When I saw the drop cloth Sharpie pillow by The Happy Housie (check out her project), I knew I wanted to make my own pillow with a Sharpie design. One of my favourite sitcoms that I watch regularly is The Big Bang Theory, and I thought that Sheldon’s often-spoken phrase “that’s my spot” would be a hilarious throw cushion design to have on my couch. Placed on the spot where I sit, naturally.
Creating this pillow was extremely fast and easy. I created a large version of the phrase and printed it out on 8.5×11″ paper. The font is “Sorry Not Sorry” by Kimberly Geswein. I taped the print out on my front window then taped my pillow fabric on top of that. The light from the window made it extremely easy to trace out the phrase using a thin pen.
For the fabric, I used some random beige twill I had in my stash that was given to me for free. I cut out the fabric oversized at first, then cut it down to the size I wanted later.
I started with a thin Sharpie pen at first just to get the basic shape since tracing on the window is a bit awkward. After taking it off the window, I used a standard thick Sharpie to fill it in the rest of the lettering.
I then trimmed down the pillow fabric to the correct size. My pillow was a 14″ basic pillow from IKEA (a $1.99 special with a squiggle on it), so I originally planned to cut out the two pillow pieces at 15″ square with 1/2″ seam allowance. I must have gotten a little excited, because I trimmed it down at 15″ wide and 14″ tall by accident. Luckily, the pillow case still fit fine in the end using a 1/4″ seam allowance instead, in fact, the flat pillow ended up looking a little more full because of it as an unexpected bonus!
I layered two pieces of the pillow fabric, right sides together, then sewed along my four sides, leaving a gap for turning inside out and inserting the pillow form.
After ironing the pillow case, then inserting the pillow form into the new case, I stitched it closed and bam, new novelty pillow!
The pillow doesn’t have any special powers. Although I’ve claimed this corner as the area where I sit, but Diamond, my calico kitty, still lays her claim this corner spot:
“In an ever-changing world it is a single point of consistency. If my life were expressed as a function on a four-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, that spot, at the moment I first sat on it, would be (0,0,0,0)”
– Sheldon Cooper