How to make a book pillow

I always want to look for a new reason to sew, and my kids have inspired this. My nephew had some downtime, and during that time, they often read. Most of the time, they prefer to lie down with a pillow and a good book on their floor or in bed. As soon as I saw that, I thought, why not put the two together. So I created this post on how to make a reading pillow. Let’s find out together now.

Supplies for reading pillows

  • Fabric: You should use flannel because they are very comfortable. Choosing a material is a crucial step for you to create the best reading pillow.
  • Subject, the pattern you like: You can make any pattern, shape you want.
  • Ribbon – 3/4 grosgrain
  • 18 18 square pillow model
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine, cutter, clip and mat
  • Also, you need to prepare an iron.

How to make a pocket pillow

Wash, dry, and lint the fabric. I chose flannel fabric, and you can also use it because they are very comfortable. It is very soft and soft, plus it is sold all the time. Choose two combination fabrics for the bag/back and then the inside of the bag. If you decide to use cotton or other material, it may be necessary to bulk up to packs with some interfaces. The flannel is already thick enough to not need this step. Going back to the reading pillow project, I found that the end result had fewer errors when I prepared my fabrics in advance by washing, drying, and pressing. Remember that you can always customize the structure to your child’s liking. Now come the cutting and sewing of reading pillows.

Measure and cut your fabric. When cutting your fabric, make sure the printout/pattern is facing the way you want it on the finished pillow. I did not add any material in my measurements for seam allowances. I made my pillow into a completed 18 18 square. This will make the pillow softer, instead of having a more wiggle room inside.


  1. Washing, drying, and pressing fabric.
  2. Measure and cut your fabric. You will need:
  3. Cloth bag and back: Three 13 13 x x 18 rectangles (I’ll call these A’s) and A 4 4 x x 12 rectangle (for handles – piece C)
  4. Cloth front (below the pocket): A square 18 18 x x 18 (This will be piece B)
  5. At the top of two of the pieces A, fold the fabric down 1/2 and push it all the way down (this is the top 13 vertices). Fold-down 1/2 again and press. On the third piece A, follow the same procedure of folding/pressing twice – but this time at the bottom of the pattern/print. This will eventually be the top sheet of the back envelope.
  6. Use the seam allowance 1/2, the top stitch on all 3 folding lines you have just created. The stitches must be close to the edge of the border.
  7. Measure and cut a piece of ribbon 19 19. Place the fabric along the edge of piece A (choose a strip with the top border), leaving để the fabric hanging on each end. I decided to cover my seam but left about 1/4 The cloth towel displayed above the ribbon. Pin the ribbon into place.
  8. Stitch near each side of the fabric so that it attaches to piece A. (think fortunately like a train track!)
  9. If you want to add a handle, follow the instructions now.
  10. Fold piece C into half lengthwise and press to create folds. Unopened fabric.
  11. Fold one side of piece C to meet the crease you created. Press.
  12. Repeat for the opposite side.
  13. Fold piece C in half, along the original fold. Press.
  14. Stitch the edges of each side of piece C together.
  15. Put the Handle cloth aside – you’ll clip it in the pillow for a minute!
  16. Arrange piece B, right side up. Place your piece A (with the stitched ribbon) on top of piece B, then you line it along the bottom and sides of piece B. Pin it into place.
  17. Stitch the top around the edges and the bottom of piece A to attach it to piece B. It should be opened at the top – you just made a bag!
  18. Create a C-shape into a U-shape and place it at the top of piece B – the ends of piece C should be hung on the top of the top edge of piece B. I leave the top 4 4 apart.
  19. Take part A with the stitched on the bottom. Place it on top of the newly sewn piece B (pocket piece), right side together (piece A will face down). This is a piece of C pie.
  20. Place another piece A (top border) face down on top of piece B and piece A. Pin all the lines around the square, making sure to add one pin on each side of the C-shape.
  21. Using seam allowance 1/2, stitch all the lines around the square. Backstitch when starting and stopping your sewing, as well as on the edges of the bag and the handle strip (piece C).
  22. Cut corners to allow for easier turns and smaller quantities.
  23. Reach the lower part of the envelope and pull out the right side. Repeat for the top envelope piece as well.
  24. Insert your pillow pattern into the pillowcase, bottom first. You will need to wiggle it and push the corners into the corners of the pillowcase. The handle should be at the top.
  25. Enjoy your reading pillow.

In conclusion

If you like how to read a pillow guide, make sure to pin it to your favorite board or share it with your friends on social media. That will help many of you know how to make a significant and straightforward reading pillow to your liking. Hopefully, with the information I share with you above will help you can make your own for the best reading pillow.

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