SER Baby Travel Pillow – Tutorial DIY

June 25, 2013 — 6 Comments

After certain people saw my original tutorial, depicting this version of a travel pillow…

This photo was taken for research purposes only.

They told me I was infringing on their patent. So I removed the tutorial.

BUT… I did not want to leave you all hanging, so I came up with an even better baby travel pillow that does not infringe on any patents that I know of (and yes I actually did quite a bit of research). A travel pillow doesn’t need more fluff. It doesn’t need to be circular at all. If you use this pattern, the right angles at the corners force the ends of the pillow together. And if that wasn’t enough, I also included how to make an attachment accessory that can strap to your car seat. You can also make a strap that goes around an airplane seat and use it on a plane with the bigger version of the pattern for older children.

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My little guy is over 12 months so he is on the large side for this pattern. Still, he loves it!!! Plus I don’t expect adding any new family members to test this out on anytime soon!

So here is the offical, “Sprouts En Route – Baby Travel Pillow – Tutorial DIY” made by yours truly.

Right click and “Save Linked File As…” to download this Pattern onto your computer.

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1. Print out pattern and select your fabric. I used cotton on one side and baby flannel on the other.

2. Fold each piece of fabric and pin Pattern Piece One (1) to both pieces of fabric at once, along the fold where the pattern indicates. Make sure to leave 1/2″ an inch around the pattern as a seam allowance. Cut out the fabric.

3. Pin the two fabrics, right sides together, and make note of your opening.

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4. Before you start sewing, remember, do not sew the bottom sides together as they need to be open to sew Pattern Piece 2 into the pillow. Sew together the outside edges and the top, along with the inside edges until the marked opening using a straight stitch.

5. Go around all your sewn areas with a zigzag stitch to finish (this is important so the pillow does not come apart from regular use).

6. Cut out Pattern Piece Two (2) from whatever fabric you like leaving a half (.5″) inch around the pattern for the seam allowance. Pin and sew the piece of fabric into the opening at the bottom of both sides of the pillow. Sew carefully with a straight stitch, stopping to turn as often as necessary. Now use a zigzag stitch to finish the edges.

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This is how Pattern Piece Two (2) should look cut out.

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This step is a bit labor intensive compared with the other steps, but it causes the pillow to have that desired 3D shape that helps the baby’s head not to flop around.

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Zigzagging around the edge, I flipped it the opposite way that I sewed the straight stitch to make sure it was sewn properly.

7. Check all of your stitching to make sure there isn’t any missed fabric. Turn your pillow right side out, stuff, and hand sew the opening shut.

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8. Cut out a piece of fabric for the attachment accessory, 9″ inches in length, 3.5″ inches in width. Along each side, fold over twice and sew a 1/4″ inch hem. Now place around the top of the pillow, right side out, and fold over the top edges so no unfinished fabric is showing. Sew together. Sew another line two inches below the top, and sew one side shut. You are creating a small pillow at the top of the attachment accessory. Stuff with fluff and use your machine to sew the other side shut.

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Fold the edge over twice and sew a 1/4″ inch hem.

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Folding and sewing the very top of the attachment accessory.

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Sewing a straight line 2 inches under the top of the attachment accessory. This is where the fluff will go.

9. Make a strap according to your car seat with velcro or snaps to go inside of your attachment accessory. I recommend you leave a little slack around the car seat straps so they move freely and keep the strap width below 1″ inch.

Instead of sewing it directly onto the pillow you can also make an attachment accessory that velcros together so it can be taken off.

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You can see what the little pillow on the attachment accessory looks like behind his cute little head.

So there you go. I hope you find this pillow tutorial just as useful (if not more useful) than the original pillow tutorial I had to remove. If you make it or have any suggestions on how to make it better, please leave a comment below!! I would love to see pictures of it in action.

Happy Travels,

Kristin Spencer

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6 responses to SER Baby Travel Pillow – Tutorial DIY

  1. This pillow is soooo cute..never seen one like it anywhere. you are so sweet to give us a pattern and tutorial for free.
    Thanks a bunch :)

  2. Just as a frame of reference, should the diameter of piece 4 be about 2.75 inches? I just want to make sure the scaling is correct when I print out the pattern. It seems a bit small to me.
    I am really excited to make this, as I too saw the same pin on pinterest and had been dreaming of ways to recreate it.

    • Hi Janet! Yes that is the correct size :) the pattern is for newborn to twelve months. If your little one is older or at the tail end of that age group you can scale it up or leave two extra inches around the pattern. The first one I made ended up being way too big, and after that I figured out the pillow needed to be quite small to work for an infant. I did make one for four to six years and will eventually post patterns for all sizes :) I hope you will post a picture when you are finished !!

  3. That’s great! I think you gave a great tutorial. :D

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