Neck Pillow DIY

This neck pillow is good for car or plane travel, esp for kids, who may get asleep with their heads either swayed to the extreme left or right.  If you are not sure what to make, I would recommend that you try this. It’s so easy and cutting and sewing takes less than 1 hour. And the end result is amazing.


  • Any soft material like Flannel.
  • Fabric filling

1) The template is actually 1/2 of the neck pillow folded along the short edge. So you will need to place the template along the folded edge of the fabric before you cut.

2) Fold the fabric so that right side are facing each other. Then place the template with the short edge along the folded edge of the fabric. Make sure that the fabric cover the whole template as you will be make a mirror image of the template.

3) Trace the template on the fabric and cut the pattern out using a 0.5″ seam allowance. You will need 2 set of these pattern to make the front and back.

4) Open out the pattern so that you see the full neck pillow and place the 2 neck pillow with right side facing each other. Pin in place.

I’ve forgotten to take picture for this step. You can see this one which is already sewn

5) Sew along the 0.5″ seam allowance along the neck pillow. I started from the top of the neck pillow ( the convex side) that is the back of the neck pillow as later you will need to hand stitch the opening and I prefer this portion to be away from the kid’s neck.  Keep sewing slowly along and leave about 3″ gap at the top for stuffing.

6) Before you flip the pillow over, you have to snip around the curve area. See the picture at step 4.  The Concave portion, I’ve cut out a ‘v’ shapes so that it will not look crumpy when you flip over. For the other edges, I’ve used the scissor to snip around the seam allowance. Just be careful that you don’t snip off your sewn line.

7) After you’ve done the above, flip the pillow over so that the right side face out.  I’ve tried to stuff it to quite full so that it will give more support. Hand stitch the gap close and you are done!

I’ve really pleased with the end results. My niece and nephew have asked for one when they saw the one that I made for my baby. So I ended up making another 3 more!