How to Sew a Basic Neck Pillow

What You'll Need
Pattern and fabric
Fabric Scissors
Needle and thread and/or sewing machine

Neck pillows are designed to provide the neck additional comfort while sitting, driving or riding, like on a plane or bus. While they can cost up to $100 in stores, they can just as easily be made at home with a sewing machine or by hand. The following steps will outline how you can sew your own neck pillow.

Step 1 : Determining the Shape and Size of the Neck Pillow

You can make pretty much any shape and size of a neck pillow by creating your own, unique patterns. If you like, find a pattern online or in a textile store. Keep in mind that the pattern should be at least 2 inches longer than the finished pillow.

Step 2 : Pinning the Pattern

Lay your selected pattern on the fabric with its face side down, spread over an even surface. The pattern should be pinned on the fabric so it does not move. Use a piece of chalk to trace the pattern on the fabric.

Step 3 : Cutting the Fabric and the Batting

Cut 2 identical pieces of fabric. A good shape for a neck pillow could be a horseshoe shape with curved corners. You could select two different colors or designs or use the same material for both sides.

Cut 2 identical pieces of batting to fit the neck pillow's size. Batting typically rests between the fabric and the fiberfill of the pillow, helping to hold and define its shape.

Step 4: Pinning the Pieces of the Fabric

Pin the 2 pieces of fabric together face down. Add pins all the way around, at least 2 inches from the edge. This will make it easier to sew the edges together quickly and evenly, especially if you are using a sewing machine.

Step 5: Sewing the Pillow and Stuffing it

Using the pins as a guide, sew together the edges of the pillow. Make sure you leave a small opening—no larger than 6 inches—through which you can insert the stuffing.

Sew a piece of the batting on each side of the pillow, which will maintain its curvature. Then turn the pillow inside out, which will bring its front surface to the outside.

Fill the pillow with fiberfill, enough for appropriate cushioning. It is not a bad idea to overstuff it slightly, as the pillow will lose some of its fullness with use as air escapes the material. Finally, sew the opening shut to complete the process.

Additional Considerations

You can experiment with not only the design of the pillow but also its functionalities. To make it more mobile for either yourself or your kids, you could add a tab and a keychain hook. That way it can be attached to a backpack and easily carried around either on airplanes or during car journeys.