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.
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.
In order for the template to form the "U" shape, you will need to flip one side of the template over, then tape together.
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.
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!
Not whipping up one of these pillows for yourself or your family? They make great inexpensive gifts for your travel-loving friends.