Is there any sight better than seeing little ones cuddled up with a good book? I love to see my kids reading, and one thing that helps to encourage reading is for them to have a cozy reading spot of their own! Abby from Sew Much Ado here and today I’m sharing a two-part DIY Reading Station project, including a wood crate bookshelf and a giant floor pillow!
Thanks to pre-finished wood crates and an amazing peel and stick wallpaper line from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, you’ll have a completely custom bookshelf that didn’t even require a paintbrush to make!
The floor pillow has a removable cover, because removable + kids is always a good thing, right?! I’ve been drooling over the Nate Berkus home décor fabric line, and can’t get enough of this geometric print!
First, we’ll make the bookshelf, and after that, you’ll learn to make the floor pillow.
Here we go!
Wood Crate Bookshelf Supplies:
• 3 white wash wood crates
• NuWallpaper Peel and Stick Wallpaper (I used Birch Tree)
• NuWallpaper applicator kit
• 2 22×28” poster boards
• e-6000 glue
• wood glue
• 36” long 1×4 lumber
• ¾” screws
• rotary cutter and mat
• clear tape
1. Stack the crates to determine the best order and use wood glue to glue and clamp the horizontal slats together.
2. Center the 36” long 1×4 on the back of the crates, with the top positioned approximately 1” down from the top of the top crate. From the inside of the crates, screw through the slats and into the 1×4, securing together (it helps to have a buddy help hold everything in place!).
3. Use sandpaper to smooth any roughness where screws entered slats. Clean the debris from sanding.
4. Use clear tape to attach the two poster boards together along short edges.
5. Tape the poster boards to a wall and follow manufacturer’s instructions to attach the wallpaper to the boards (at least 40” of wallpaper length). This step can also be done on the floor but gravity will help to reduce wrinkles and will make it easier to attach evenly. Work slowly, removing a small amount of the wallpaper backing at a time and use the smoother to remove any small wrinkles.
6. Square off top and one side of wallpaper using rotary cutter and mat. Measure the inside of each crate and cut three pieces of wallpaper to fit perfectly inside each crate back. Be sure to cut wallpaper in a direction to allow a continuous pattern when attached to crate backs.
7. Place bookshelf faces up on the floor. Use e-6000 glue (in a well-vented area) to attach wallpaper pieces to slats on each crate back. The smoother will help to attach corners and edges firmly. Let the glue dry completely.
Great job! Now that you’ve made a totally custom bookshelf, let’s move on to the floor pillow!
Floor Pillow Supplies:
• 27×27” pillow form
• 1yd 54” wide home décor fabric (I used a fabulous Nate Berkus print)
• 22” all-purpose zipper
• rotary cutter and mat
• seam ripper
• basic sewing supplies – thread, scissors, pins, etc.
*Seam allowance is ½” unless otherwise noted.*
1. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two pieces of fabric 28”x28” in size. Center zipper on one side (will be the bottom of the pillow), and mark top and bottom stops.
2. Starting and stopping ½” from each end, stitch with a normal stitch length until the first mark is reached, backstitching at the mark. Continue stitching with a basting stitch until opposite mark is reached. Switch stitch length back to regular, backstitch, and continue stitching until ½” from the end of the side.
3. Press seam open and finish seam allowances with the serger (do not trim any seam allowance while stitching) or zigzag stitch. With the right side down, center zipper over basted stitch line, placing top and bottom stops at marks. Pin in place.
4. From the right side of fabric, stitch ¼” from each side of basted stitch line, stitching across just outside of top and bottom stops. When stitching near zipper pull, place needle down, lift the presser foot and slide pull out of the way, and then continue stitching. Use a seam ripper to remove basting stitches and remove any loose threads.
5. Right sides together, place pillow front and back together, matching raw edges. Stitch together along three open sides (make sure the zipper is partially open first). Trim corners and finish seam allowances.
6. Turn cover right side out, slide pillow inside, zip it up, and that’s it!
There you have it, a cozy reading station that any kid would be thrilled to snuggle up to with a good book!