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Reading Pillow Tutorial: Rest, Read and Relax!

Reading Pillow Tutorial: Rest, Read and Relax!

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Looking for an enjoyable way to while away an empty afternoon? Encouraging our children (and ourselves!) to dive into a good bit of literature is even easier when you have a portable – and comfy – spot to read! This is why we just love Anna Jay’s latest sewing project. This fantastic reading pillow tutorial takes you, step by step, through the process of creating your very own cuddly spot to hunker down and get lost in a good book. It can be created in various colours and sizes to please bookworms and home decor fanatics alike, and is equally as useful in the home as it is on a trip to the park!

Anna Jay’s Step-by-Step Reading Pillow Tutorial:

I’ve made a 16 x 16” pillow; your fabric requirements will increase with a larger pillow.

Use a ⅜” seam allowance.

You Will Need:

  • Fabric
    • 16,5 inches x 16,5 inches (1 piece) main fabric for the front
    • 16,5 inches x 11,8 inches (2 pieces) main fabric for the back
    • 16,5 inches x 10,6 inches (2 pieces) contrast or other different fabric for the pocket
    • 12,2 inches x 4 inches (1 pieces) main fabric for the handle
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing scissors
  • Thread

Step 1:

Reading pillow tutorial step

Create a handle by folding it in a half, wrong side together. Press, and fold the sides again to the created crease. Press again, and finally fold one last time. Pin in place and stitch along the edge.

Step 2:

Reading pillow tutorial step

Place two pieces of the pocket right sides together. Stitch along the upper edge. Turn inside out and press.

Step 3:

Reading pillow tutorial step

At the top of the two back pieces, fold the fabric down to the seam allowance measurement, press, and fold again. Now stitch on top of the fold, close to the edge.

Step 4:

Reading pillow tutorial step

Start assembling the front of the pillow by placing the main piece right side up with a pocket piece on top of it. Also place the handle piece in the centre of the top part, aligning the ends with the edge.

Step 5:

Reading pillow tutorial step

Now, put the top part of the back piece on top of the front one (with the pocket and handle on it), right sides together. Then place the bottom piece on top of it to create an envelope opening. Pin everything in place. Stitch all the way around the square.

Step 6:

Finished project in use

Finish the seams with a zig-zag stitch or serge, to prevent from fraying. Turn the cover inside out and press. Now put your pillow form in, add a book to the pocket, and find somehwere quiet to enjoy your reading time!

Keen to try more of our sewing projects? You’ll find plenty of sewing ideas and inspiration right here!

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