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Game Controller Pillow decor

As I was working on the boy bedroom refresh for Jack, I started thinking about how to decorate around the gamer theme. A pillow on his lounge sofa might be fun! A quick search on Amazon didn’t turn up one we liked enough. I figured with my new found interest in sewing, I would just try making game controller pillow. You can be the judge if it turned out alright.

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For those of you who don’t know. I am fairly new to sewing…. so I pretty much am making this all up as I go along. This is the story of that adventure- enjoy the ride:


The first thing I did was take a picture of his XBox game controller.

Then I cropped the photo tightly to show half of the controller and drew a general outline of the half onto some cardstock I taped together to make it big enough.


Fabric is expensive and the line to get into the local craft store has been insanely long lately. I went through my husband’s old shirts and found a polo from an old job he’d never wear again.

I folded the shirt in half lengthwise and ironed it flat. Laying the cardstock pattern with the center where the sides line up. This will cut the front and back at the same time.

I pinned the shirt together so nothing would move and traced the outline with tailors chalk.

Then I cut along my outline. When I spread everything out, I had two sides to this game controller pillow.


I found some very thick ribbon that was perfect for the trim parts.

I cut some circles and a + symbol for the buttons out of the ribbon and placed them on the front. Tracing a bobbin was the perfect size for the small colored buttons.

Using the wide ribbon it was easy to form out the decorative center feature of a game controller. The whole thing was basically eyeballed- folding and pinning the ribbon when it looked like the right size.

The ribbon was good for the side buttons as well.

After pressing the fold down and trimming the edges, everything was pinned in place.

Iron-on Fusing Web was an easy way to tack everything in place so nothing shifted when running everything through the sewing machine.


Then I carefully stitched along the edges of the ribbon.

Next, I flipped the front piece over and trimmed the “side button” ribbons close to the edge.

Then, placing the back side on top of the front, I stitched everything together leaving the bottom middle section open for fluff.

I turned it right side out and realized I forgot to add the small colored buttons. It was easy to attach an embroidery hoop and hand embroider the circles with colored floss. Remember to go through only the top layer.

Once I did that, I filled it with an entire bag of polyfill stuffing and used a ladder stitch to close the game controller pillow up. Popping it on the leather sofa or bed in his room, it helps with the gamer theme.

If we travel, it is the perfect shape for a neck pillow too.

All in all, I think this game controller pillow came out pretty decent, what do you think?

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    May 27, 2020 at 7:04 AM

    Ingenious idea, good job! Sewing is not easy definitely need that spacial brain of yours 😘

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