How To Make A Book Pillow?

A book pillow, also known as a reading pillow or a book cushion, is a handy accessory for avid readers. It is designed to hold a book or an e-reader at a comfortable angle, reducing hand fatigue and making reading more enjoyable. To create a book pillow, you’ll need materials like fabric, stuffing, sewing supplies, and potentially a pattern. In short, you cut the fabric according to the desired size and shape, sew it together leaving a gap for stuffing, fill it with a stuffing material, and then sew the gap closed.

Selecting Your Materials

Before diving into the crafting process, it is vital to choose your materials carefully.

Fabric Selection

For the outer shell of the pillow, select a durable fabric that can withstand frequent use. Cotton, canvas, or upholstery fabric works well for its durability and ease in cleaning. If the pillow is for a child, you could opt for a more plush material like fleece for extra softness.

Pillow Stuffing Choices

Regarding stuffing, consider using polyester fiberfill, which is commonly found in craft stores and offers a balance of softness and support. Alternatively, for an eco-friendly option, you could use recycled textiles or even old clothing cut into small pieces.

Sewing Supplies

Ensure you have all the basic sewing supplies: a good pair of scissors, sewing pins, a needle, thread (preferably in a color that matches or complements your fabric), and a sewing machine if you have access to one.

Planning and Cutting the Fabric

A book pillow can be as simple or complex as you like, depending on your sewing skills and the features you want to include.

Creating or Choosing a Pattern

You can either create your own pattern or find one online. A basic book pillow pattern resembles a triangle with a base, allowing the book to rest comfortably while you read. You will need two triangular pieces for the main body and a rectangular base.

Take measurements depending on how large you want the pillow to be, keeping in mind the size of the books or devices you wish to use with it. A standard size might be about 12 inches tall by 9 inches wide, but you can adjust the dimensions according to your preference.

Cutting the Fabric

Draw the pattern pieces onto your fabric using a fabric marker or chalk. Make sure to add an extra inch around the edges for seam allowance. Cut the pieces out carefully, ensuring that the edges are straight and clean.

Assembling the Pillow

Once you have cut out all the pieces, you can start sewing them together.

Sewing the Sides

Align the right sides (the sides of the fabric you want to show) of your triangular pieces together, pin them to secure, and sew along the two long edges, leaving the bottom edge open. Depending on the thickness of your fabric, you may use a sewing machine or hand-stitch the sides together with a backstitch for durability.

Attaching the Base

After sewing the sides together, turn the pillow right side out. Pin the rectangular base to the bottom of the triangular sides, with right sides facing each other. Sew along this edge too, but remember to leave a gap of a few inches unsewn; this is where you’ll insert the stuffing.

Adding the Finishing Touches

It’s time to stuff your pillow and close it up.

Stuffing the Pillow

Turn your pillow cover right side out through the gap you left. Start filling the pillow with your chosen stuffing. You might want to use a stick or the end of a spoon to push the stuffing into the corners and ensure it’s evenly distributed.

Sewing the Pillow Closed

Once sufficiently stuffed to your liking (firm but not overstuffed), neatly fold the raw edges of the opening inside and pin them together. Sew the opening closed by hand with an invisible stitch or slip stitch.

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Extra Features (Optional)

If you want to get creative, there are a few additional features you could add to your book pillow:

– Pockets: Great for holding bookmarks, reading glasses, or other small items.
– Handles: For easy transport of the pillow from room to room.
– Adjustable angles: Using Velcro strips, you can make the angle of the pillow adjustable.
– Decorations: Embroidery, appliqué work, or decorative trim can personalize the pillow.

Care and Maintenance of Your Book Pillow

To keep your book pillow clean and in good shape, use a fabric that is machine washable. If your sewing skills allow, you can also make a removable cover that can be thrown in the wash while protecting the inner stuffed pillow.

Washing Instructions

Avoid using bleach or fabric softener as they can break down the materials and decrease the pillow’s life span. Wash on a gentle cycle with mild detergent and allow to air dry, or tumble dry on low if the fabric permits.

Finishing Thoughts

Creating a book pillow is a rewarding project that combines practicality with creativity. By following the outlined steps and incorporating personal touches, you can craft a unique product that enhances your reading experience. Whether you make a simple design for personal use or go all out with intricate patterns and embellishments for a gift, the process is as enjoyable as the result is comfortable. Remember to choose materials wisely, take your time with the sewing, and take care of your finished product. Enjoy the crafting journey, and relish the cozy reading sessions that await with your new book pillow!


  • Aiden Lawrence

    I'm Aiden Lawrence, a certified Sleep Science Coach and senior editor of GoodSleepHub, proud parent of two amazing kids, and a pet lover with a cat and a dog. Join me as we explore the world of sweet dreams and comfy pillows. Let's make bedtime the highlight of your day!

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