If holiday travel is in your future, I have the perfect fast gift to sew for you! I used one of JOANN’s adorable fleece prints for this kid’s travel pillow sewing tutorial. I’m excited to share that I’m collaborating with them to share this project. That means they compensated me for my materials and my time, but of course I only share products & stores that I already use and love, and all opinions are my own. With a handy pocket to store a book and a little handle for dragging along, I think it will be well received by any kiddo, and they are so fast to sew! There are a zillion prints to choose from which makes it easy to pick one that fits each kid’s personality.
We got a chance to test this out on a 13 hour road trip to Florida recently! I actually borrowed it for a nap, and I fully endorse it as a travel pillow for adults too. The fleece makes it “cozy” but this pattern would work with woven or knits as well.
The handle lets it slid on to a suitcase, or be carried over a little shoulder (or, fair warning, used to whip it at a sibling, ha!)
A small stuffed animal and book fit in just right, which is what we let them take on the road anyways! Otherwise we’d be buried under all their favorite stuffed friends.
Isn’t this print adorable? We have been all about castle, knights, unicorns, and dragons lately so I knew they would love it. I ordered the supplies online when I was thinking about them and picked them up in store, it was so simple. I appreciate that my kids still fit in a cart there, it makes it much easier to shop!
It is sewn envelope style, so no zippers to worry about, and great for beginners! Ready to make your own?
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Kid’s travel pillow sewing tutorial
- 1 yard of one of JOANN’s adorable fleece prints
- 1 travel pillow form
- quilt ruler & rotary cutter
- Wonder clips
Step 1- Cut a rectangle 11″ tall by 3″ wide, fold it in half length-wise, wrong sides together and sew down the open long side. Turn it right side out and top stitch along both long edges, forming the strap.
Step 2- Cut 1 rectangle of fleece 12″ X 14. Cut another rectangle 14″ X 9″ and hem one long side. Layer that on top of the 12 X 16 rectangle and sew along all 3 edges with a basting (long) stitch.
Step 3- Cut a rectangle 12′ X 16″ and then sew the handle on, centered and facing down.
Step 4- Cut another rectangle 12 X 7.5″. Lay down the rectangle with the handle facing up, and then the rectangle with the pocket facing down. Layer the 12 X 7.5″ rectangle on top. No need to hem its edge, which will be hidden. Clip around the entire rectangle and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 5- Clip the corners off, turn right side out through the envelope opening, push the corners out with a pen and your pillow is ready!