Thursday, April 19, 2012

[ diy travel pillow pillowcase ]



I DON'T know about you, but I wish they sold pillowcases to go with travel pillows. Whether it's an inflatable pillow, or a polar fleece one, I always prefer the feel of a normal cotton pillowcase against my face.

I decided that I just don't want to go another flight without one so I whipped up this one using some Amy Butler fabric I had in my stash.

I started with my polar fleece pillow...


... and chose 2 coordinating fabrics to make it reversible.


Place the pillow on the backside of one of the fabrics and estimate how far up the sides it needs to go {don't forget seam allowance}...


... then trace around the shape with a pencil {double-check to make sure you have made it large enough ~ you don't want it too tight ~ you need to be able to get the pillow in and out}



... cut it out, then trace it onto the coordinating fabric with right-sides together to cut out another...


... start pinning the pieces right-sides together with the pillow in between to help with fit then mark with a pencil along the pin line ~ remove pins along the top end and remove pillow...


...sew zipper in along the top end and then sew all around...


... turn right-side out and insert pillow to check fit ~ make any adjustments if needed then trim seam allowance...


...zigzag the edge all around if you like, to prevent fraying from numerous washings...



... and that's it! Done!



If you want to avoid the whole zipper thing, you can use ribbon ties, velcro, buttons or snaps to close the opening or slipstitch it closed if you don't mind that it's not washable.




I like that it's reversible and much cuter than what I started with. Now all I need is to go somewhere so I can use it!

lisa

11 comments:

Formerly known as Frau said...

Wow your talents are endless! Love it! I have never bought one of those...mostly because of the material is too hot or not washable....love this! Have a great day!

Jessica {The Aestate} said...

Love this! So glad I stumbled across your blog!

helen tilston said...

Infinitely more beautiful and softer than the commercial ones sold at airports. Thanks for sharing your talent with us

Bon Voyage

Helen x

a happy little life said...

this came at the perfect time!
have a long trip coming up and just got a new neck pillow... it's like you knew :)
should probably just go ahead and make a couple covers.
thank you for another great tutorial!
xo

Pinecone said...

You are so talented Lisa!! Great fabric choices too!
xo
Ashlyn

Robynne's Nest said...

Lisa, I'm about to jump on a flight to Oz tonight with my trusty polar fleece pillow...in a yucky maroon...not as pretty as yours...but I coudn't do a long haul flight without it. Robx

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I am obsessed with my travel pillow and was even sleeping with it at home until my daughter swiped it and took it up to Seattle with her. I can throw mine in the wash but I would love a little slipcover.
Are you going to be making and selling these?
Please :)

Meeling said...

Very cute!! I have a polar fleece one which is comfy but it gets hot!! I love the idea of cotton, next trip I'm making a cover for mine!!

Thanks for sharing your super cute combo!

Tiff said...

Hi! It is my first visit and I love this tutorial! That fabric is lovely and the pillow turned out so well. I am goingto give one a try! I am off to check out your other posts! X

Michelle said...

Totally going to do this- love it!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

How pretty! I have one of those inflatable pillows -now you have given me an idea to recover mine! Happy travels Lisa!

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