sewing: travel pillows tutorial

*this post originally aired on My Cuddle Corner*

travel pillows tutorial

we’re off on a road trip this week, and taking along our super comfy cozy travel pillows is a must!

are you heading out on the road this summer? want to make your own? it’s a quick and easy project, and only requires 3/4 yard of fabric. pillows shown are made with this soft Cuddle Fabrics fancy leopard print from Shannon Fabrics.

materials needed:

3/4 yard fabric
2 yards ribbon
sewing notions


1. cut two pieces or fabric, one measuring 15″ x 27″ and one measuring 4″ x 27″ (note that 3/4 yard is wide enough to make two pillows). cut ribbon into two 1 yard pieces.

2. right sides together (RST), align fabric along 27″ raw edge.

3. sandwich one piece of ribbon between layers, approximately 2″ from top edge, so that center of ribbon is about at seam line. repeat at other edge with second ribbon.

4. stitch seam with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

5. fold ribbon over to right side of fabric and pin to secure. repeat with second ribbon.

6. match remaining 27″ raw edges RST. pin and stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

7. tuck in ribbon and match raw edges RST at one end so that the ribbon is centered on what will be the back of the pillow.

8. pin and stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance, backstitching at beginning and end of seam.

9.  turn pillow right sides out and stuff with polyfill/stuffing.

10. fold under raw edges of remaining opening 1/2″, match up folded edges, and pin.

11. stitch close to folded edge, backstitching at beginning and end of seam.

12. tie to seat belt and cuddle away! (note: safety first!! please check with your local laws to confirm that this type of pillow is allowed, and follow all seat belt laws.)

cuddle travel pillows tutorial

happy stitching!
xo, rachael

Rachael Gander

I am a sewist, mom, wife, designer, blogger, and fabric enthusiast. I learned to sew alongside my mom, but lost interest in the craft until my early twenties, and I've spent the last fifteen years making up for lost time! I've experimented with modern quilting, accessories and garment sewing, hand-printed fabric, and textile design, I have found my love in pattern design, and sell my original sewing and embroidery patterns in the imagine gnats shop.

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7 Responses to sewing: travel pillows tutorial

  1. Anne June 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Awesome!! I might have to make one of these for my daughter when we go on our road trip later this summer!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:

  2. Laura Barnes June 24, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    My daughter from Texas has been visting for the month of June. I think I will make these for the kids for the drive home. I like the ribbon tie to keep the pillow from falling to the floor of the car. Thank you for the idea :)

    • Rachael Gander June 25, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      oh, that would be so sweet! they could take a little piece of you home with them :)

  3. LINDA CARR July 20, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    I have one or two grandchildren in my car often and I will be making two of these pillows. I have been trying to think of how to make pillows that will not fall on the floor. This is a great idea Rachael, thank you so very much. Linda


  1. Tutorial: Seat belt travel pillow | Sewing | - June 24, 2014

    […] These long skinny travel pillows by Rachael from Imagine Gnats are made for road trips.  Made from a soft cuddly fur, they attach to a seat belt so you can catch a few Z’s while remaining strapped in your seat. She shares a tutorial showing how to make them.  If you have travel planned for this summer, you could make some to make your travel a little bit more comfortable.  (Just be sure to check local seat belt laws to make sure this kind of pillow is allowed.)  Go to her blog for the tute. […]

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