Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A reading pillow for Halloween


I’ve wanted to make a reading pillow for quite some time. It’s probably silly and nostalgic, considering my children are both in their 20s! No matter how old they get, I still remember fondly the hours we spent reading together . . . on the couch, on the floor, in the backyard, in a fort, at bedtime, after school . . . anywhere and everywhere. My sweetest memories are when Haley was a toddler sitting on my lap, with Luke snuggled next to us, reading aloud from his favorite book.

Well, I decided there was no reason I couldn't sew up a darling reading pillow and save it for a gift. (Yes, the pull to make one was that strong!) Since autumn is just around the corner, I decided to make a sweetly spooky Halloween reading pillow.


After snooping on the internet, I came across a free tutorial by Tiffany Horn of Village Bound Quilts. Her “Easy Reading Pillow” tutorial is fabulous. Tiffany’s instructions are detailed, easy to follow and accompanied by terrific step-by-step photographs. The finished pillow is a generous size (20” square) and features a carrying handle. I was able to create my pillow in just a couple of hours. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us, Tiffany!


I bet you are wondering where I found that festive focal fabric. It’s called “Ghostly Glow Town" by Shelly Comiskey for Henry Glass Fabrics, and it is available from my wonderful sponsor, Quilt Girls! Those skeletons and mummies are just a hoot, and they glow in the dark!




The black polka dot and plaid prints are from my stash. They coordinate so nicely with the Halloween print. The tutorial calls for just two fabrics (one yard of each). I deviated from Tiffany’s instructions just a bit and added a 2 1/2" band of plaid. I love polka dots and I love plaid, so naturally I had to use them both!  


Is there a child in your life who would love a brand new book tucked into a plump, squishy reading pillow? Maybe you are already thinking ahead to making Christmas gifts! Zip over to Quilt Girls and check out their terrific selection of juvenile prints: cats, dogs, horses, teddy bears, dinosaurs, cars, tractors, Dr. Seuss, Disney, holidays, superheroes . . .  the reading pillow possibilities are endless with the great selection at Quilt Girls!



I look forward to being a grandma someday. I will spoil my little ones with reading pillow covers and books for every season and holiday. They’ll probably tell stories about me long after I’m gone ~ the crazy reading pillow grandma. But hey, that’s okay. They will make memories to treasure for years to come!

Thanks for stopping by, quilting friends!

~Taunja



8 comments:

  1. I have to make one of these for my niece! It’s her birthday in a few weeks. Like you I have wonderful memories of reading to my children and being read to as a child.

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    1. It's a really fun project ~ great tutorial! I'll be watching IG to see what you come up with!

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  2. Taunja, I think I want to make a reading pillow too.
    I have 4 grand girlies ::::so proud:::: and they each need one of these.
    I love the fabrics.

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    1. Well yes, I quite agree. You need to whip up four of these for your grand girlies! :)

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  3. Super cute..i'm making one for my grandson who will be 3 in October. In addition, be a big brother next spring. Thanks for the lovely idea!

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    1. Thanks Monica! Your grandson will love it, I'm sure! And another grand on the way . . . congratulations. That's exciting!!

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  4. Cute, cute, cute! I have some "grand nieces and grand nephews" now that I could make one of these for them. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. I love your pillow. These would make great gifts for Christmas for my grand children, or for anyone really. I just may whip out a few of these. Thanks.

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