Earlier this year, I noticed this trend in one of my Facebook groups. People were making these reading pillows and they are just adorable!

Easy Christmas Gifts

I decided these pillows would make for some easy Christmas gifts for the kids. I headed to Hobby Lobby to find fabric to use, and I found some really cute stuff. But that’s no surprise is it? Hobby Lobby has nice fabric for quilting type projects at very reasonable prices. I don’t really make it in there as often as I should, but I need to make an effort. I mean, look at these pillows!

Aubrey’s Pillow

This pillow for my great niece, Aubrey, turned out beautifully. That saying came from designsbyjuju.com. If you’ve never checked out the site, I really think you should. This particular design comes from the Reading Word Art Set 2. 

Jasper and Jon’s Pillows

Jasper will be 10 soon, so I wanted something that didn’t say, “little boy.” I went with some hot rod fabric and a saying I thought was fairly appropriate. I hear Jasper loves to read, so I thought this was a great saying for him. It also came from designsbyjuju.com, from the Reading Word Art Set 1.

My brother said that Jon loves robots, so when I saw this fabric, I knew it was perfect.

Jon also loves to read, so I thought this designsbyjuju.com design was just the thing to jazz up that fabric. It comes from the Reading Word Art Set 3.

Designs By Juju

If you’re not familiar with Designs By Juju, this is a great time to get to know them. They have a fabulous sale going on right now. You can get full sets for as low as $1.25 each. Each of the sets I’ve mentioned here have eight designs, so that would be as low as $0.16 per design! When you take in to consideration that most sets offer several sizes, the cost is even lower.

The quality on Juju’s designs is also some of the best I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been embroidering for nearly 20 years. I’ve seen some pretty bad designs in the past, but these are truly top notch.

I’m not affiliated with designsbyjuju.com in any way; I’m just a very satisfied customer.

How to Make Reading Pillows

These were so easy to make. I just cut white Kona cotton in to 17″ x 13″ pieces and backed them with two layers of Floriani No Show Mesh. While I was doing the embroidery, I cut out one 16″ x 16″ square of the focus fabric, and two 13″ x 16″ rectangles. I then also cut out a coordinating fabric to make the pocket lining, in about a 16″ x 14″ rectangle.

Once the embroidery was completed, I trimmed down the piece to 16″ x 12″, and began sewing. I started by sewing the lining fabric to the embroidered piece at the top and bottom. I then layered that piece with the background fabric and basted the pocket along the sides and bottom of the pieces. Once that was done, I assembled the pillow covers and stuffed them with these inserts from Amazon.

Trust me, these pillows would not have been possible if I hadn’t purchased the inserts from Amazon. I am all for purchasing locally when possible, or at least supporting brick and mortar businesses when I can. But the cost of decorative pillow inserts borders on maniacal. Pillow forms from Joann Fabrics cost about twice what the ones from Amazon did!

Looking Forward

Looking forward, I am in the process of sandwiching a quilt to finish. It’s one I made probably 10 years or so ago, so I’m excited to get it done. And I have lots of projects in the works now. Hopefully, there will be a lot more finishes in the near future.

And hopefully, that will mean more posts here at TexasQuiltGirl, too!


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