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Arduino Decor

8 August 2010 5 Comments

This summer I’ve spent a lot of time reorganizing my workroom/office space. After getting all my tools in order and rearranging furniture, the last step has been to add inspiring art and decoration. Awhile back I had the idea to make big, squishy pillows shaped like Arduino boards, inspired by Blythe Church’s amazing hand sewn felt electronics. In my spare time, I’ve been working on a large LilyPad floor pillow. It ended up being a great way to practice my stitching and adds a much-needed soft element to the space (which right now is mostly desks and tables). After many hours of embroidering and hand stitching onto felt, I finally finished it up this afternoon. Here are a few pictures of the finished piece:

That’s the actual LilyPad board on the right.

The pillow is about 20″ in diameter and 3.5″ thick, with some memory foam inside to make it really squishy/huggable. I’m hoping to make some more in the shape of the other Arduino boards and have a whole collection of them around the workroom.


  • Michael said:

    I am loving it!! Looks totaly sweet!

    Maybe next a arduino duemilanove tablecloth ;-)

  • Kurtis said:

    You have combined 2 of my favorite things, pillows and Arduinos (Sounds like a great title for a book about electronics to read before bed). Excellent work, you are very creative and very good at sewing.

  • leah said:

    this is outrageously awesome!

  • Michael said:

    Oh i totaly forgot to ask you for the plans, i would love to make one of my own :-) (My less geeky girlfriend is going to think this is stupid though ;-) )

  • Angela (author) said:

    I used a photo of the LilyPad, blew it up to the size I wanted using my printer and used that as a template. Since it was so large, I printed it on a bunch of pieces of paper in a grid and taped them together. To get the straight lines of the circuit traces I just cut through the paper and used it as a stencil. I’d love to see photos if you end up making one too :) .

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