DIY Seat Belt Pillow

*Disclaimer: If using a pillow inside a vehicle concerns you, don't do it.*




 Items Needed:
2 - 26" x 6" pieces of fabric
Batting
6 - 9" pieces of ribbon
I used cotton polka dots on one side and minky on the other but you could use all fleece or just cotton....whatever you have on hand.

Begin by cutting your fabric. Then pin the two sides together (rights sides facing each other) to prepare it for sewing. Place the ribbon equal width apart, 3 per side.


I choose to sew my ribbon with my fabric, but you could always hand sew your ribbons on later if that is easier for you.
Start sewing at one of your side ribbons and sew completely around the fabric, leave a 3-4" gap open where you can put in your batting. Turn the fabric right side out.

Stuff with batting then hand stitch the hole closed, you're done!

37 comments :

  1. thanks for the tutorial! i have a little one that falls asleep the second we hit the highway... this will be perfect for her.
    tanya

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  2. I'm having trouble figuring out what you do with the ribbons. How do you tie them on to keep the pillow in place?

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    1. It works best with a standard seatbelt (not a 5 point harness). You simply tie the ribbons together around the seatbelt. I usually only need to tie one or two for it to stay. In the carseat I'll tie the middle one but leave the other two loose because the car seat sides hold onto the pillow. It just depends on the size of the person, type of seat etc.

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    2. I should probably mention the photo of my son sleeping, NONE of the ribbons were tied. I just reached back and tucked the pillow under his head, then snapped the photo.

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    3. Gloria Stewart27/8/12 1:35 PM

      This is great. I will be making these for my grandkids. thanks for the idea!!!

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  3. I think this would have come in handy when I had THREE in carseats! LOL I think I would use velcro on the ribbons or even cotton webbing with velcro to strap it to the seat belt, but I like things that are quick and easy. I LOVE this! I think I know what my daughter will be receiving in the mail for her two! : ) Donna-Sew Much Fun

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  4. Thanks so much for this idea!!! How perfect for a upcoming road trip!! I made 4 last night in about 2 hours. I will put velcro on the ribbon, making it easier for my younger ones to fasten it on their seatbelts! :)

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  5. this is such a great idea, since I have to get my toddler in the middle in the night when I get off work, and he still needs to sleep comfortibly in the car!

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  6. Thanks for the tips, can you tell me if you can wash this pillow? And forget about people that are totally over the top crazy about safety. People just can't wait to gripe about something.

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  7. Tanks for this tutorial, could anybody tell me what kind of filler has this pillow? I am planning sewing one of this but nobody mentioned the filler

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    1. It was under the Items list: Batting. Basically the polyfill you'd use to stuff a pillow...or if you have an old pillow that you don't need open it and reuse, save yourself a bit of $.

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  8. I wish there was a way to modify this to fit a car seat. I've got a Britax seat and my child will be in it until 100 pounds and that's a long, long, long time for away.

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  9. I just made two of these and they were SOOOOO easy! I used ALL left over fabric and they are ADORABLE!
    I didn't have a lot of fleece, so I used baby blue fleece for the "front" and some bright teal cotton fabric for the "back". (I think they'll like the bright colors)
    For the "ribbon" I ironed 2 inch strips of the cotton teal fabric and used a bright orange thread. (I was using up left over bobbins and orange thread) I sewed a straight stitch, then I went back over the straight stitch with a zig zag stitch for decoration. I originally planned on turning the ribbons inside out so you wouldn't see the seam, but I didn't have quite enough room to "turn" them, that's why I went back over with the decorative zig zag stitch - turned out to be a great choice. I trimmed along the rough edge with a pinking shear.
    I attached them like you did - when I sewed the front and back together, and I must say I am awful proud of myself! I even went back and did a double stitch over the ribbons for extra security.
    I can't wait to give these away as gifts to my nephews!

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  10. Thank you for the tutorial. We take a road trip almoat every year with my kids and these will be great!

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  11. Why didn't I ever think of making one like this? I always take a little pillow on our trips, but it keeps falling off. This is the perfect solution!
    Thanks again!!
    Anjana @ http://happyandharried.wordpress.com/

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  12. Thanks so much for the simple tutorial! We travel a LOT and this will certainly help our little ladies be a bit more comfy in the vehicle! I just whipped up three tonight and we head out on a trip in a couple days! Thanks again!

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  13. Amazing cute baby and wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing! My grandbabies are preparing for a super long road trip, so these will fit the bill! Thank you so much for sharing! I'll be pinning this wonderfully easy and useful pillow!

