Travel Pillowcase for Kids

We travel a lot and part of that travel is taking our kids on camping trips. 

I went to Hobby Lobby last week and spotted this fabric. I had to have some although I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. My bestie came up with the idea of pillows for our kiddos. We picked out some coordinating minky dot and lots of other fabrics to add to my fabric stash because you can’t just buy one or two! 

This pattern tutorial is for one travel sized pillowcase. You can find the travel sized pillows at Walmart. 

  • For the body of the pillow you need to cut 16.5″W x 14″L of your print and 16.5″W x 14″L of your minky dot. 
  • For the band you need to cut 6″ x 14″ of your print and 6″ x 14″ of your minky dot. 
  • For the trim/accent piece cut 2″x 27″

All seam allowances are 1/4″

To start place your body fabrics right sides together and sew up only one of the 16″ sides. If it’s a directional print it should be sideways at this point. It should look like this after you’ve sewn it together. 

Next place your band fabrics right sides together and sew up only one side again. Sew one of the 6″ sides. 

Now take your trim piece to the ironing board and iron in half. Once ironed it should be 1″ x 27″. 

Now to put it together I use the magic pillowcase sewing technique. You can check out this tutorial on YouTube for a great explanation of the magic pillowcase method. 

Place your band on the table right side up. Next place your body piece on top of that right sides up lining up the top edges. Your minky dot on your band and your minky dot on your body piece should be on opposite sides so that they will be on opposite sides of the finished case. (Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this step) Now place your trim piece on top lining up the raw edges with the top. Because minky dot is such a pain to sew with I use clips instead of pins and I clip all those layers together along the top. Now roll the body piece (tightly) up to the trim piece. Don’t include the band when you roll. I clip my roll on each end. Now fold your band up to meet your top and pin it together. 

Take it to your sewing machine and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. 

Now pull the rolled up fabric out through one of the ends (I find it comes out better through one end than it does the other so if you’re having trouble switch ends). You should now have something that looks like this! 

I iron my cotton fabric at this point but be careful not to iron your minky dot since it will flatten your dots. 

Fold your pillowcase in half rights sides together making sure you line up your band and trim pieces neatly and clip or pin together. 
Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance, trim and turn right side out. 

Stuff it with your pillow and hand it over to your excited little one! 


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