I have had a lot of fun sewing my Read to Me Pillows. I love children’s books and it was one of the highlights of my career as a teacher to share books with boys and girls. My kindergarten teacher wrote on my report card, “She loves books.” I did and I still do.
I’ve been experimenting with fabric combinations and production techniques to make the one-of-a-kind Read to Me pillows more affordable. (I like promoting good books by using licensed fabrics from the likes of Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, and Ian Falconer, but they are more expensive and less likely to be found on sale.)
Here are some of the newest pillows with a few changes I have made.
I have begun making some Read to Me pillows based upon the one and only Dr. Seuss. He really “got” the young child’s love of language, rhyme, and pure silliness. I have started mixing licensed fabric with other fun fabrics. It’s actually been fun scouring the aisles of JoAnn Fabrics looking for “Seuss-like” fabric. My thinking process goes something like this: “bright colors…fun shapes…glittery…swirly…” and eventually whatever strikes my fancy and what I think a child might like.
I’ve also enjoyed adding extra pockets, because little ones love pockets. These too, take extra time. I have eliminated them in my latest designs and stuck with the one, generous book pocket. After all, that is the most important one.
I want to provide a quality product that is durable. Each pillow still has the extra stitching and quilting.
The pillows must be washable, so I prefer to sew a zipper into the back, instead of an envelop pillow flap.
There will always be glitter! Glitter is just so much fun. This pillow has swirls of glitter on the lollipops and in the star background. Of course, the pillows will have "READ" in big glittery letters. I also found the the purple glitter shows up much better of this fabric than the silver. What can I say--I am always learning! (This photo doesn't do all of the glitter justice.) Please note, the iron-on glitter used, doesn't shed.)
I want to bring you quality products with a good value.
I am selling these Read to Me Pillows on Etsy in OurWelcomingHome shop. (Click on: OurWelcomingHome, and you will be taken directly to the link.) Currently the shop inventory is low, as these pillows have all sold. I am busy designing again and I do take requests. I have enjoyed personalizing pillows to the interest of individual children. The Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Flag pillow, Planets in Our Solar System, Nutcracker pillow, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pillow were all personal requests. Most of the pillow covers are $35.00. Please email or send me a request in the comments section and custom orders can be discussed.
More "Read to Me" Pillows
One of the many joys this project has given me, is hearing about the reaction of children who have received one of my pillows. It seems the zipper in the back is of huge interest and some little ones are choosing to open the zipper and put books in the back, too! My great niece likes to put her toys to sleep on her Olivia pillow. One set of grandparents is encouraging their grandchildren to use them when going back and forth to grandparents' homes and packing a favorite books to share. I am hoping these bring smiles, giggles, and so many good times with sharing a book!
Coming Soon: Photos of Green Eggs and Ham! Read to Me Pillows