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travel blanket folds into a small pillow

ellgie | Posted in Patterns on

I am still (see my previous question about sewing travel accessories) hoping someone will know where I can get instructions for sewing that little small-blanket-folds-into-a-pillow , perhaps made out of fleece. Thanks.


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    paddyscar | | #1


    I know this project as a 'quillow', so I did a search, and this is only one of the sites that came up.  Hope this helps.


  2. FitnessNut | | #2

    MacPhee Workshop does a quillow.....try http://www.macpheeworkshop.com
    They make it out of polar fleece - so easy and you don't even have to finish the edges. I think they may have an instruction sheet available.

    1. ellgie | | #3

      Thank you, Sandy and Frances, for your suggestions...I have just spent and hour searching for quillows on Yahoo and have a ton of sites with very explicit directions. Now, perhaps you can suggest a site that will give me instructions for making an under the clothing waist-money-belt.....comfortable please as I have no waist to speak of in addition to being shortwaisted......c'est la vie! who cares I am 55 and happy!

      1. GinnaS | | #4

        I don't have a site for a money belt but you might try Nancy's Notions site or the various sewing machine manufacturer's sites.   They list all kinds of projects with directions.



      2. Jean | | #5

        This site doesn't really give a pattern, but there are enough detailed pictures that might help you to wing it.


      3. kayl | | #6

        How about Ye Olde "pinned to the bra" approach... perhaps a pouch made of t-shirt cotton dyed to match your skintone? Or a neck pouch? Have you looked at the Saf-t-pockets patterns, also?
        http://www.saf-t-pockets.comHere's some commercial products:http://www.rei.com/category/4501758.htm?vcat=REI_SEARCH
        (or if that doesn't do it, search for "travel pouch")

        1. knother | | #7

          Try Mary Mulari's book Made for Travel on page 68 is a fleece Blanket in a pillow.

          Might be to bulky for train travel.

          I have made sevral Shoppers Vests from Saf-T- Pockets patterns. I wear them all the time instead of a purse for shopping & travel.

          Had to take it off to be scanned at the check point --oops metal buttons!

  3. Janiswatsky | | #8

    I have a Simplicity pattern that I can get tomorrow that has exactly what you're looking for.  As a matter of fact, the pattern recommends fleece (which is why I bought it).  I'll get the number and send it tomorrow night.

    1. ellgie | | #9

      Your are a dear! But perhaps it is still in print and I can buy my own copy....the number? Otherwise I will send you my address and be happy to pay you!

      1. Janiswatsky | | #10

        I'm not sure if you already got this message, but I am currently using Simplicity 4745 which has four blanket/carrier options.  Take a look at view D as it makes a blanket with attached pillow.  For transporting, just fold planket into the pillow. 

        I just made one of the views tonight and very easy to follow (I just started sewing againin December).

      2. suesew | | #11

        Carrying a blanket - even a small one sounds kind of bulky. Consider this. When my son was on an extended student trip in the far east with lots of long bus and train rides, I made him a pillow that we "stuffed" with an extra sweatshirt. I simply cut a piece of fleece about 13" x 29", folded it into a square overlapping the extra in the middle of the square, stitched the side seams, turned it right side out and folded up a soft sweater or sweatshirt to the size of the pillow and stuffed the pillow with it. My son said the pillow was the envy of everyone else on the trip and when they arrived at the Great Wall of China, he took the sweatshirt out to wear on that cold day and one of the girls asked to use the pillow as a hat! Simple and functional.

  4. EileenB5 | | #12

    I read once where Donna Karan always travels with a cashmere shawl which doubles as a blanket.  I made one several years ago out of good quality wool.  It is very thin, but warm.  I just purchased about two yards of excellent quality black wool fabric and trimmed the edges in black satin ribbon.  I wouldn't travel without it!!  It keeps me warm on the plane and also doubles as a garment.  Two years ago in Paris I wore it with a pair of black slacks and a cream sweater.  I was stopped three time by tourits asking for directions, they thought I was French!


    1. ellgie | | #13

      Thank you All who have responded to my queries. What a great source of inspiration you are. The "quillow", the shawl/cape, the stuffed fleece, pockets and hidey-hole ideas! I now have plenty of options and feel like I have connected with so many "like-spirits" all over the place. What fun and Thanks once again; this is now one of my "most-excellent" favorite sites!

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        ehBeth | | #14

        I just bought a couple of these quillow thingies done in towel fabric. I'm going to replicate them. Marvellous idea.

  5. JonsGranny | | #15

    I have seen the Pillow/quilt pattern at my local Walmart. It sits on top of the pattern files.

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