Travel Pillow Cover and Essentia GIVEAWAY!

Congratulations to Linda for winning the travel pillow! This post is sponsored by Essentia, but all opinions are my own.  I'm never without an opinion on pretty much anything.

My husband and I have been casually shopping around for travel pillows for a while now.  We have that long trip to Italy coming up in the spring, and we'd like to make it as comfortable as possible.  We haven't purchased anything yet, because it's been very difficult to make a decision.  Do we want something cheap in case we lose them, but sacrificing comfort?  What about inflatable pillows, so we can easily store them while we travel?  Well, thanks to my recent partnership with Essentia, the problem is solved.

Essentia sent me this pillow, called the Traveler (and also one for one of you – more on that in a few moments!), and it's everything you'd want it to be.  It's made from memory foam, but not just any – this is made using hevea milk (rubber tree sap), making it a natural product.  It's just the right amount of soft and supportive, and it can be squished to fit into a rather small space for storage while you travel.  It's made by our Canadian friends to the north, using no animal products.  I love everything about it.  My husband tried it out, and I'm surprised it hasn't disappeared yet.  I keep expecting to look over at the couch and find him sitting there with it around his neck.

Essentia Pillow Giveaway
Essentia Pillow Giveaway

I think the only thing stopping him was the cover.  I like it, and it's made from organic cotton, but I think he was looking for something a little more masculine.  That was an easy fix.

This Essentia pillow measures about 10 1/2" across and 3 1/2" tall.  If you're using this pattern to make a cover for a different size of pillow you'll need to make adjustments.  To make this cover you'll need:

  • this pattern
  • 1/3 yard knit fabric for the top and bottom
  • 4" knit fabric for the sides
  • 10" zipper

Cut two pillows from the first fabric, and a 4 by 53" strip from the second.

Supplies for travel pillow cover
Supplies for travel pillow cover

Cut one pillow piece at the dotted line on the pattern.

Cut one piece at dotted line
Cut one piece at dotted line

Fold the two cut edges under 1/4" and press.

Fold cut edges under
Fold cut edges under

Flip over so the folded edge is underneath.  Pin the upper folded edge on top of the zipper, 1/4" from the center of the teeth.  Sew close to the fold using a zipper foot.  Repeat on the other side.  Trim the zipper ends even with the edge of the pillow.

Zipper sewn in
Zipper sewn in

Pin the short ends of the long knit strip right sides together.  Stitch.  Pin the long strip to the edge of the zippered piece with right sides together.  Lots of pins.  This is where it's nice to use knit because it gives you a little flexibility when you're matching them together.

Adding side
Adding side

Stitch all the way around the edge.

First side added
First side added

Unzip the zipper at least halfway so you can turn it right side out after the next step.  Pin the remaining side edge to the zipperless pillow.

Adding remaining side
Adding remaining side

Stitch all the way around.  If your fabric is likely to unravel you'll want to finish the edges with a zigzag stitch.

Side added
Side added

Turn right side out through the zipper.  Insert the pillow.

Inserting pillow
Inserting pillow

Zip it up, pack a bag, and you're ready to go!

DIY Travel Pillow Cover by Crafty Staci
DIY Travel Pillow Cover by Crafty Staci

Now, about that giveaway…Essentia graciously sent me a second Traveler pillow for me to pass on to one of you.  You even know how to make a custom cover for it!  The retail price for this pillow is $89, and it would make a fantastic gift for that traveler in your life, if you don't decide to keep it yourself!  Here are the rules:

  • Open to the United States only, with my apologies to my international readers.  Postage – ugh!
  • Giveaway will be open from November 16 to November 22, 2016 at midnight.
  • To enter, tell me where you'd travel with your new pillow!
  • Winner will be contacted on November 23rd.