Neck pillows provide comfort and support to both children and adults. They are comfortable for travel, providing support to the neck and head while sitting or sleeping. Make your own neck pillow using a soft, comfortable fabric and a glue gun. These no-sew pillows make great gifts for parents of toddlers and small children as well as for adult passengers in cars or planes who like to nap. Make several, adapting the sizes to accommodate different users.
- Tape measure
- Fleece fabric
- Straight pins
- Fabric shears
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
Draw a large horseshoe shape onto paper to create a pattern. Make the U-shape about 10 inches tall and 15 inches wide. Cut out the pattern, place around your head or your child’s head, and adjust the measurements to fit comfortably. The key is to get the shape to mold comfortably around the neck for support and comfort. Do not make the width too wide, or it will cause the head to lean forward when used.
Insert a glue stick into the glue gun and allow time to heat.
Lay out the fabric with right sides together on your work surface. Place the pattern on top of a double layer of fabric and pin in place. Cut the fabric, following the pattern, with fabric shears. Separate the two layers of fabric, with right sides facing up.
Run a thin bead of hot glue, starting on the lower curve and around the inner edge of the right side of one layer of fabric. Apply the glue in small sections at a time to prevent it from drying before you position the fabric. Avoid making the glue too thick, as it will create a lumpy texture on the edge of the pillow.
Run another bead of glue around the outside edge of the fabric, leaving an opening about three inches long near the top of the horseshoe shape. Adhere the fabric and allow to dry.
Clip along the inner curve of the pillow, through both layers, to remove any excess fabric bulk when turned.
Turn the fabric inside out and ensure that all seams are securely glued except the 3-inch opening. If there are areas that are not secured, turn the pillow inside out and glue as needed. Turn right sides out.
Stuff the pillow with polyester fiberfill or your choice of stuffing materials. Push the stuffing into both ends of the horseshoe shape first, then fill the remaining pillow form. Pack it in firmly to provide support.
Turn the raw edges of the opening toward the inside and run a bead of hot glue along the inner edge. Fold the other side and hold the two pieces of fabric together until the glue dries. You may need to push some of the stuffing into the pillow to avoid it sticking to the glue.
Fluff the pillow, as needed, to create a uniform shape.
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