Do you always experience neck pain during those long trips?? Have you felt shy thinking about your sleepy face on one side hitting the person in the next seat? No more worries.Today I am showing "How to sew an Travel pillow " to avoid all the those embarrassing situations.It is so simple to make that you can even hand sew or use fabric glue if you don't have a sewing machine .
Step 1: Materials Required
1/2 yard fabric
Sewing Machine or Fabric glue
Paper for pattern
Ruler & Pencil
Hand sewing needle
Fabric Scissors & Paper Scissors
Step 2: Pattern Making
I used a 9" X 12" paper to make this pattern.(You can tape two A4 sheets if you don't have a 9"X12"). Divide the paper into one inch squares.Start drawing the outer curve of the pillow from third square counting right to left horizontally and inner curve from the fourth square counting from the top.Maintain the four inches width through out the pattern and draw the half pillow shape as shown. You can adjust a little bit to fit into the shape.(Picture 2). Cut the final pattern using scissors.
Step 3: Cutting the Fabric Pieces for Pillow
Use straight pins to attach the pattern to the fabric . Place the pattern in the fold and cut the fabric pieces.Leave 1/4" seam allowance while cutting .
You can double fold the fabric (Which is folding the fabric once vertically and then folding that horizontally again) or fold it once into half and cut twice using the pattern.In the picture shown above ,I used double fold and cut the fabric pieces in a single go.
Step 4: Stitching the Pillow Form
Place the cut fabric pieces right sides facing each other. Pin them together with straight pins.Stitch along the edges with 1/4" seam allowance leaving around 4" gap on the top to turn the pillow form inside out and stuff. Make slits on the seam allowance (be careful not to cut through the seam) to evenly spread them when turned inside out and avoid bulkiness . .
You can do the same steps with hand sewing by making back stitch all around or using fabric glue all around and repeating the same steps as mentioned above.
Step 5: Turn the Pillow Form Inside Out
Turn the pillow form inside out and iron.Make sure to Iron the seam allowance on the gap so that it is easy when hand sewing them.
Step 6: Stuffing and Closing the Gap
Now stuff the pillow through the gap .Work with little stuffing at a time and make sure to fill each corner.Stuff in such a way that your hand can't go through the stuffing once that area is stuffed. Once you reach the end, thread the hand sewing needle and finish the gap with a ladder stitch. If you don't know , how to sew a ladder stitch.Click here to learn.And that's it. Your pillow is now ready. How easy is that!!
If you are using fabric glue to make this pillow , use glue to secure the gap and pin them with binder clip or clothes pin until the glue is dry. You can also follow this step if you want to avoid sewing the ladder stitch.
For variation, you can use fleece instead of cotton or use two different fabrics on each side.It is totally customizable to your taste.
I hope you like this simple tutorial on travel pillow and give this a try.I am submitting this for "Travel Tips contest" .Please vote for me, if you like this i'ble . Thank you.