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This will show you how to make a simple pillow with two in built speakers. Like the commercially available 'Sound asleep Pillow'. This means you can plug in any audio device, Ipod, computer, etc and listen to music or watch a film without getting tangled up in earphones.

Other instructables similar to this one have put speakers in an external device, in a tin under the pillow or on a pad pinned to the top. To my knowledge this is the first instructable to install the speakers in the pillow.
Also there is the added novelty of a custom made pillow case (which glows in the dark)
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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You may well have all this stuff lying around. I was making this as a gift so I decided to buy a new pillow and case.

You will need:

- Pillow & pillow case
- Old headphones, earphones are not ideal but will do
- Female 3.5mm jack connector
- Wire
- Soldering iron
- Solder
- Heat-shrink tubing
- Scissors
- Needle and thread
- 2 part epoxy or hot glue

You may need:

- Fabrics paints
- Brush
- Drill

Step 2: Paint Pillow Case

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This is entirely optional, but since I was making this as a gift I thought I should dress it up a little.

I've put this first because it requires a long time to dry.

Firstly make sure your pillow case is clean and ironed. Then secure it to your work surface (with newspaper underneath, in case paint soaks through).

Then sketch out your design in pencil.
I made this 'zzz - musical notes' type design, feel free to copy it, or use your own.

You can squeeze the fabric paint straight out of the tube, but this tends to be a bit unpredictable, which lead to a large smudge :( .
After this I painted using a brush, which also allows for finer detail.

Once the black was dry I outlined my design in glow paint. You need to put this on quite thickly to see any glowing effect.

Leave your paint to dry for 24 hours then turn the case inside out and wash it to set.
ishu10006 months ago
What is use of opening the headphones, we can use it without opening it to.
great job, great project
drabinowitz3 years ago
WHERE do you get a female audio jack like that?! I looked in every electronic store that might have them around me, and on ebay, but I can't find them!! Please help!
madmanmoe64 (author)  drabinowitz3 years ago

I bought mine from maplin, you'll have trouble finding it anywhere other than an electronics component store.

But I did find one on eBay, try searching "3.5mm socket component"
MoritzB4 years ago
fouddah4 years ago
This is a great idea, i just finished making one! everyone i have shown it to wants me to make one for them now.
MoritzB4 years ago
To my speaker pillow I made a video:
This is really cool but i dont understand how the adapter is going to connect to the ipod...
madmanmoe64 (author)  bryanzavala1234 years ago
 Using a male to male jack plug, like this one:

There are obviously other ways to do it (why not attach a male plug directly to the pillow?) but I wanted to be able to remove the cable ,so that it's not in the way, when I'm not using it. 
Also it allows me to connect different lengths / types of cable.

hope that helps,
 okay, so why would you need the 3.5 mm jack? couldn't you just plug your ipod into the headphone jack?? just wondering, sorry if i'm being naive; i really don't know much about this sort of stuff.
madmanmoe64 (author)  chihuahualover1125 years ago
You're right it's not necessary but I chose to do it for this project.

The wires that come attached to the headphones are normally thin and flimsy, as well as being way too short for what i wanted. So I removed the original jack.

I could have attached longer wires and a new jack, but I decided to do it this way(with a socket and extension cable) so that I could detach the cable when it wasn't in use, making the whole thing neater.
 ohh. well i just made this pillow, and i love it! i just poked the original (pretty long) cord out the hole. but since i couldn't find a spot on my speakers to drill holes for sewing, i ripped apart an old sock and made a little pouch around each speaker that could then be sewn into the pillow. great instructable, works great!
ElQuinntero5 years ago
so if you put the speakers on the back then the sound should be being projected the opposite way when your head is on the pillow like if the pillow is on a bed the the sound is supposed to be being projected towards the bed and not towards your head?
madmanmoe64 (author)  ElQuinntero5 years ago
No, you face the speakers into the pillow. So the sound travels through the pillow and toward your head.

The speakers are paced on the back, partly because they would be uncomfortable to lie your head on, but also to muffle the sound slightly. This way only the person with their head on the pillow will hear the noise, no one else.
how do you wash the pillow????
madmanmoe64 (author)  mistermarshmallow5 years ago
You shouldn't need to wash the pillow, That's the idea of a pillowcase. You just remove the case and wash it, and the pillow itself shouldn't get dirty. Unless you spill something on it, but then that's your fault for trying sleep and drink at the same time :)
How loud and what is the quality of the sound coming out of the speakers? Great Instructable btw.
madmanmoe64 (author)  StarshipMcGee5 years ago
The Idea is that only the person resting on the pillow can hear the sound. When you are using it it can go pretty loud. The quality will depend mostly on the speakers, there is no noticeable drop in quality from the sound having to travel through the pillow.
XDleader5555 years ago
I bought a pair of cheap headphones at the 99c store. I'm trying this out with a zipper so I can take the speakers out and wash the pillow as well. Great ible
eielofview5 years ago
I personally would leave this step out, have you considered putting the jack plug near the end of the pillow? that way you could use the pillow cases opening and not have to do anything differently.. Just an idea.
madmanmoe64 (author)  eielofview5 years ago
The jack plug is at the end of the pillow. But I wanted the jack to be visible.
You are right though, you could save a bit of effort by just turning the pillow case round so the jack lines up with the opening at the other end.