Reading Pillow

Reading Pillow

What You'll Need:

4 Fat Quarters
1 inch Grosgrain Ribbon (2 yards)
Fusible Interfacing
1 Package of Piping
Pinking Shears
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutter
Rotary Ruler
Cricut® EasyPress or Iron
Startch (Optional)

Courtesy of our Fabric Blogger, Angel B.
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Approximate Time: 2 Hours

How to Make a Reading Pillow

Create a comfy Reading Pillow complete with a pocket for books, toys and more! Choose your favorite fabric and sew it together to create the perfect companion for home or travel.
  • 1 Iron the fabric

    Iron the fat quarters. Set aside one fat quarter in case of a measuring or cutting mistake.

  • 2 Cut the first fat quarter

    Cut one of the fat quarters to 18 x 18 inches. This will be for the front of the pillow.


  • 3 Cut a flap

    Use the remaining fabric from the first fat quarter to create a flap for the back of the pillow. Cut it to a 2 1/2 x 18 inch piece.

  • 4 Cut the pocket

    Cut one of the fat quarters for the pocket into 2 pieces that are 18 x 10 inches each. If you would like to make a larger pocket, use two fat quarters.

  • 5 Cut the back panels

    Cut the last fat quarter into two pieces that measure 18 x 9 inches each. These pieces are for the back panels.

    Tip: If you are using a directional print, be sure to cut the fabric with the print facing the right direction.

  • 6 Cut the interfacing

    Cut two pieces of your preferred interfacing. Cut an 18 x 18 inch piece. Cut a 10 x 18 inch piece.

  • 7 Cut the ribbon

    Cut the ribbon into three pieces. Cut two 10 inch pieces. Cut one 12 inch piece.

  • 8 Iron the interfacing

    Iron the interfacing to the back of the front piece and to the back of one pocket.

  • 9 Attach the saying

    Using the letters, iron on your preferred saying to the front of one of the pocket pieces. Check to make sure the letters adhere as the vinyl may take time to settle.

  • 10 Attach the piping

    Attach the piping to the top of the front piece, matching the raw edges. Sew as close to the piping as possible.

    Tip: If you do not have a piping foot for your sewing machine, you can use a zipper foot and load the piping roll along the side. Make sure to have the needle in the middle position.

  • 11 Create the pocket

    Place the 10 x 18 inch pocket lining piece right sides together with the pocket in the front front and stitch. Stitch along the top seam on the same stitching line that was just created when the piping was sewed.

  • 12 Open & press

    Open up the two pieces and press.

  • 13 Pin the pocket & baste

    Pin the pocket piece to the front of the pillow and baste.

  • 14 Pin & sew the ribbon

    Pin the 12 inch ribbon to the top of the pillow with the raw edges matching and sew it down.

  • 15 Pin & sew the piping

    Pin the piping around the front of the pillow front with the raw edges matching. Sew in place using the piping foot or the zipper foot. Set aside.

  • 16 Sew the ribbon to the back

    Take one of the 10 inch ribbons and sew it to the center of one of the pillow back pieces on the 18 inch side. Take the scrap piece from the pillow front and sew to the same edge of the fabric, right sides together.

  • 17 Turn under & hem

    Turn under 1/4 inch and hem.

  • 18 Sew last piece & attach ribbon

    Take the second 18 x 9 inch piece and turn under the hem 1/4 inch and sew in place. Sew the last piece of ribbon to the center of the hemmed edge. Double stitch the ribbon for additional strength.

  • 19 Create the pillow

    Pin the pillow backs to the pillow front, right sides together. The piece with the strip from the front should go on the top.

    Using your piping or zipper foot, stitch all the way around on the piping seam, sewing the pillow back to the front.

    Tip: It may be easier to sew one of the back sides on and then sew on the other.

  • 20 Finish the pillow

    Clip the edges with pinking shears and turn the pillow right side out. Finger press all of the corners. Insert the pillow form.

  • 21 Add the goodies

    Add books, toys, a phone and more to the pocket for storage!