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Sewing neck pillows - Instructions for a neck pillow

  • Sew neck pillow
    • patterns
    • material selection
    • Nähanleitung
  • variations
  • Various fillings
    • fiberfill
    • Stoffreste
    • Styrofoam balls (and microbeads)
    • foam residues
    • natural materials
    • Finished pillows
    • Kirschkerne
  • Quick guide

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Today, I'll show you how to quickly and easily (or less quickly, depending on the variant) and just make a croissant for yourself, your partner, your kids, grandma and all the other lovely people around you. I would also like to talk in detail about the various filling materials.

Difficulty level 1/5
(this guide is for beginners)

Material costs 1/5
(depending on choice of fabric and size between 0-20 Euro - great remainder use)

Time expenditure 1/5
(depending on experience and accuracy 15-30 minutes)

Sew neck pillow


Today I would like to sew a simple croissant with no special pitches in the child size, so I only need children's patterns. The required seam allowances are already included in all sections.

Here are the patterns as download:

  • Neck Pillow - Sewing Pattern - Adult
  • Neck Pillow - Sewing Pattern - Kids

Tip: You can sew this croissant not only in the given variants, but also make your own pitches to use your scraps. Simply cut the glued pattern apart at the desired locations. At these points, however, you will have to add 0.7 cm seam allowance when cutting, on both sides of the interface. It is best to write this down directly on the pattern on both sides so that nothing can go wrong when cropping!

material selection

Basically, all types of fabrics are suitable, but it is somewhat voluminous with stretchy fabrics. You can use very soft cuddly fabrics or simple cotton woven fabric. Patchwork fabrics are particularly suitable here, as they are of particularly high quality. Of the different types of leather (imitation) I would prefer to refrain, as these substances are not particularly pleasant on bare skin, especially if you sweat, which may indeed occur when sleeping in the neck area.

I chose cotton weaving.

First, I cut the required cut part twice - once for the front and once for the back. Since I sew from cotton woven fabric, I add even 2-3 mm seam allowance extra, as this is omitted by the Endeln (overcasting the cut fabric edges).

Since both sides are equally shaped, you can also use two different motifs and optionally swap the top by simply turning it 180 degrees. This is always good, especially for children.


Now I sew the blank edges. For this I set a wide zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine with a stitch length of approx. 4 mm and sewed it around so that the needle alternately stabs into the fabric and just next to it. Thus, the loose threads are tied to the piece of fabric and the finished neck pillow will thus last longer.

Tip: Some people do not like to hear it, but it really helps a lot: iron it now over the just neat edges. I really avoid ironing wherever I can, but when sewing, I iron extra and you can see the difference in the result - even with knits like cotton jersey!

I now put both cut parts right to right (ie with the "beautiful" motif pages to each other) together and stick everything with 4-5 pins or fix all around with some Wonderclips. At the top I mark myself the turning opening. Starting at one end of the turning opening, I sew first (several pin pricks back and forth) and then sew around the outside with triple straight stitch (for particularly stressable seams) until I arrive at the other end of the turning opening. There is sewn again.

Here, too, can be ironed on the seam again from the outside, but this is not absolutely necessary.

If you want to protect your seams again, attach seam tape along the seam line (0.7 cm from the outer edge). This is a thin insert tape, usually reinforced with a thread in the middle, that can be ironed on the left side of the fabric (the fabric back or the without motif). Mostly it is white. This looks like this for example: seam tape

Now I cut at the narrower outer curves every few millimeters a little bit in the seam allowance, so she later lays nice. Then the neck croissant is turned and can be filled. I use filling cotton. Which materials are otherwise suitable, I will tell later in detail!

After turning and before filling I ironed the seam allowances on both sides of the turning opening inwards, so that later I can see exactly where I have to attach the closing seam and so everything will be even.

When filling, I always start in the places that are farthest from the turning opening and press gently but carefully. As soon as I feel that it is tight enough and full, I close the turning opening from the outside with a magic or ladder stab. How to do that I have already described in detail in my contribution to the Dinkelkissen.

And now your jerk-neck pillow is ready.

Have fun sewing!


If you want to apply appliqué or decorative stitching and other decorations, this is best done after sewing the patchwork parts together, but before sewing the top and bottom together, otherwise they will not be able to do well. Make sure that the decorations are not placed too close to the neck, otherwise they only disturb. At the two ends of the croissants, however, a bow or 3D application can also be nice. Especially with the children's variants.

Various fillings


There are big differences in quality and price. I like to use fine stuffing, so that my projects are particularly cuddly. Especially for the croissant and stuffed animals that is very important. Especially with an object that my children have close to the neck and the face, I attach particular importance to hygiene. My stuffing is harmless and can be washed up to 95 degrees without clumping.

Tip: Pay attention to the washing instructions but also which substance they have used and how this is washable. With cotton weaving, you are usually automatically in the right area. To get rid of the most common bacteria and germs, you should be able to wash at least 60 degrees. In order to keep the colors beautiful for a long time, I also use color detergent as it is bleach-free.


If you also want to use the inner side of the neck rabbit for the remainder of the use, you can now do so. Above all, smaller pieces of fabric with trimmed motifs, which otherwise find no use, can be fed into this project as a filling. Particularly stretchy fabrics are suitable here, as they are crumpled even more soft. When filling I try here, if possible, first with some larger fabric remnants the neck pillow from the inside "interpreted", then can be restocked wild. To avoid smaller and larger bumps on the outside.

Styrofoam balls (and microbeads)

In principle, polystyrene balls also work as a filling for the croissant. In this case, I would sew an extra cover with zipper, which I can take off and wash (add 2-3 mm seam allowance or use a stretchy fabric like cotton jersey). In addition, these beads sometimes dust not so little and they like to load up static, which can lead to a huge mess when filling. Styrofoam balls are so obviously not my case.

foam residues

I have this idea of ​​a bought stuffed animal, where a seam is torn. These are mostly small foam cubes, which are used for filling. With thin fabrics, however, the edges and corners can be pushed outward by the fabric. Therefore, this filling variant should rather be applied to high-pile ("long-haired"), robust plush fabrics.

natural materials

Other fillings such as spelled fur, rice, hay and Co. are only partially suitable for a neck pillow, as they can not be washed. If so, then I would definitely sew extra covers for changing and washing.

Finished pillows

Not very elegant, but quick and inexpensive: buy cushions at Möbelschweden, cut a seam and remove the filling.


Like rice, cherry pits are not a good idea in this case. Apart from the fact that rice should not get wet, he has in common with the cherry pits that he is very heavy and would be too heavy on the shoulders and neck area.

Quick guide

1. Download and print the pattern for the croissant
2. Attach any desired divisions and add NZ on both sides at the new interfaces
3. Cutting (woven fabric for the purpose of cleaning possibly + 2-3mm NZ)
4. Overcast the cut edges
5. Cut parts right to right Plug and sew together (turn up!)
6. Iron in turning edge and cut outer curves in NZ
7. Turning and filling
8. Close the turning opening

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