Pair a great reading session with a plush study buddy and sew up a DIY Bookworm Pillow for your bed! This cute plush character is full of soft stuffing and includes a pocket for your book light!
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Last year I shared interest in wanting to do more sewing and embroidery in the new year, so I was happy when Fairfield World reached out to work together. You might associate them with plush fillers and batting found in the fabric products aisle of your favorite craft stores, but I was happy to learn that they have a rich history of a third generation, family owned business creating products for over 80 years! They sent me a nice fluffy bag of Poly-Fil premium polyester fiber fill and I immediately started brainstorming how to put it to use! 32 ounces is A LOT of fluff!
When giving this fluffy bag a squeeze, I knew I had to make a pillow! My youngest is a big reader, but also often misplaces her book light, so I thought a pillow with a pocket was the answer to this crafty dream! What better pairing for a reading buddy than a bookworm character to adorn this plush pillow?!
DIY Bookworm Pillow Supplies
- Poly-Fil® Premium Fiber Fill
- Bookworm Pillow Template
- Felt or Fabric – red, pink, brown, green, white, blue
- Embroidery Thread and Needle in same colors as above
- Optional: buttons
I wanted to design an apple shaped pillow, but didn’t want to have the restriction of a 8.5×11 page for it’s size. To create your true-to-size template, which an almost 12×11.5 inch pillow, print all 6 sheets of my free template, cut out the shapes and tape the 4 apple shapes together to create the base for this pillow.
Place each template on it’s coordinating fabric or felt color, trace and cut to shape. TIP: You’ll need to cut 2 apple shapes to create the pillow base. If you’re choosing a pattern fabric and not a solid, make sure you cut out one on the front side of the fabric and one on the back side. You’ll sew them back to back to make the pillow, with the pattern sides out.
Use straight pins to keep all the pieces together on the front pillow design as you sew them in place. I’m a hand sewer, but you could also do this with a sewing machine!
Sew any buttons or top layers, like the pocket, black smile and eye glasses last.
Oh a whim I decided to embroider some extra designs on the stem and leaf before stuffing with Poly-Fil to give it a little shape! I REALLY want to do more embroidery this year!
Place each of the apple bases together with the wrong sides facing out and pin to secure. Sew together, leaving a 3 inch opening.
Turn right side out and stuff with Poly-Fil. I like to grab little handfuls of this fluffy filling and stuff in into the edges of the shape to fill it out. Fill to your desired squishiness. Sew the stem and leaf on top to complete.
My daughter now has a new bookworm pillow for her bed and a safe place to keep her book light every night.
I still have lots more Poly-Fil from this big bag, so leave a comment if you have any ideas on what I should make next!