When I started traveling to quilt shows around the country with Superior Threads, I noticed that Bob and Heather had these cushy little U-shaped neck pillows that they took along on every trip. They'd pull them out as soon as they got on the plane and soon they'd be sleeping like babies while I tried to rest as my head bobbed and fell onto my neighbor's shoulder.
Heather finally let me borrow her pillow on one flight and I was hooked! Filled with microbeads and covered with a soft, plush fabric, the pillow has enough "give" to be soft and flexible while still providing good support. I bought myself a pillow in a handy plastic carrying case and it's the first thing I grab when I go on a trip.
When the handles on the plastic case started tearing, I decided it was time to make a new carrying case something out of fun fabrics that would look better than plastic! And, of course, I wanted some pockets on the outside for carrying my boarding pass and snacks, and room inside for a bottle of water and a book or magazine.
My new pattern Travel Set includes complete instructions for the pillow and carrying case and also includes a bonus pattern for some cute luggage tags.
A hidden pocket on the back of these sturdy 3" x 5" tags holds a business card or other ID card for private and secure identification of your luggage.
I made pillows, carrying cases, and matching luggage tags for all of my family for Christmas. For the gals, I used pretty fabrics. For a more masculine look for the guys, I used black cotton duck. I embroidered their monogram or name on the center of the pocket and used a coordinating colorful fabric for the handles, binding, and luggage tags.
You'll find more information and pictures at my website: www.byannie.com/travel_set_patterns.html.