Lo and behold I found quite a lot of tutorials, even better I found one that had a pattern at the craft site Ucreate. SWEET!! I can't draw to save my life so having a pattern helped me cut the fabric as even as possible. Since my sister lives in Hawaii I tried to find material that would be soft, comfortable, and wouldn't feel irritating against my nephew's skin on days he uses the neck pillow during hot/humid weather. I found a soft plush material with zoo animals on it and the bonus was that it was on sale AND I had a coupon for extra off. I bought a yard of it since I figured I'd make one for my son too and I could also make a practice one as well.
For the first pillow I made I cut it exactly to the pattern I had and discovered while stitching it up that the material is so soft that I had a hard time trying to keep the seams together. Perhaps I needed to change the needle or whatever since I just use the standard needle. Nonetheless, I got it stitched up and ready to be stuffed. I used ultra plush stuffing to make it nice, soft, and comfy. The last procedure was to whip stitch that bugger up which I loathe and could never get right....well maybe never learned how to do it properly before. So instead I just smooshed down opening and stitched it closed with my machine...yeah lazy I know ha ha.
The end result came out alright and needed a few adjustments. So for the pillow I made for my nephew I just added about half an inch extra material to help stitch it up better. This worked out perfectly since I didn't have problems with stitching up the seams this time. I wasn't particularly happy with the way I closed up the first pillow and decided to overcome my dislike for whip stitching. So I referred to a YouTube video and got cracking on closing that pillow up. What do you know? I think I mastered whip stitching ha ha! Pillow #2 turned out a lot better and here it is below.
PLUSH KID'S NECK PILLOW