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First Class DIY Travel Pillow

You'll travel in the lap of luxury wherever you go with this simple travel pillow pattern!

First Class DIY Travel Pillow
First Class DIY Travel Pillow
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If you spend hours flying from city to city, you know how important it is to ride comfortably. That's why you should never embark on a journey without this First Class DIY Travel Pillow! With a custom-sketched pattern, this neck pillow template is guaranteed to fit your individual contour needs. The seam is notched for a streamlined, non-bumpy feel that will have you snoozing in no time! This giftable travel accessory even has a minky fabric exterior that will feel ultra-plush against your delicate neck skin. Get the best sleep of your life anywhere you go with this free neck pillow pattern.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byBoth Hand and Machine


Materials List

  • Rotary cutter (28mm)
  • Cutting mat (24'' x 36'')
  • Minky fabric
  • Cotton print fabric for pillow back
  • 1'' Pattern paper
  • Pen
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Needle and thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Scissors


  1. Draft your own pattern. Sketch a U-shape on to 1" wide pattern paper, using the grid lines for accuracy. The U-shape should be about 18" at its widest and 14" at its highest. Folding the pattern paper in half with help you achieve a symmetrical shape. Cut out your pattern.

  2. Lay your two fabric pieces on top of each other. Using the cutting mat to protect your work surface, pin the pattern to both layers. Next, use the 28mm rotary cutter to carefully cut out the pillow shape from both fabrics.

  3. Pin the two cut fabric pieces together with the right sides of the fabrics facing each other. Next, sew around the perimeter of the pillow with a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave a 5" hole in the top edge for stuffing the fiberfill.

  4. To help the curves of your pillow lay flat, clip the seam allowance. Use your scissors to cut small triangle notches into the seam allowance around the curves of the pillow, making sure you do not cut into the stitches.

  5. Turn the pillow to the right side through the hole you left in the top edge and stuff the pillow with fiberfill until firm. Hand stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread.

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