February 3rd, 2013
I think this is probably my favourite thing I have ever made. I found it very useful on the flight over here (8 hours from London Gatwick) and even now on the beach! I love making things I know I’m going to use forever.
They are also a great idea for presents. You make them in so many different ways by using different material, adding a zip, embroidering your name etc.
I made it by cutting out the shape I wanted my cushion to be on some blue and white spotted material by Cath Kidston. I then used this as a template to cut out the same shape on some wadding material. I know I probably shouldn’t since wadding is supposed to be used for quilting up it is super strong and I wanted my pillow to have a patterned side and a soft, comfortable side. This way I can you the cotton side for on the beach as it is more cool in the hot weather and the cosy, fluffy side for sleeping on the flight. Once I had my two pieces of material I laid them together with right sides facing. I wanted a small loop to hang it up when we’re in our villa or at home in the cupboard waiting for my next holiday so I cut a piece of ribbon about double the length I wanted it to hang, which I had from the packaging of a Christmas present I received in December. I placed this ribbon in between the two pieces of material with the ends poking out the top and the loop inwards. I them simply sewed a small straight stitch around the whole outside of the pillow leaving about an inch gap in the neck area. I then stuffed my pillow with simple cushion stuffing which you can get in almost every craft shop, or even on ebay! You can stuff it as much or as little as you like. I wanted my pillow to be fairly sturdy and to hold it’s shape so I stuffed it rather well. Then I simply hand sewed the gap on the inside of the neck area. I left the gap here as the hand sewn gap is then less visible afterwards. Et voila! My new Travel Neck Pillow :) what do you think?