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Simple Machine Sewn Gifts for Kids to Make

Updated: Jun 20, 2022

My next few posts will be sharing my kid-tested directions for some great gifts. 

First up: A Seat Belt Travel Pillow

Pillows seem to have 'feet' in the car, so strap them to the seat belt with these directions.

At the outside, I think 3 hours will accomplish this project, with you guiding the child.  If you have any questions, just text or give me a call:  217-369-4687, and I'll be happy to answer.


12” x 16” pillow form (or use loose fiberfill) Fabric for front: 12” x 16” - so 3/8 yard is safe (13.5” of length) - a very soft ‘Minkee-type’ fabric is especially nice and softFabric for back: 3/8 yard will also do - but make it a coordinating cotton fabric. Velcro - 7” 5/8” wide withOUT adhesive (adhesive gums up the machine needle)


Cut a 12” x 16” rectangle from each fabric. I always cut fabric EXACTLY THE SAME size as pillow form. Then, taking a 1/2” see allowance yields a fully stuffed pillow! :) Cut from the cotton fabric ALSO a piece 7 1/2” x 9” Stitch the sticky loop side of the Velcro to the right side of the small cotton rectangle, centering it 3/4” from one of the long edges. Stitch close to the edges around all 4 sides of the Velcro using either straight stitch or zigzag 2.5 wide 3.0 long.