don't necessarily need to.
 
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Step 1: What you need

Material
  • pillows
  • light grey fabric for the pillows (You can of course use finished ones, but bear in mind that if you are planning to applique with a sewing machine it is going to be harder) The amount of fabric you need depends on the size of the pillows you are planning to make.
  • stuffing (if you want to make the pillows yourself)
  • zippers (optinal)
  • green, blue, red and black fabric (The amount you need depends on the size of your pillows, just take a look at the next step)
  • thread in the above colours (optional)
  • fusible web e.g. Heat N Bond or Steam a Seam 2 (I've used Steam a Seam 2, because it was easier for me to get)
Stuff for the sound effect
  • at least one audio recording and playing device (check out the second picture)
  • litz wire
  • a push-button
  • hot glue
  • Duct Tape
  • something to house your device in (I've used an Altoids tin, but if you have something that is not conductive, you should use it)
  • a plastic container (take a look at step five)
  • Velcro (optional)
  • fusible interfacing (optional)

Tools

  • sewing machine (optional)
  • scissors
  • soldering iron

Step 2: Design templates

Picture of Design templates
I've attached the vector file for the flag and the numbers.
In order to open it you need inkscape (amazing freeware tool). If you don't have it, you can download it here: www.inkscape.org/download/

The proportion between the grey background and the numbers/ the flag is the original one. So just scale the pictures according to your pillow size.
template.svg(4606x1417) 48 KB

Step 3: Applique

The first thing you will have to do is to outline your template on one paper side of the fusible web. Remember that your drawing has to be inverted. If you are using inkscape you can do that by selecting the image and pressing "H". You can of course use a set square in order to draw the template.
Now you will have to remove the other paper side of the fusible web, press the template onto your fabric and cut along the lines. Remove the second paper side and press it onto your light grey fabric. If your are happy with the position iron it on according to the instruction of your fusible web.
I've used a straight stitch to secure the template.

Step 4: Sew the pillow cases

Picture of Sew the pillow cases
If you've bought finished pillow cases, just skip this step.
Else, you will now have to sew them, if you don't know how to do that watch the following video. Sam Lewis made a very good video on how to make a pillow case with a zipper.



Step 5: The sound effect

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There are many ways to make the sound effect work. I decided to use a very simple one with a finished module, but can of course build it yourself.
First drill two small holes in the Altoids tin for the push button and the speaker and use tape to insulate it. The Velcro helps to hold the recording parts in place. Everything else is glued to the tin with hot glue.
Because the fabric of the pillow inlet is to thin the plastic container supports the push-button from behind and is glued to the inside of the pillow as you can see in picture number 5.

The tape that you can see in pictures number 4 and 5 prevents the fabric of the pillow from fraying.

It bothered me, that the push buttons could still be seen through the pillow case. That why I ironed fusible interfacing to the inside of it.


You are done, organize the pillows on your sofa and have a lot of fun, but make sure that nobody gets a heart attack...

Hmm... I'm imagining LCD screens and a way for the pillows to know their neighbors...
Make a grid on the floor and you can have a playable PILLOW MINESWEEPER! :D
 you ROCK, I want a room full of them!
A room full of them would be the best. Guests have to step on the right ones to get through. Awesome! Great instructible by the way
BrittLiv (author)  skippyconsuelo3 years ago
thanks, lol I would love to see that!! I've got six right now...
tinker2342 years ago
wow i know what to do with this thanks
Chumlee3 years ago
might try this with mario or space invaderss you've got some great instructables keep itt upp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ookikies3 years ago
Am I the only person who can legitimately beat Minesweeper on any difficulty?
No, you're just the only only one who doesn't know what humble means...
berserk3 years ago
Oooohhuu I do like those semi-insider jokes :-)
 This is such a clever idea!! 
ndinitz3 years ago
 awesomeness i will so make one of these.
yoyology3 years ago
Love the Instructable.  What a great idea, and well-executed.

By the way, if you want a great Minesweeper clone, with the option of much greater challenge, look at Mines-Perfect (http://www.czeppi.de/english/index.html).  It's even available as a portable app!
Arbitror3 years ago
Nooo! Vista destroyed the old minesweeper graphics!...

...whatever...

Great job on the 'ible by the way!
BrittLiv (author)  Arbitror3 years ago

Yeah they did, I actually had to use pictures from the Internet, because I only have Ubuntu and Windows 7 on my computer...

But if somebody prefers the “non violent” version, they could actually applique flowers and play one of theses songs:
http://www.songfacts.com/category:songs_with_flowers_in_the_title.php

;-)

That would be, random.
kcls3 years ago
These are officially the most awesome pillows I have ever seen. Thanks for the great 'ible, and I will definitely try to make these in the future! Great job!
BrittLiv (author)  kcls3 years ago
Thanks a lot, if you do I would love to see some pictures
Kryptonite3 years ago
I think I'm the only person I know that can get past easy on Minesweeper. It makes me sad.

But your pillows cheer me up! :D
mikeasaurus3 years ago
minesweeper, awesome! The pillows look great, nice job!
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