Saturday, February 20, 2010

Neck Pillow Tutorial

We don't travel as much as we used to.
Since having two kids and living 20+ hours away from family,
our weekend road-tripping has diminished.
Not to mention that my husband is a Pastor,
so we're in church every Sunday (which I love)
just makes weekend road-tripping not so easy.

Last summer we drove 10 hours to Hot Springs, AR.
I was worried how the kids would do but we broke it up into two shorter trips.
They were great. One thing I was worried about though
was how they'd sleep in the car.
Slumped over doesn't look so comfortable.

So, I decided to try my hand at making them some neck pillows.
Here's the end product...(with my handsome model)
but how did I get there?
(Oh and these photos are old so my kids don't look like that anymore)

What you need:

Sewing machine
Stuffing of some sort

I started by drawing my shape on the wrong side of the fabric
and pinned right sides of both fabrics together.

I then sewed around my line using the line as my guide.

Then I cut the shape out, about 1/4 inch from the sewn line. I found it MUCH easier to sew the shape and then cut it out rather than trying to sew the already cut shape. It's a good thing I have to do things twice because it gives me an opportunity to try it a different (and hopefully easier) way.

Turn the pillow right side out...I added this ribbon to Naomi's because originally I was going to use white chenille on the front but forgot so the ribbon is to differentiate between Micah's and Naomi's...plus I think it's cute!

Here are the two pillow forms waiting to be stuffed. They look the same basically but I made Naomi's a little wider at the bottom.

I stuffed the pillows pretty tight and then sewed a line near the top so that stuffing would stay tight in the bottom. I didn't fill the part between the lines too full because I didn't want it to push their heads forward.

Here are the pillows in action (she's faking it)...

(he's not).

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. If something isn't clear let me know and I'll try to clarify. Let me know if you make one...I'd love to see it!

Jamie's Signature #2


  1. I cannot even tell you how hard I tried to buy a pillow that would work like this when my kids were smaller. (I am NOT crafty, myself) These are wonderful--perfect not being too padded behind the neck. I still have a nephew. I am forwarding this post to everyone I know:)

  2. Oh thank you! We will be having a 10 hour car trip in May, I will have to try and make these before then.

  3. What a great idea, I love these.

  4. Great idea

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  5. that is a great idea.. Yeah..

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