Instructables

XKCD Quote Pillow

Featured
Picture of XKCD Quote Pillow
I'm sure a lot of you know about XKCD, one of the awesomest webcomics of all time. Today I decided I wanted to make something, and since I can never have too many pillows, I decided to make one that looks like a thought bubble with a quote in it! Thanks to Lithium Rain, for helping me find a good quote to use :D
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Supplies

You're going to need:
Material - Both fleece and something that's not fleece that you could easily screen print onto. But you don't have to use the fleece with it if you don't want to.
Fiber fill (A.K.A. Stuffing) - Obviously it won't be a pillow without stuffing.
Paint - Acrylic works well, but fabric paint would be even better. You'll probably want black paint for this.
Paper - Preferably with the quote of your choosing printed on it. Also, some blank pieces of paper for the bottom part when you're making the stencil for screen printing and then some more for the stencil of the thought bubble.
Printer - To print on the paper with.
Garbage bag - Makes the paper stick to the material.
Iron - You might want to iron your material, and also you need it because it goes with the garbage bag and since the garbage bag goes with the paper the iron also does.
Sewing machine - You probably won't want to sew all this by hand.
X-acto knife, paintbrush, scissors, stuff to write on the material with, all those other small things you might need - Obviously, you're going to need stuff like scissors and x-acto knives and who knows what else.

Thanks for this instructables!
I didn't have any ideas for a birthday present for a boy and ended up making a thought bubble pillow (although a rather different one).
I chose a quote from House M.D. in French, printed it on a iron transfer paper and transferred it on the fabric. Then I cut and sewed, filled it and put the small round bubbles on a string. The fonts used are "century gothic" and a fanmade one named "House M.D."
My friend was delighted!
IMG_2712 2.jpg
Amzy4 years ago
great instructable!
agree about the smaller circles, though

i would consider using a simplier font n order to make it easier to cut....

going to make this one!
Sunbanks (author)  Amzy4 years ago
Thanks!

A simpler font would have been a lot easier to cut, but I liked this one because it reminded me of the font the comic :P 
Amzy Sunbanks4 years ago
Done!
Not exactly like that, though. I cut the letters in a peace of fleece and sew them... really hard work but it's just that I've never tried screen printing. I made it my boyfriend's christmas gift, he loved it.
Pictures bellow (: the blue one is Sigiberto, my boyfriend gave it to me, and the girl is my sister (not a good picture for her xD)
Thanks for the instructable!
Pic 1
Pic 2
Pic 3
Pic 4
Sunbanks (author)  Amzy4 years ago
That looks really cool! :D
xkcd is prefered, Xkcd, and XKCD is frowned upon.
XKCD is epic, no doubt about it, but one must not forget questionable content
Also the pillow is awesome.
1up4 years ago
YES! :D

Love the comic, it's my favorite, and I love this Instructable. Awesome. ;)
Sunbanks (author)  1up4 years ago
Thanks :D
Coliflower4 years ago
Two things:

XKCD is one of the awesomest webcomics ever

And this is a great instructable.

5 Stars!
Sunbanks (author)  Coliflower4 years ago
Thanks! 
Fishpail4 years ago
this is ingenious!

My suggestion is for the smaller circles for the bubble of thought you can make individual balls and sew them onto it, I dunno, to me it looks kinda awkward when this like long thing protrudes out of the pillow and has that painted onto it.

That's why it's a suggestion :P
tim_n Fishpail4 years ago
I thought the same thing, but even so it's a great instructable!
Sunbanks (author)  Fishpail4 years ago
It does look kinda awkward :P maybe individual ones would look better. However, it's very comfortable :D
ChrysN4 years ago
Bubble pillows, what a great idea, love the quote!
Sunbanks (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Thank you! :) 
Msaggese4 years ago
 Can you explain the need for the garbage bag? Do you iron it so that it melts onto the paper? Some clarification on the stenciling step would be much appreciated
Sunbanks (author)  Msaggese4 years ago
Yes, that's what you need it for. Thanks for pointing out the fact that I forgot to mention why you need it! 
gmjhowe4 years ago
HaHa! Great work sunny!
Sunbanks (author)  gmjhowe4 years ago
Thanks! :D 
Jayefuu4 years ago
That's awesome.

Though I'm pretty sure there's an xkcd that applies here, specifically... to quote you....
"and since I can never have too many pillows"
The xkcd was to do with the usefulness of pillows and how men hate them and women can't get enough... I can't find it :(
Sunbanks (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
Aww, I wish you had been able to find it!  
PKTraceur4 years ago
 Love XKCD comics, and I always love your instructables.

Clear pictures and instructions, really cleared up the actual "stencil" part.

-PKT
Sunbanks (author)  PKTraceur4 years ago
Thanks!! I love XKCD comics too :D

I'm so glad that the stencil part made sense! I was a little worried that it wouldn't or would be kinda confusing.
Kiteman4 years ago
Always love the XKCD - they gave my school permission to use one of their cartoons on a postcard to send to pupils who do good work.
Kiteman Kiteman4 years ago
Almost forgot - have a look here.
Sunbanks (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
:D 
Sunbanks (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
I remember your forum topic about that, I wish our school send out postcards like that!
Hazanko4 years ago
After reading xkcd comics for like an hour, I go to Instructables to get away from the funny...and this is the first thing I see. Screw you for being so awesome! D:<
Sunbanks (author)  Hazanko4 years ago
Hehe :D
Btw, thanks :P 
*Awesome*! 5 stars! :)
Sunbanks (author)  Lithium Rain4 years ago
Yay thanks! :D 
XKCD=Awesome
caitlinsdad4 years ago
That is a lot of detail work to cut out for the text.
Sunbanks (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
It made me wish I could afford a laser cutter. 
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!