Free Offer
9 Insanely Awesome Sewing Ideas: How to Sew a Pillow, DIY Home Decor, and More

Transform your home with unique sewing ideas from this FREE eBook! With a variety of project types that include everything from home decor to wearables, this compilation merits your full attention.

Bonus: Get our newsletter & special offers for free. We will not share or sell your email address. View our Privacy Policy

How to Make a Neck Pillow for Travel

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

Updated August 04, 2023

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 truly first-class luxe DIY travel pillow.

With a custom-sketched pattern, this neck pillow template is guaranteed to fit your individual contour needs.

The tutorial shows you exactly how to make a neck pillow for travel that you won't want to leave home without! 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.

It's not just for plane travel, either. Use this as a passenger when you're on your next car road trip or on a train ride that's just a bit too long.

You don't even have to leave the house! This comfy neck pillow can be utilized at home while you're watching TV in an uncomfortable chair or on your couch. Why not be as relaxed and restful as you can be no matter where?

P.S. Sign Up For More Free Patterns You'll Love!                   

How to Make a Neck Pillow for Travel

Skill Level: Beginner
Project Type: Make a Project
Time to Complete: Under an Hour
Sewn By: Both 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
•  Needle and thread
•  Fiberfill
•  Scissors

How to Make a Neck Pillow for Travel: Image shows a woman in side profile wearing the finished DIY neck pillow.

Travel Neck Pillow Tutorial:

  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. Cut out your pattern.

    Tip: Folding the pattern paper in half with help you achieve a symmetrical shape.

Image shows tracing paper template sketched on the left and on the right, the cut-out template. Both are on a cutting mat and there are scissors on the side.

  1. 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.

Image on the left shows the pinned template on fabric and a hand cutting out the piece with a rotary cutter. On the right, the cut-out fabric piece.

  1. 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.

Image shows the cut DIY travel pillow fabric pieces pinned together.

  1. 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.

Image shows the cut DIY travel pillow fabric pieces pinned together and the curves clipped by scissors.

  1. 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.

    Try it on for size and prepare to be at max comfort levels!​​​​​​

Image collage shows the pillow being stuffed at the top left. On the top right, the pillow stuffed and finished. On the bottom, image shows a woman in side profile wearing the finished DIY neck pillow.
How to Make a Neck Pillow for Travel: Image shows a woman in slight side profile wearing the finished DIY neck pillow.
Free projects, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Your Recently Viewed Projects

I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

I love being able to customize my own travel pillow!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Project of the Day

Incredibly Quick DIY Taggie Blanket

With the Incredibly Quick DIY Taggie Blanket you'll never be in need of a baby shower gift again. Made from just two pieces of flannel… Continue reading: "Incredibly Quick DIY Taggie Blanket"

Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite patterns
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your patterns


Connect With Us

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter
Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Do Not Sell My Personal Information Keyword Index Privacy Policy Subscribe Share Your Project Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----


Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.

I Love It