Fancy Forest Pillows for a Reading Nook

I have a vision of a jewel tone rainbow forest for Evelyn’s bedroom and I’m slooowly working my way there. Evie sleeps in a nursery right now (which is a second closet in our bedroom and just big enough for a crib and a dresser) but she’ll need a bigger room eventually and it’s nice to have a playroom to contain messes because if she’s good at one thing, it’s pulling things out of bins and off of shelves.

The first bit of decorating that I’ve done is to make pillows for a reading nook. The thistle and owl quilting patterns for the big pillows are from Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Forest quilt pattern (which I am also sloooowly working on for the room). The hedgehog pillow is a panel print intended for a baby quilt that I snagged from my mom’s stash. I sewed the log pillows out of brown velour many years ago and they have been in our living room but I thought they were just too perfect for Evelyn’s room so I moved them. The sheepskin throw rug is actually a car seat cover that came with my car when I bought it many years ago. I cut off the back and all the hardware and it makes a nice little rug!

I just love this little corner and I want to curl up and read in it myself! I really hope that Evelyn ends up being a reader because throughout my childhood I never didn’t have my nose in a book and I’d love to share that with my daughter.

I used the thistle pattern almost as written. For the tall thistle, I added one extra leaf for a bit of variety.

I wanted the owl to be as large as I could fit on a 24″ x 26″ pillow, so I made it 1.5x larger than written. To figure out the right size piece measurements I removed the 1/4″ seam allowance from each side (so 1/2″ from each piece), multiplied the value by 1.5, and then added back on the 1/2″. If you’re interested in doing the same for yourself, the measurements are:
A = 3 1/2 x 3 1/2, B = 1 5/8 x 1 5/8, C = 1 1/4 x 5, D = 1 1/4 x 6 1/2, M = 6 1/2 x 6 1/2, N = 2 x 11, I = 2 x 2, J = 5 x 5, K = 3 1/2 x 3 1/2, L = 2 x 12 1/2, O = 2 x 11, F = 1 1/4 x 1 1/4, G = 1 1/4 x 3 1/2, H = 1 1/4 x 5, P = 2 x 11, Q = 2 x 11, E = 2 x 2, R = 3 1/2 x 12 1/2.

I used a matching backing for the pillows that I found at the thrift store that looked suspiciously like it was once a duvet cover. I made contrast piping out of other fabrics that will be making an appearance in the quilt and followed my own tutorial for sewing a piped pillow cover.

I didn’t have any invisible zippers long enough for the edge of the pillow so I used a standard zipper and added in an extra flap of fabric that covers the zipper.

Evie’s not such a fan of holding still these days so there haven’t yet been any book reading cuddles in the nook, but she does like climbing all over the big pillows so at least there’s that :)

And, lest you get the wrong impression about what my life actually looks like, I thought I’d share an outtake. You can see one of our cats photobombing my photo setup (the same cat that keeps trying to poop in Evie’s room) while Evelyn runs away down the hallway, dodging the basket of dirty laundry. Ha!

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