How To: Make a Quillow

How To: Make a Quillow

Tammy Everts
Jul 7, 2009

To help us ring in Escapes Month, Ohdeedoh reader Holly (of dinosaur play mat fame) wrote in to tell us about a super-cool item she designed for her little boy:

I've been enjoying the posts regarding traveling with children, particularly the idea of a smaller quilt for traveling. Here's what I recently made for my son before a trip to Italy: a "quillow," which is basically a quilt that folds into a pillow. So it does double duty: big enough to cover up with (which came in handy on the long overnight plane ride), but can be packed into a smaller space. In this case, it did triple duty because I designed the quilt to resemble train tracks.

Keep reading to see the unfolded quillow in all its glory, and to get Holly's tips on how to make your own.

Says Holly:

If you google "quillow" there are a lot of tutorials for making them, which I looked at to figure out how big to make the pillow part. The basic steps are:

  1. Make a quilt top using any pattern you want.
  2. Cut backing fabric to the same size. I used fleece but flannel would be nice, too.
  3. Sew the pillow piece to the backing, following any number of quillow tutorials that are out there.

It's more like a blanket than a quilt because I didn't use batting or binding, I just laid the finished quilt top right side down over a large piece of fleece, sewed around the edges leaving about six inches open, then turned it right side out and sewed the opening closed.

I intentionally kept the shapes pretty basic so he could use his imagination (and I didn't want to hear "That water tower/crane/shed doesn't look exactly like the one on Sodor Island!). You could use black strips for the sashing and make a cityscape, or make the blocks "rooms" of a house.

Have you created an original accessory to make travel easier (and, let's admit it, cuter) for your young ones? Let us know!

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