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  14. Thank you for this tutorial! I am definitely NOT a seamstress and I made two of these for my older boys in just an afternoon. They definitely weren't perfect in my eyes (I am horrible at cutting & sewing a straight line!) but my boys can't wait to use them on our upcoming road trip!

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  15. can you tell me the name of this polkadot fabric? looks awsome!

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    1. I don't know the name it was from Hobby Lobby. They don't carry it any longer but I bet it would be on etsy. Try searching for colorful polka dot fabric or something similar.

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  16. Stupid Question: Are these two 26 by 6 pillows tied together or just one 26 by 6 pillow?

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    1. Just 1, I made two of these for my kids. But each pillow is just 26"x6"

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    2. Thank you for both your fabulous tutorial and the quick response to my question! (And for whatever it is worth, I am sorry you apparently had some negative (really stupid) comments from people about your child's safety! Just know there are "normal" people out there that really appreciate your ideas, talents, and the time you spent putting together really great tutorials like this one! Thank you from the normal people! :) )

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    3. Thank you ;) yeah there have been a few problematic commenters. Comes with the territory but decided it was probably best to put up an explanation, so far no more problems! Love hearing from fellow 'normals' though ;)

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  17. This photo is ALL WRONG! A child with a 5-point harness on in a seat would not also have a seat belt on. The seat belt would be used to attach the car seat to the car's seat. This is sending a bad message to parents - most of whom do not install car seats correctly in the first place.

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    1. Where did you get the idea that the pillow is used on a regular seatbelt OVER a 5 point harness? There are NO photos depicting that nor any written instructions to do so. Please in the future read the content more carefully before commenting.

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    2. Most cars now days have LATCH in which case the seatbelt isn't needed to secure the carseat to the car. Latch is actually safer than the seatbelt! I love when people pass judgement without knowing anything! I'm looking forward to making this for my kids!

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    3. Wow! What a ridiculous assumption! Even if there was a seatbelt going across the front of the carseat... ever heard of LATCH? All cars in about the last 10 years have it! Goodness!

      On a brighter note, I'm looking forward to making 2 of these, thanks for the great idea!

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    4. If it was on the seatbelt, even if the restraint is secured with latch, that would be highly unsafe in an accident. I first thought the seatbelt was going across the child as well, until I read more. Super cute idea, not so sure about the safety of it.

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  18. Great tutorial! I just whipped out 4 for a trip to Disneyland tomorrow!!! Thanks from my kiddos. :)

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  19. Need to make one of these tomorrow night...too late tonight. But really, how can people gripe about this? It is merely ribbon tied around the belt. There's nothing that could possible be compromising the belt or it's holding of the child. Nothing is tucked between the child and the belt/harness. Unreal!

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  20. Great idea! Could have used it many times , but moving forward, my grandkids will be receiving some! Thanks so much.

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  21. There is nothing wrong with this. If you have safety concerns consult the two finger rule - don't know what that is, then you don't have any idea on how to install and use a car seat properly anyway & you have far bigger problems then a pillow (and are a hypocrite). If the small virtually non-existent ribbons don't impede the proper tightening of the harness or lay of the seat belt or impede the function of the seat belt (yah know how a seat belt locks) then it's safe. This doesn't impede any of those. If your child is so little as to be able to suffocate (like still in a rear facing carry type car seat) then don't use it, pretty simple see. This is meant for children that are using a front facing car seat, booster, or seat belt so honestly the suffocation thing shouldn't be a problem. A little common sense would go a long way people, use it and stop being trolls on perfectly awesome ideas.

    Thank you for this absolutely lovely tutorial and ignore the internet idiots that think they're the safety & parenting police. They're simply ignorant and misinformed. Poor things.

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  22. I am going to make 3 of these today for our 12 hour trip to Alabama!! This is a great tutorial thank you so much.

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  23. Super idée, j'adore! Merci pour les explications et l'astuce.

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  24. Great idea! Any chance it would work to hand-stitch the whole thing? Not sure I want to "fight" with my machine (it's old and hasn't been used in a while), but love this idea for our upcoming trip! If hand-stitching won't work, maybe I'll go borrow a friend's. :)

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  25. Thank you!! Great tutorial :) I'm going to make small straps with velcro instead of the ribbon for ease of use. Now, which of the 100s of fabrics I have should I use for this? lol :)

    And yeah, there is no safety hazard with this. If the pillow was under the seat belt with the child it would be dangerous but as is this is as dangerous as letting your kid hold a teddy bear in the car. And I'm a stickler for car seat safety!

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