Howdy again guys. So, in my COPIOUS amount of free time I have while trying to plan a wedding, I like to craft other things besides wedding things. I’ve always got ideas that pop into my head of things to make, and happily, most of them never become a reality. However, I had an idea to make a book pillow one day, and the idea stuck. I decided to of course make a LOTR pillow, and thus, my Hobbit Book Pillow was born.
It’s about9 inches across, 11 tall, and 3 wide, made of cotton fabric and stuffed with foam and batting.
I designed it in Photoshop, using the original Hobbit cover. I had to go over the image I found though and digitally recreate it, because many of the covers look hand colored and while that’s nice, it didn’t scan too well, whenever someone scanned it in. I downloaded a font for the runes along the book’s edge and recreated it, rune for rune as best as I could.
The language is in Moon Runes and actually says something! With the font I used, each English letter is a Moon Rune, so while it looks like gibberish, if you highlight the Runes after you type them out and change the font back to English, you can read it. Once I figured this out, it became easy to type out the Runes, but I am dumb and this took me like 30 minutes to figure out. I’m sure a simple google search would have told me exactly what I wanted to know. It says something like “The Hobbit, written by Bilbo Baggins of the Shire, transcript from J R R Tolkien” or something like that, I forget. But it’s cool that it actually says something!
The fabric is cotton and after I designed it in Photoshop, I uploaded it to Spoonflower and printed it. Spoonflower is great, I use it for all sorts of things. I’m also designing little handkerchiefs for our wedding to go into the programs. I plan to print a few yards of my designs and cut them out with pinking sheers, as tissues for guests! Not that I think people will cry, I just like the idea. Anyway, Spoonflower is great.
My favorite part is that the book opens!
I have the first page of The Hobbit printed and on the inside cover, I printed Thorin’s map as well, which is sewn in. The cover is the only thing that opens though, and you can only read the first page. The pillow part is made up of the ‘pages’, and is soft and squishy, but also keeps it’s shape and the book can stand up on it’s own.
I originally wanted some pin stripe fabric for the book page edges, but I couldn’t find any I liked. But, I did find this old worn text fabric that was in straight lines, and I think it worked out well.
Truth be told, almost all of it is hand sewn, I only used a machine to sew the green cover and inside cover together and to sew the map in. Everything else I used a slip stitch. It was a bit time consuming, but as I had made a practice one before, it took me about 3 hours, and I’m confident that on my next one, it’ll take me about 2. I’ve already designed the 1st and 6th Harry Potter book, and The Fellowship of the Ring! The fabric is on it’s way now! Those will be thicker than this one, probably about 2 inches thick for the pages, as oppose to 1 1/2 of The Hobbit. The cover has batting in it to make it puffy too. .
Good news, it’s for sale! I designed it in mind for a decoration in someone’s home, like on a chair or in their book nook, but I’m thinking it would make a great gift for a child just learning to read, or just anyone who wants to hug their favorite book. If you attach ribbons on it, it would also make a great ring bearer pillow for a literary themed wedding, yeah? I have it listed in my Etsy shop.
So, that’s my little Hobbit Book Pillow. Up next, a few Harry Potters and the first LOTR, yay! Thanks for reading guys!