A trip to the dollar store last night did not net what our family really needs asap -- a new fly swatter -- but I did come across one of these travel neck supports. Nearly every night for almost four years, I have been up, at least once, in a rocking chair, soothing one of my boys. Sometimes I doze off with my head at some unnatural angle, and I thought this little beauty might be just the thing to keep me upright.
The support was fine on its own, but I figured a washable cover would be ideal. A quick rummage through the scrap bin netted this bit of minty green flannel, cut off the end of a quilt back in its previous life. A couple snips and stitches later, and my neck support is now soft and more hygienic. Here's the basic process in photos.
|Place support on two layers of fabric and trace around shape, adding extra for seam allowance. Pencil crayon worked fine.|
|Cut the shape and pin right sides together. Add a small zipper to outside curve.|
|After zipper is attached, stitch around edge of the support. Make sure the zip is open enough to turn the cover right side out!|
|Clipping the corners makes the seams sit better once turned. I probably should have trimmed the seam allowance a little more, too.|
|Turn the cover right side out and smooth seams. Ahhh, soft & washable!|
If I get really ambitious, I'll attached a loop to secure my neck support to the rocker.