If you don't know how to sew, don't worry you don't necessarily need to.
Step 1: What you need
- 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)
- 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)
- sewing machine (optional)
- soldering iron
Step 2: Design templates
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.
Step 3: Applique
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
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
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...