Sewing Tutorial: Monster Reading Cushion With Book Storage Pocket

This monster reading cushion is perfect for keeping a close eye (or two or maybe even three!) on your books!

I wanted to make a reading cushion and wanted a slightly different design, my eye then spotted the Cutest Little Monsters fat quarter set which I was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company and I knew I had to make a monster themed cushion!

What I love about this cushion is you can use the base cushion pattern and change the face details completely to get what ever monster you want just by adding a few more (or less) eyes, changing the hair or even the teeth. Even just changing the colours around will give a completely different looking monster.

Monster Reading Cushion Sewing Tutorial

Materials

  • Cutest Little Monsters fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company. 
  • Cushion pad 45x45cm.
  • Thread.
  • Needle. 
  • Pins.
  • Scissors.
  • Thread.
  • Ruler.
  • Felt – black and white.

Monster Reading Cushion Sewing Tutorial

  1. Making the fabric front;
    • Take a fat quarter and cut so it is 45x45cm.

  1. Making the book pocket;
    • Take a fat quarter and fold it in half, next place it on top of the front piece at a slight angle, then cut to size.  Next cut along the top edge.

  1. Making the teeth;
    • Take a fat quarter and cut out 3 pieces of fabric 10x12cm, fold in half so it measures 10x6cm (with right sides together) and sew down each side leaving the bottom edge unsewn.  Turn out the right way.

  1. Take the 2 book pocket pieces and place one down right side up, place the three teeth so the raw edge of the teeth goes along the top raw edge of the pocket.  Place the remaining pocket piece right side down on top and sew along the top edge to secure.  Turn out the right way. 

  1. Making the hair;
    • Use the same fabric used to make the book pocket and cut 3 pieces 5x12cm and 2 pieces 4x12cm.  Fold these pieces right sides together so they measure 5x6cm and 4x6cm and sew down each side leaving the bottom edge unsewn.  Turn out the right way.  

  1. Making the cushion back;
    • Take the remaining 2 fat quarters and cut so you have 2 pieces 45x54cm, fold in half so you have two pieces 45x27cm.  These are the two back pieces.  

  1. Take the front piece and place the book pocket on top, place the hair pieces along the top edge with the bottom raw edge against the raw edge of the front cushion piece.  Next place the two folded back pieces on top with them overlapping in the middle. Sew around the edge to secure and turn out the right way.

  1. Making the eyes;
    • Cut 2 circles 7cm in diameter from the white felt.  Then cut 2 4cm in diameter circles from the black felt.  Sew the black circle onto the white circle, then sew the eyes onto the front of the cushion. 

The pattern to make this is also available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog.

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