How to Make a Travel Neck Pillow with Pattern

If you have ever traveled and slept you have probably woken up with a creak in your neck, or maybe a stiff or sore neck. If you are a parent, like me, then you have kids that complain of the same thing when they fall asleep in the car on the way back from the grandparent’s house. Well, this easy sewing tutorial will help! We show you How to Make a Travel Neck Pillow with Pattern! This will be great for traveling and you can make it premium for less than you could buy in store.

How To Make A Travel Neck Pillow With Free Pattern

This travel neck pillow is great for people of all ages and can be customized with different types of patterns, colors, or even types of fabric! It would make a great gift idea for your friends and family that spend a lot of time traveling. I love mine for flying, especially! Follow the simple steps below to make your new favorite travel accessory!

What You’ll Need:

Adult Travel Neck Pillow Supplies

How To Make A Travel Neck Pillow With Pattern

pattern for travel neck pillow

Make sure you have washed, dried, and ironed the fabric you have chosen for your travel neck pillow. This will help prep the fabric for your project as well as future washing, as it pre-shrinks the fabric so you don’t mess up your stitches later. And since you’ll be using this when you travel, you’ll definitely want to wash it :). You’ll want to start by printing your template for easy cutting. Once you’ve cut the out, just tape them together as shown (A attaches to B as the arrows indicate in the photo.)

cut out fabric for travel neck pillow

Now, with right sides together, fold your fabric in half. Place your travel neck pillow pattern as indicated on the fold line. Pin it in place, and cut out the pieces for your travel neck pillow. Repeat for the other side so that you now have a front and back piece for your pillow. 

clip sides of travel neck pillow together

After you have your fabric pieces cut out, place your travel neck pillow pieces with the right sides together. Find the middle point so you can attach the loop. Now take your ribbon and fold it in half. Place the open end of the ribbon between your pillow pieces in the center and pin into place. Pin or clip your pillow pieces together like you see above.

sew

Next on this how to sew a travel neck pillow with free pattern sewing tutorial, it’s time to sew! Using a ½” seam allowance, sew around the pillow. Make sure you leave about a 4” opening on one side to stuff the pillow. Just go slow as you move around the curves and you’ll be fine.

cut notches in pillow

Now, clip notches around the curved middle “smile” and the curved bottoms of the travel neck pillow. This will help the fabric to turn easier and will help get the edges filled out when you stuff it later.

Turn pillow right side out

Then, turn the pillow right side out. You may need to use a pencil to smooth out the seams. We are about halfway through showing you how to sew a travel neck pillow!

Press pillow with a warm iron

Next, using a warm iron, press the pillow. This will give you crisp edges for stuffing.

Stuff the travel neck pillow

Now, stuff the travel neck pillow with your fiberfill. We found this filled worked best for the firmness we were after, as well as being hypoallergenic and sturdy enough to stand up to multiple washes.

Using a blind stitch, close the opening

Finally, using a blind stitch, close the opening used to stuff your travel neck pillow. This will give it a nice, seamless look. If you aren’t familiar with this stitch, we have a free tutorial here. It makes it easy to make a your stitches disappear and once you learn it, you can use it for all kinds of sewing projects.

travel neck pillow finished

Now, sit back and enjoy your new travel neck pillow! Now you have a super cute way to relax in style while you are on the go! This easy-sew travel neck pillow tutorial makes it easy to make these fun pillows for friends and family or make a few to keep for your family.

How To Make A Travel Neck Pillow With Free Pattern

If you liked this how to make a travel neck pillow sewing tutorial, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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How to Make a Travel Neck Pillow

Travel Neck Pillow Create Card

If you have done any traveling at all you know that having a travel pillow is a must! Whether traveling by plane, train, or car this Travel Neck Pillow with pattern tutorial is going to make your next trip so much more comfortable! Make one for each of the kids as well so they can nap in style and comfort.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10.00

Tools

Instructions

    1. Print your template, cut out the pieces, and tape them together (A attaches to B as the arrows indicate in the photo.)
    2. With right sides together, fold your fabric in half.
    3. Place your pattern as indicated on the fold line, pin in place, and cut.
    4. Repeat to make other side.
    5. Place your pillow pieces right sides together.
    6. Find the middle point.
    7. Now take your ribbon and fold it in half.
    8. Place the open end of the ribbon between your pillow pieces in the center and pin it into place.
    9. Pin or clip your pillow pieces together.
    10. Using a ½” seam allowance, sew around the pillow, leaving a 4” opening on one side to stuff the pillow.
    11. Clip notches around the curved middle “smile” and the curved bottoms.
    12. Turn the pillow right side out.
    13. Using a warm iron, press the pillow.
    14. Stuff the pillow with your fiberfill.
    15. Using a blind stitch, close the opening used to stuff your pillow.
    16. Enjoy your Travel Neck Pillow!

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