My fiance is really difficult to shop for. I love him dearly but it is next to impossible to find a gift that will satisfy him. I searched for months and months before I finally came across the perfect gift: The Xbox Controller Pillow.
There was no instructions or tutorial (which is perfectly fine) so I made some assumptions and used my Home is Where the Xbox Is cross-stitch that I made for him as a guide.
Without further ado:
The birthday boy with his gifts:
(As soon as he opened the first one he immediately starting pushing the "buttons" and making "pew pew" noises).
I have some in process pics for those who are curious:
The first thing I did was draw (using a pencil) a free hand sketch of the shape of the controller and cut it out:
(I cut two at a time so it was easy to match up and sew. I used plain old broadcloth for the fabric).
I used a compass to draw circles on some poster board, cut them out, and taped them to the fabric:
My paint pallet:
(I painted the buttons and the Xbox logo using fabric paint from Joann Fabrics)
The colored buttons:
The Xbox logo I painted on using one of the circle patterns that I drew (just around it) and then drew the "X" with my paintbrush freehand:
Here's the whole pillow painted:
Then the paint needed almost 4 hours to dry, apply a second coat, and then another 4 hours to dry. :( Then I sewed the right sides together leaving a large gap for stuffing and turned it right side out:
I then stuffed the pillow and sewed up the bottom.
The finished product:
on our bed: