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Death Star Pillow

May 4th is just around the corner. Thus the pun “May the 4th be with you.” I wanted to do something to commemorate the celebration of Star Wars.

Let me start of first by letting you know that I have two son-in-laws that love Star Wars. They are a little obsessed. They have waffle irons with a Darth Vader impression, light sabers, alarm clocks, blankets, clothing, etc so why not make them a pillow.

Lovers of Star Wars here is your newest Death Star. Soft and cuddly so you can have a marathon movie night watching the first Star Wars trilogy or the next generation of movies.

Who doesn’t want a star wars pillow and a blanket to cuddle.

My research on Pinterest and Google brought a whole lot of death star memorabilia but only a handful of pillows. I honed in on pillows that were sewn because I am good at sewing and that would be the easiest for me to duplicate.

Needed Materials

  • Fabric for the back and front as well as for the blocks of the death star
  • Heat n Bond Lite
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing Machine
  • Piping for finishing the edge
  • Zipper
  • Thread

Finding a Template

I then needed to find a death star template of sorts that I could duplicate. This proved harder than I though it would be. However I did find one on wiki how.

I knew that I needed to cut a hole bunch of different fabrics to make the death star. My mind started real-ling, I believed that I could make use of my Cricut Maker and Design Space. So I started out to find an SVG, but to my disadvantage I could not locate one that I wanted to use. I decided it was time to learn Adobe Illustrator and make my own SVG. (Making an SVG out of AI would be for another time.

Fabric choices

With the template done and ready to cut I needed to find the right fabric. What I found was that Joann’s had the perfect solution. Fabric Rolls. I used the Black and White along with the Black Metallic fabric rolls.

Fabric Roll Black and White
Fabric Roll Black and White

Pillow Size

My pillow ended up being approximately 20″ x 20″ the end result was phenomenal. The size determines your pieces for the death star. 20″ x 20″ was large enough so that the Death Star pieces were easier to work with.

The front looks like the pictures and the back has an added element of excitement.

Applying Heat n Bond Lite

Since this was going to be a pieced pillow I need to apply Head n Bond Light to back my fabric before placing onto the pillow backing. My Cricut Easy Press is fun to work with because I can do a larger areas of ironing at exactly the right temperature.

Cutting the death star pieces

I cut out all my pieces of the death star using my Cricut Maker.

Note: Make sure that you keep true to the size. If you are off by even 1/32″ of an inch the death star will be off. The back back to the death star is 16.5″ and the pieces of the death star are 15.5″

Sorry I don’t have a pictured to show you the actual cutting but here is the SVG you can purchase.

When cutting the pieces you will need to keep track of what you want as the shaded part and what is the light part. This makes it look like it has a shadow from the light hitting one side.

Death Star Work in Progress
Death Star Work in Progress

Additional pieces are the black background and the silver circle behind where the gun lays.

The black background was also cut using the Cricut Maker also but it needed to be in 2 pieces to accommodate the 12″ wide mat.

Putting it together

You will now need to place your pieces onto the black background. Here is when all the pieces are applied.

Death Star Shaded
Death Star Shaded

I applied the Heat n Bond Light to the black back so I could also be ironed on.

Putting the death star block onto the pillow back using Spray n Bond lightly just to hold it in place enough so it wouldn’t move. Measure exactly where you want it to be on the pillow so that it will end up in the center.

DS Spray n Bond
DS Spray n Bond

I now needed to sew around the death star, making sure that the pieces would not come up when used as a pillow.

Back side of pillow

The back side of the pillow looked to plain so I decided to machine embroidery of Darth Vader on the back.

Darth Vader Outline
Darth Vader Outline

To get the image onto the fabric, I placed a picture under the fabric and traced it with a dressmakers marking pencil that would fade over time.

Trace of Darth Vader Outline
Placement under the fabric
Trace of Darth Vader Outline
Trace of Darth Vader Outline

I did a simple straight stitch around the outlines and I am very pleased with the result.

Darth Vader
Darth Vader

DEATH STAR

The Death Star was the Empire’s ultimate weapon: a moon-sized space station with the ability to destroy an entire planet. But the Emperor and Imperial officers like Grand Moff Tarkin underestimated the tenacity of the Rebel Alliance, who refused to bow to this technological terror…

I am very pleased with my pillow. Now you can make one too. If you find that you would like a custom pillow please send me an email.

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