14 Creative DIY Reading Pillow Ideas for You and Your Kid

Last updated on October 2, 2023

Reading pillows or book pillows, whatever you call them, are great for, wait for it, reading! So here are a bunch of easy DIY reading pillow ideas to make them.

When it comes to making reading pillows, we have a few distinct categories that they can fall under. These are based on how the pillows are sewn and how exactly they help you (or your kids) with reading. Here they are:

  • A pillow with a pocket for a book that works as a holder for reading.
  • A back pillow that helps you sit through a reading session. It can even have armrests.
  • Children’s pillow with colorful images and patterns that keep them engaged.

You might have a few more features with your pillows, such as a carry handle or side pockets to hold accessories. It makes a fun and rewarding project.

So here are our favorite ideas.

How to Make a Reading Pillow

Make a pillow with a pocket for books and a small side pocket for pens and other accessories. See the link to One Thimble to find the entire details and instructions.

How To: Make a Reading Pillow
Tutorial #2: astitchahalf.net

This Reading Pillow has a pocket in front to keep a book in. Also, it has a handle to carry it around. Use a soft fleece fabric for the back which makes this a comfy and fun pillow. Read this website to see the complete plans.

DIY Reading Pillow Free Sewing Pattern
Tutorial #3: sewhappygeek.co.uk

Get this sewing pattern for a reading pillow with armrests. Read the Sew Happy Geek tutorial to learn how to do it.

DIY Reading Pillow Cover

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make a pillow cover with a pocket on the front, perfect for books. The envelope opening on the back makes this cover easy to sew. Check out Sassy Cassy Sews blog to see how it’s done.

DIY Book Pillow
Tutorial #5: www.youtube.com

This is our pick for the best idea and tutorial on our list. It’s a unique and creative idea that’s well-executed. It’s a book pillow that works as a book stand for reading. Watch the video to see the complete plans and instructions.

Sewing Tutorial : Back Pillow for Reading or TV Watching
Tutorial #6: diyjoy.com

For those of you who spend way too much time watching TV or reading, here’s a back pillow to help you through. Follow the tutorial to get the entire guidance and instructions.

How to Make a Reading Pillow with Melissa Mortenson
Tutorial #7: www.youtube.com

Make your reading corner extra cozy with this reading pillow. This pillow features a pocket on the front to hold your favorite book, and other reading necessities. Watch the video to find out how it’s done.

DIY Kids Reading Pillow

This is a cute idea for your kids. See the tutorial on Kreative Kiwi Embroidery to get the sewing pattern and instructions.

DIY Kids Reading Pillow
Tutorial #9: lifesewsavory.com

Enjoy winter days snuggled with a good book and this fun kids reading pillow. Enjoy reading and make your own reading pillow with this simple sewing tutorial. Read the article on Life Sew Savory to see how to do it.

How to Make a Reading Pillow
Tutorial #10: happiestcamper.com

An easy to follow step by step tutorial with pictures on how to make a reading pillow. Follow the article on Happiest Camper to get complete guidance and instructions.

How To Make a Reading Pillow Tutorial
Tutorial #11: www.youtube.com

In this video, Jenni takes us step-by-step through making this adorable reading pillow with an envelope style back opening. Watch the video to find out how it’s done.

Book-Reading Pillow
Tutorial #12: www.youtube.com

Easy beginners sewing project for a pillow pocket to store a book on the front. Very detailed instructions. Check out the tutorial to find out how to do it.

How To Sew A Pocket "Book" pillow with lined pocket
Tutorial #13: www.youtube.com

Instructions for how to sew a pocket pillow, reading pillow, or book pillow for machine embroidery. Watch the video to see the full instructions.

DIY Reading Pillow
Tutorial #14: www.youtube.com

Pillows like this help your children fall in love with reading. Follow the article to get the full plans.


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