Quick and Easy Travel Neck Pillow

Yesterday, a co-worker heard me talking about one of my recent sewing projects. She popped her head around my cube and handed me a thick sprialed book called Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins. We all oohed and ahhed over the bright color photographs of over 100 sewing projects that could be made with under an yard of fabric. It also provided some interesting facts about different type of fabric like coton, knit, fleece and wool.

I couldn't wait until the weekend when I'd be able to stop by my local fabric store and try my hand at at least one of the projects I had bookmarked in the book. 

My husband are preparing to take off for the holiday weekend on Wednesday and we have a 10 hour car ride ahead of us. This made the travel neck pillow HIGH on my project to do list! We also are planning a trip to Europe next year and had been thinking about purchasing something similar for the long plane flight. Thinking of planes made me think of my sister and her boyfriends trip to Hawaii early next year. I decided: Neck Pillows for stocking stuffers for ALL!

Saturday afternoon, I set out to make 4 of these super simple neck. I converted my dining room table into my sewing center and got to work. 

One of the great things about this book, was that it included patterns! After folding my fleece in half with the right sides facing each other. I cut out the pattern for the neck pillow and traced it on to the wrong side of the fabric.

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I pinned the two layers of fabric together in a couple of spots inside the traced image and began to cut the horseshoe shape out of my fleece.

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From the scraps of fleece cut a 3" long by 1.5" wide strip of fabric, which will become a loop on top of the pillow. This makes it easy to clip onto luggage if traveling in an airport.

Once I was done cutting the shape out, I used a basic straight stich with a half inch seam allownce and sewed around the shape, leaving a 3 inch section unsewn at the top of the form.

Simply flip the shape inside out so that the right side of the fabric is revealed! Now for the FUN part! Pull handfuls of the polyfill and stuff the shape until it is at the desired stiffness. I generally like a harder pillow than my husband so I filled my pillow with more stuffing than I did his. 

The next step was the most difficult for me, because I'm not very good at doing a blind stich, but necessary to finish the pillow. Using a blind stich you close the top of the pillow, making sure to take the small strip you cut earlier, fold it in half so the right side is facing out and slip it into the opening and incorporate it into your blind stich as you close the form. Once you have completed the last blind stich and knotted it off YOU'RE DONE! Now you have your very own travel neck pillow handmade by YOU!

Here are the four pillows I completed in one afternoon:

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Rocky wanted to model the proper way to wear the travel neck pillow.

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