I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen quite a few seat belt pillow pictures on Pinterest but zero tutorials! So I decided to make one and share my trial run with you. I just used my cell phone to take pictures so please forgive the quality. This was a fairly simple project and it turned out perfectly. It Velcros around the seat belt just how I pictured in my mind, it is a great length, I can get my son in and out of his seat without having to take the pillow off and on each time. Also this doesn’t go inside the belt, so it doesn’t interfere with any seat belt safety issues. AND it doesn’t fall down and leave my son with no head support once he falls asleep! Not to mention, no bulky pillows to keep track of and which ultimately get stepped on or dropped in the parking lot and have to be washed. LOVE this pillow!
I had my son pick from fabric I had in my stash and miraculously I actually had everything else on hand already and I made zero runs to the store.
What you need:
- 16″x 32 1/2″ fabric (give or take depending on how large you would like the pillow to be.)
- 2- 8 1/4″ pieces sof fabric, or 1- 19″x 19 1/2″ piece of fabric of either the same or coordinating/complementary colors/pattern.
- About 15 inches of sew Velcro.
-Polyester fiber fill
-First you are going to iron your fabric… ALL of it. If you want to sew, you better learn to love ironing, it makes measurements more precise, helps keep your fabric from puckering, and just makes it look awesome in general.
-Take your smaller piece of fabric and fold it in half, and… are you ready to go back to elementary school? Fold it hot-dog style, with the right side on the inside.
-Sew a line down the seems, turn right-side out and iron again. Lay and pin Velcro on the outside and sew all the way around.
-Do the same with the other side, make sure you have Velcros where when sandwiched, they will meet.
-Next I rolled the top and bottom fabric and sew.
-Yay! Completed piece.
-Next get your large piece of fabric out. Place small piece (I’m just going to call it brown), a few inches from what will become the seam and pin. Be sure not to pin through to the bottom piece of fabric. I measured 2 1/2″ from the Velcro out and marked with a fabric marker. (I also cut off the white strip with the coloring, etc. off.)
-Sew along the outside of the Velcro, up to the rolled seam, over and down the fabric marker line, and back over the opposite rolled seam to create a sturdy rectangle.
-Fold brown fabric over so Velcro sticks to itself, and fold large (blue) fabric in half, hot dog style :), right side on the inside.
-Sew across the top and down the side. I double stitched this since it will be pulled around and it’s better to be safe than sorry later!
-Turn right-side out and stuff with poly-fill.
- Fold bottom in and iron. Sew across, again, I double stitched this.
-Viola! You are done! My son loves his pillow and used it that very night on a late-night air port pick up.