How to Make Travel Pillows

How to Make Travel Pillows
Sometimes standard-sized pillows can take up too much space when you are traveling. This is especially true if room is needed for your gear. Blank pillow forms come in a variety of sizes and it isn't that hard to make a travel pillow out of one. Their smaller size will allow you to use them while riding in the car but still be big enough to use to sleep on. With a few basic items and a sewing machine, you should have a homemade travel pillow made in no time.


Difficulty: Moderate

Tips on Making a Travel Pillow

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pillow form Fabric Measuring tape Chalk Ruler Pins Scissors Sewing Machine Thread
  • Pillow form
  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
Step 1
Purchase a blank pillow form of your preferred size at your local sewing store. Choose a blank pillow form that is machine washable.
Step 2
Purchase enough fabric to cover the pillow and allow for the seams. For example, if you purchase a blank pillow form that is 14 inches square, you will need two pieces of fabric that are 15 inches square. The extra added inch will be the allotment for your seams when you sew the panels together.
Step 3
Lay your fabric on a flat surface such as a table, with the right sides together. Measure out the correct amount of inches for both the width and the length and mark the areas with a piece of chalk. Pin each marked corner of the fabric.
Step 4
Line a ruler up against your chalk markings and draw a straight line from each pin to the other. Place pins along the lines to keep the two pieces of fabric in place. Cut out your panels.
Step 5
Stitch three sides of the panel together, leaving one side open. Turn the fabric right side out. Insert the pillow form into the opening.
Step 6
Turn the edges of the opened side towards the inside of the pillow to have a clean looking edge. Pin the edge together and sew a seam across it as close to the edge as possible. Cut off any loose threads. Your travel pillow is now finished and ready to use.

Tips & Warnings

Use a durable fabric that can withstand machine washing.


Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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