Next time you're headed on a big trip, why not travel in style with your own cozy, little, handmade neck pillow? A great project for beginners, it's a simple way to get neck support, hopefully some zzzzz's, and be a more comfortable, happier traveler.
Sew A Simple Travel Neck Pillow
By Emma Jeffery
- Extra-large mat provides ample space for all your fabric-cutting needs
- Self-healing mat provides a cutting surface that lasts longer than others
- Easy-to-read measuring grid on both sides means you can turn the mat over for double the usage
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines make creating triangle and star shapes easy
- Store flat away from sunlight, heat and cold
- Clean with warm water and mild soap
- Lifetime warranty
- Self Healing Cutting Mat: Large (24" x 36")
Extra-large mat give you plenty of room to work.
Cotton print fabric for pillow back
1" pattern paper
Sewing machine and thread
Needle and thread
Step 1: Draft your pattern. To make your own travel neck pillow, the first thing you want to do is draft your own pattern. Sketch a U-shape on to 1" wide pattern paper, using the grid lines for accuracy. The U-shape should be about 18" at its widest and 14" at its highest. Folding the pattern paper in half with help you achieve a symmetrical shape. Cut out your pattern using the Fiskars Fashion Scissors.
Step 2: Cut your fabric. Lay your two fabric pieces on top of each other. Using the Fiskars Cutting Mat (24" x 36") to protect your work surface, pin the pattern to both layers. Next, use the Fiskars Classic Stick Fashion Rotary Cutter (28 mm) to carefully cut out the pillow shape from both fabrics.
Step 3: Sew your pillow. Pin the two cut fabric pieces together with the right sides of the fabrics facing each other. Next, sew around the perimeter of the pillow with a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave a 5" hole in the top edge for stuffing the fiberfill.
Step 4: Clip the seam allowance. To help the curves of your pillow lay flat, clip the seam allowance. Use the Fiskars Micro-Tip Fashion Scissors (No. 5) to cut small triangle notches into the seam allowance around the curves of the pillow, making sure you do not cut into the stitches.
Step 5: Finish your pillow. Turn the pillow to the right side through the hole you left in the top edge and stuff the pillow with fiberfill until firm. Hand stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread.