DIY Neck Pillow Template PDF Download + Tutorial

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Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow Guys, it’s once again Sew a Softie Month, and I’m so excited! Every year Trixi from Coloured Buttons organizes a month-long extravaganza during which sewing bloggers publish tutorials for stuffed projects that kids can sew. How amazing is that? Learning to sew teaches kids important skills and life lessons but, more importantly, it’s dang fun! This month I have a travel neck pillow template pdf download and tutorial that is for both children and adults, and which can be sewn by hand or also mostly by machine!

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Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow The Cucicucicoo free neck pillow template pdf has two sizes; child size is for up to 4-6 years, while adult size is from about age 6 and up.

 

But the feature of my neck pillow pattern that I love the most is the (optional) carry strap!

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow These are two simple rectangles sewn into the top of the pillow and joined with snaps or, if you prefer, velcro.

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow These straps are perfect for hanging your pillow from a suitcase or backpack while travelling, or simply hanging up at home when you’re not using it. So useful!

Use a nice fuzzy fabric for incredibly comfortable neck support that you and your children will love using in the car, on planes or even relaxing at home! Sofia hasn’t stopped using hers since she finished sewing it!

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow So, what do you say? Want to sew a fantastic neck pillow with your kids (or even on your own)? Watch the video for all the details, or keep on reading for instructions and photos!

Materials:

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow

If you are making your pillow with a sewing machine, you will need matching thread and a machine sewing needle, as well as a hand needle.

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Assemble the neck pillow template pdf:

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 1. Sign up for the Cucicucicoo Newsletter (as explained above) for access to the reserved area with all the free downloads. (Or, if you’re already signed up, check the last Newsletter that you’ve received for the info and password.) Download and print the neck pillow template pdf.

Assemble the six pages so that the triangles form diamonds and cut out the pieces that you need. (The video shows how to assemble the pattern.)

Prepare the optional carry straps:

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 2. Trace the strap piece twice onto the non-sticky side of the fusible interfacing, leaving a small amount of space between them. Cut them out, again leaving a bit of margin around the lines.

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 3. Iron the rectangles on to the wrong side of the fabric, sticky/shiny side down, using the ironing cloth to protect the iron. Make sure that the arrow on the pattern piece matches the fabric’s grainline.

Then cut out the rectangles along the traced lines.

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 4. Fold the rectangles in half and pin the top and long sides closed. Make sure that the fabric nap, if there is one (nap is the direction of the fuzzy fibers), goes down the strap, with the top at the top pinned side.

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 5. Sew along the pinned sides with a 1 cm (3/8″) seam allowance. If sewing by hand, I suggest using the backstitch. (If you need help with the backstitch, watch the video above to see how to sew it by hand.) Then clip the corners as shown above.

6. Turn the rectangles right side out using a pen or large tweezers.

Put the straps to the side for now.

Sew the pillow:

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 7. Place the pattern on two layers of fabric with their right sides facing. Again, the grainline must follow the arrow on the pattern and, if the fabric has a nap, make sure that it runs down towards the bottom of the pattern.

8. Trace around the pattern. Mark where the straps will go at the top (black arrows) and a space to the right of where the straps will go (red arrows). Remove the pattern and pin the fabric.

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 9. Start sewing along the traced line from the marking furthest to the right (A above). Again, use the backstitch. Sew all the way to the marking furthest to the left (B above), then tie a knot.

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 10. Pin the straps together, matching up the unsewn ends, and slip them inside the pillow, against the last stitches sewn. Make sure that those unsewn ends of the straps stick out at least 1 cm (3/8″) beyond the traced line, then pin them in place.

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 11. Continue sewing from where you left off to the last remaining marking, as shown above. Then trim the fabric close to the stitching.

12. Turn the fabric right side out.

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 13. Stuff the pillow. I love using memory foam, though the little bits do tend to make a bit of a mess!

14. Use the ladder stitch to close the opening. (Read my tutorial on how to hand sew the ladder stitch, or invisible stitch.)

Finish it up:

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow 15. Overlap the ends of the straps and apply two  snaps, or sew on pieces of velcro.

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow And look at that kid-sewn travel neck pillow! So soft, so comfy, so convenient!

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow But most of all, look how proud your child will be to be able to use a neck pillow that she sewed all by herself!

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow Remember, if hand sewing isn’t your thing, you can always machine sew the straps and pillows (with the exception of the final ladder stitch to close it up). That’s what I did with these two pillows that I made to test the pattern. I also sewed a little tag with my logo into the sides of the straps.

Don’t think that kids aren’t capable of sewing! After all, if they’re capable of playing video games and figuring out how to get around the password protection on your smartphone, I’d say that they’re more than capable of putting together some fabric and holding it together with a bit of thread! But most importantly, learning to sew is very empowering for both children and adults!

Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow

Make sure that you check out all the other fantastic projects and tutorials for Sew a Softie month by searching the hashtag #sewasoftie or visiting the Sew a Softie Facebook groupClick here to learn more about Sew a Softie, for archives of all the projects in past editions, and how to join in!

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecatNow that you’ve practiced with this simple neck pillow template pdf, why not go a step further with this super cool variation: a cat neck pillow pattern! This is purrr-fect (bada bum!) for all you cat lovers out there!

This looks so comfy! Learn how to make a neck pillow from a sweatshirt in 10 minutes with stuffing and some snaps. Perfect for travel or a college student’s dorm room! #diypillows #pillowtutorialWant to sew a travel neck pillow, but without a pattern? Check out my easy repurposing tutorial on how to make a neck pillow from a sweatshirt that has been outgrown! This pillow is so fast to sew and incredibly fun to use! It feels as if your old clothing is hugging you!

Don’t forget to share pictures of your work on Facebook, Instagram or other social media with the hashtags #cucicucicoopatterns and #cucicucicoo! I can’t wait to see your amazing neck pillows!

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Kids love sewing and it’s easy with this neck pillow template pdf download! The free sewing pattern includes two sizes + carry strap, and is a fantastic and easy project for kids to sew by hand! Everyone loves travel neck pillows, and now you can make a customized one! #diypillows #neckpillowpattern #diyneckpillow #diytravelpillow

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Loved your tutorial and the video too. The little carry strap is perfect because neck pillows are such a nuisance to carry 🙂 Also I’d never seen memory foam scraps before! Thanks for being a part of the Sew a Softie family 🙂

    • Thanks to you, Trixi, for organizing Sew a Softie and for getting so many people involved! It’s so much fun to see the amazing ideas and fantastic handiwork of so many kids and adults! 🙂

  2. Wow after a lot of trouble finally I make one for myself. That’s not looks so good as your but I’m happy with my first project.

    Thank you very much for sharing such a nice project!

  3. E’ il mio secondo progetto e sto utilizzando il tessuto Minky…. per cucire a macchina devo utilizzare il punto a zig zag o posso fare un semplice punto dritto? comunque sto seguendo il tuo corso di cucito, spieghi benissimo! Grazie

    • Bravissima Deborah! Se il Minky è stretch, elastico, è meglio usare un punto stretch. Visto che questo progetto è tutto curvo, ti consiglio di usare il punto elastico, se la tua macchina da cucire ce l’ha. Assomiglia ad un lampo. Il problema con il punto zigzag è che non forma una linea netta e sarebbe problematico per questo progetto. In bocca al lupo! Inviami una foto quando avrai finito! 🙂

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