Traveling, reading or watching television may put pressure on your neck and shoulders, making them stiff or painful. Trying to sleep when travelling in the car or on an aeroplane can be uncomfortable as well, whether you go without a pillow or try to use one with a standard shape. When you know how to make a neck pillow, however, you can eliminate many of those aches. You can even make a scented neck pillow that will lull you to sleep or pep you up.
Make a horseshoe-shaped pattern on tracing paper. The pattern should be at least 6 inches wide (15.24 cm) to allow for proper seam allowances, and it should reach around your neck with 1 1/4 inches (3.175 cm) of extra space.
Remove the tracing paper pattern, but keep the fabric pieces pinned together. Stitch around the pillow, leaving one of the short ends open.
Pour the rice mixture into the neck pillow, stopping about 2 inches (5.08 cm) from the top.