Hooded Travel Pillow2

Hooded Travel Pillow2

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Introduction

Does it ever seem like your kids grow out of clothes in a matter of months? Although I have a network of hand-me-down recipients among my siblings and friends, every once in a while my kids find it hard to let go of certain clothing items. Since we do a lot of road trips, I decided to put one of my son's favorite (too-small-for-him) hoodies to good use and whip up a travel pillow to keep him comfy on long drives.

Step 1

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Prep Template

Print and cut out two copies of the travel pillow template (get the free printable above) and tape together. Attach the 1's back to back to form a U-shaped pillow template (see step 5 below).

Step 2

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Remove Hood

Cutting right below the seam line, remove the hood from a hooded pullover sweatshirt.

Step 3

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Open Up the Hood

Cut the front area where the hood is connected.

Step 4

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Trim

Cut off the seam from the bottom of the hood.

Step 5

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Cut Out Body

Lay the pillow template on the front of the sweatshirt on top of the logo or design. I wanted the pockets to be part of the pillow, so I made sure a good portion of the bottom part of the template was over the pocket. Pin the template down. Cut through the front and back layers of the sweatshirt around the pattern, creating two pieces.

Pro Tip

In order for the template to form the "U" shape, you will need to flip one side of the template over, then tape together.

Step 6

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Attach Hood: Part 1

Lay the top piece of cushion fabric (with the pocket) pretty side up. Fold the hood in half and lay flat. Place the hood on the top cushion piece, lining up the back center of the hood to the center of the inner curve of the top of the cushion.

Step 7

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Attach Hood: Part 2

Open up the hood and pin the bottom of it to the inner curve of the cushion piece. Sew along the pinned edge, securing the hood to the top cushion piece.

Step 8

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Tuck

Tuck the top of the hood under itself.

Step 9

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Sew the Bottom

Lay the bottom cushion piece (right side down) on top and pin in place. Sew 1/2 inch seam allowance around the cushion, making sure not to sew the hood. As I sewed around the cushion, I lifted the seam periodically to make sure the hood was out of the way. Leave a two inch opening at the top of the cushion.

Step 10

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Stuff

Turn the pillow right-side-out and stuff with polyester fiber fill.

Step 11

Hooded Travel Pillow

Hooded Travel Pillow

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Finishing Up

Use a whipstitch to close the opening at the top shut.

Step 12

Enjoy

The hoodie neck pillow has little pockets on both sides of the hood that are large enough to hold a cell phone or earbuds — perfect for traveling!

Pro Tip

Not whipping up one of these pillows for yourself or your family? They make great inexpensive gifts for your travel-loving friends.