Nomad Camping Pillow in 4 Easy Steps!

With Summer, just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to put up a tutorial for this camping pillow. These pillows can be made with fleece or flannel. I did one of each, but this tutorial will feature flannel. If you use fleece, there are a few steps you can omit because fleece typically doesn’t fray at the edges.

The case is made with a reinforced flap so you can use any number of objects as your cushion: your clothes, blanket, or even leaves (if your extra rugged).

When you are not using it, you can fold it up, or roll it and store it just about anywhere. This pillow is also great for the frequent traveler, whether by plane, car, bus, train, or whatever vehicle you choose. This little guy is so versatile, you can take it everywhere!

So here is what you need:

  • Sewing Machine (any basic on will do)
  • Thread to match both fabrics
  • Scissors (I use a Rotary Cutter and Mat)
  • Ruler (included in ^ kit, yay!)
  • ¼ yard of flap fabric (I used red)

    Step 1: The flap fabric is cut to 8.5″x14″.
  • ½ yard of fabric for the case (Superman Print)

Step One: Cut Fabric

To start, I cut the flap fabric first at 8.5”x14”.

Next I cut the main fabric to 14”x18”

Step Two: Sew Raw Edges

This is done on ONE 14” side of the flap and on ONE 14” side of one piece of main fabric.

First, I fold the 14” edge of the fabric down 3/4” and iron. Next, that piece is folded down another ¾”, ironed again, and pinned in place. *


Step 2: Iron a double fold in both the flap fabric and the front, main piece of fabric.

This technique creates a double fold edge to ensure the fabric will not fray along the edge.

Next, I sewed along the flap I just created to secure it in place. I chose to do a double seem, simply for aesthetics. You can either do this using a twin needle, or just sew along the edge twice.

I used a double seem along the double fold. See what I did there ;P



Repeat this step for one 14” side of one of the main fabric pieces. There is no need to do more than that. (This part is not necessary for fleece cases)

*If you are using Fleece, the double fold technique is not necessary, but I would still fold and sew a single fold flap on the smaller piece (again, for aesthetics).


Step Three: Sew Flap piece to back piece

To complete this step, I grabbed the back piece of the main fabric and laid it down right side up. Then I grabbed my flap piece and laid it on top, right side down.

Step 3: Sew the flap to the back piece, then clip the corners.

Pin along the edges to hold it in place, then sew along the three outer sides. It is important to switch the thread if you are using contrasting fabrics, unless you want your seems to stand out.

After this is complete, I like to clip the corners so there isn’t bulk when you turn it.


Step Four: Sew Front to Back

Step 4: Sew the back piece to the top piece.

The last step is to sew the front piece to the back piece. To do this, I lined up the bottom raw edges of the two main pieces. This will leave a gap at the top.

I then pinned this together and sewed the outside three edges. It is important not to sew the top edge or you won’t be able to turn it.

Again, clip the corners and then turn the pillowcase through the open end. I like to iron press along the outside seams to flatten it out.



Ta-daa! Enjoy Your Summer!


Fill it up and take yourself a nap! What projects are you working on in preparation for summer?