When my team recently approached our local cancer treatment center to inquire about their sewn item needs, the response was immediate: “Super-soft travel pillows with washable pillowcases”. We were happy to oblige. I encourage you to reach out to your local hospitals and treatment centers to ask if they may have similar needs. Here’s a free tutorial on sewing travel pillowcases.

Sewing Tutorial

Here’s a quick sewing tutorial for a super-easy travel-sized pillowcase, which is designed to fit over smaller pillow forms (14″ x 20″); available at most big box retailers. Or, you can sew your own 14″ x 20″ pillow forms (below).






Supplies

  • 2/3 yard washable cotton fabric






Cutting

  • Cut a fabric rectangle 24″ x 30″.






Create the Travel Pillowcase

  • Along one 30″ edge, press under 1/4″ towards the fabric’s wrong side.





  • Along the same edge, press under 3″ hem.





  • Edgestitch.





  • Fold the fabric in half, matching right sides and matching the 24″ cut edges. Pin.





  • Serge the seam.

Note from Nancy: A straight stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance and zigzag stitch to secure the seam can be used in place of the serger.

  • Fold or “wrap” the seam allowance forward and serge the remaining seam at the end of the pillowcase.






  •  Press the pillowcase flat.
  • Turn right side out and insert travel pillow.






How to sew a travel pillow insert:

 

  • Cut a fabric rectangle 20-1/4″ x 28-1/2.
  • Fold the fabric in half, matching right sides and matching the 20-1/4″ cut edges. Pin.


Nancy Zieman shows how to make a travel pillow insert



 

  • Serge one short edge. 


Nancy Zieman shows how to sew a travel pillow insert



 

  • Fold or “wrap” the seam allowance forward and serge the long edge of the pillow.


Nancy Zieman shows how to sew a travel pillow insert



 

  • Stuff the pillow with super-soft fiber fill and serge the opening closed. 


Nancy Zieman shows how to make a travel pillow insert



Ta-da! These are so fun, fast and easy to make! Plus these pillows are such a comfort to those undergoing medical treatments.  

 

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