We’re planning a two day road trip later this month and I’m already planning for some car time necessities. Lap table, check. Activity books, check. Snacks, check and check. The one absolute necessity we don’t have is a travel pillow for each of the boys. It’s a must if you want your kids to sleep for any prolonged amount of time in the car! Let’s get sewing…
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Since I already had sew travel pillows for two little boys, I figured I might as well make them fun! My kids are reading the Magic Treehouse series right now (had no idea what that was until a month ago and now they’re hooked!) and are absolutely crazy about mythical creatures so I knew they would love a neck pillow that looked like a monster’s tail. The extra time it took to add the spikes and elongate the pillow body was totally worth their amazed reaction. They’ve been wearing this pillow around the house ever since I made it!
First things first, you’re going to need some super soft fabric to make your Monster Tail Kid’s Travel Pillow. I used a pack of Cuddle Charms in Sterling Silver for the spikes and Barcelona Cuddle Violeta for the body. The spike are slightly filled with Fairfield Poly-Fil before being sewn (inward facing) on one panel of the body. Sew both body panels (right sides facing) together using a 1/4″ seam and leaving a 5″ section open to turn right side out. Take care not to accidentally sew any of the spikes! Now just fill the body tightly with Fairfield Poly-Fil and hand sew the opening shut. Roar! (that’s monster talk for “Yay!”)
This Monster Tail Kid’s Travel Pillow is perfectly sized for small children (probably ages 2-10.) You can always enlarge the pattern a bit for older kids or shrink for smaller. The pattern comes as three printable sheets that you’ll need to tape together by matching the numbers. Cut as many pair of spikes as you want, I made 9 but kinda wish I had more. Please refrain from using for commercial purposes or I’ll have to send my sea monster after you!