Summer time is for travel. Lots of families do road trips or take flights to vacation destinations. For us, we’re flying back to the mainland and I have been preparing for our trip. I made up some fun travel toys for the kids but this tutorial is for my husband. He travels a lot for his job and loves a good airplane pillow. He loves them so much he is always leaving them on planes just so he can buy some more. At the airport. When they’re marked up approximately a billion dollars.
So I decided to make one for him, and then of course I needed one. Since the kids will have their own seats on the plane, I made one for them too because I don’t want to share mine. #realtalk
For this project, you need:
- 1 yard of fleece
Make your pattern. I measured 10 inches for the thickness of the pillow and the length is 18 inches. I only drew half of the pillow and then cut 2 pieces out along a folded edge. If you want to make a snap handle, you need to cut out a 3×6 inch rectangle and you will also need 1 set of snaps. We needed them so we can clip our pillows to our carry on and now have to worry about losing them.
sew your snap. Fold the fabric in half and sew along 1 short side and down the long side. I used white thread so you can see it but you can use matching thread. Clip the corners of the short end you sewed and flip it right side out. Use a basting stitch to sew the open end of the snap to the center of 1 of the pieces of pillow.
Pin the two pillow pieces together and sew all the way around. Leave a 2-3 inch gap so you can turn the pillow right side out and stuff it. I left the opening in the center of the inside (where your neck goes) but you can leave the gap anywhere. Just don’t do it where the snap is because you want the keep that seam nice and strong.
I attached my snaps. Since I was making 4 pillows, I needed 4 sets. I have a tool that makes the hole and attaches the snap but you can use a hammer. My snaps are plastic but metal ones can be found near the elastic of your local sewing section.
Stuff you pillow and hand stitch the opening closed and you’re done!
Since I was making 4, I did them in an assembly line. Sewing each pillow, then attaching the snaps, then stuffing and closing. Fleece is great to sew with because you don’t have to iron it in between steps and it doesn’t fray.
As you can see, they’re a huge hit. Comfortable and great for pretending to be a lion. 😉
Are you traveling this summer? Where are you headed?