Comfortable road trip car pillow

DIY Seatbelt Pillow

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says, and I have a really easy DIY seatbelt pillow tutorial that’s perfect for car road trips. It’s made from fleece, which is perfect to personalize for kids and completely machine washable – you can use up the small scraps from this project and make a fun car activity for kids too! The little pocket can hold a phone or an ipod, so it doesn’t get stuck in the seat cushion.

As always, please use your own discretion in terms of safety – I’ve seen these used with car seats and boosters but be sure to check your manual to make sure you don’t void any warranties!


  • (2) 4.5″ Velcro strips
  • 1/4 yard of 57″ wide fleece (perfect for raiding the remnant bin!)
  • Poly-fill or other stuffing
  • Coordinating thread, machine, scissors, hand sewing needle

Cut fleece rectangles:

  • (2) 26″ X 6″
  • (1) 9.5″ X 6″
  • (4) 6.5″ X 3.5″


step 1

1. Take the 9.5″ X 6″ piece and turn down a short end 1″ to the wrong side, hem. This forms the pocket.

step 2

2a. Take each 6.5″ X 3.5″ piece and fold in half,  sew with 1/4″ seam allowance along one short side down the open long side, leaving the second short end open.

2b. Trim the seam allowance down, turn right side out, and sew the Velcro piece on. Repeat for all four tabs.

step 3

3. Lay one of the long pieces right side up and baste the pocket’s 3 raw edges on to the bottom, leaving the top open.

step 4

4. Layer the Velcro tabs on top of one another to make two gripped pairs and baste them about 4 inches away from the short ends, on the right side of the second long piece. Leave about an inch hanging off each side (hold on to this while basting so it stays straight).

step 5

5. Place each long piece right sides together and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance (I used my serger for sturdiness but this isn’t required). Leave a 2 inch opening to turn right side out, stuff firmly, stitch to close (I used a ladder stitch).

Seatbelt Pillow Tutorial

Voila! No more neck pain or headaches when you take a nap in the car.

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6 Responses to Comfortable road trip car pillow

  1. Hannah says:

    Omg what a great idea!

  2. Ann Byrd says:

    What a great idea…way to go!!!

  3. Barbara Pedraza says:

    Great idea for even short trips . Kids tend to get sleepy even on trips to the store.

  4. Wonderful idea for long trips…….

  5. vicky myers says:

    My kids are always moaning about stiff necks on long car journeys- this is perfect:)

  6. Lori M. says:

    Great little tutorial…This will come in quite handy this summer……

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