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9.26.2012

zippered pillow

My husband's cousin, Crystal, and her husband, Justin, recently asked for my help in redecorating their basement after it was destroyed by flooding last September. I gladly accepted and we've been working on making it a fun, inviting space for their family to hang out. One of the projects I'm helping Crystal with is making new pillows for their existing couch. Since they have 2 kiddos, I knew it would be important to make them washable. This is why I chose to do zippered pillows.
I was flipping through my sewing machine guide book a few months ago trying to figure out how to use my zipper foot and I came across a tutorial on "how to install a zipper". It is by no means a new method, but it has helped me tremendously, and I'm hoping it will help you too. 
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Here's what you'll need to make your own:


a pillow form (mine was 18"x18")
2 pieces of fabric cut 1" bigger than your pillow (mine was cut to 19"x19")
1 zipper - 4" smaller than your pillow (mine was 14")
coordinating thread
seam ripper
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Start by placing your fabrics right sides together. Find the top middle of your fabric and line that up with the middle of your zipper. Place 2 pins in your fabric to mark either end of your zipper (one at the "slider" and one at the "stopper"). You'll use these pins as guides.

Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew from pin to outside corner (on both sides), backstitching to secure your stitches.


You'll now have a big gap in the middle between where your 2 pins were. Run a basting stitch from "pin" to "pin" (use a long stitch length because you'll be ripping this out in a few steps). Your 2 pieces of fabric will now be sewn together at what will become the bottom of your pillow.

Next, with right sides of fabric apart and face down on your ironing board, iron your newly created seam flat (like shown in the picture below).


Place your zipper on top of this seam (face down so the zipper part is pressed against your basted seam). Using a zipper foot, sew in place. 


Once you have sewn around the perimeter of your zipper, flip your fabric over (to the right side) and with your seam ripper, remove only your basted stitch. This will expose your newly created sewn-in zipper.


Now onto the easy part! Pin and stitch around the remaining 3 sides of your pillow (with wrong sides together) IMPORTANT: make sure you unzip your zipper a little bit beforehand so you can turn your pillow right side out.


Clip your corners and turn right side out. Place your pillow form in and enjoy your new pillow (with zipper)! If you're anything like me... you'll go searching through the house for other pillows to cover.





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Note: Here is all I know about the fabric I used for this... Sorry! Hope this helps :)

16 comments:

  1. I am so glad to see someone using the "right" way to install a zipper, by using the basting stitch. It keeps things looking so much nicer! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. Have a nice day! :)

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  2. This could not have come at more perfect timing. We are getting ready to make some zippered pillows this weekend {hopefully} and I was completely at a loss.

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    1. Awesome! I hope this tutorial helps :) After making a few of these covers myself, I FINALLY feel a bit more comfortable with my zipper foot. Let me know how yours turn out.

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial - I have always wanted to try this method. I think I will now!!! amanda @ jedicraftgirl.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks for the info! I have this same fabric and love it!

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    1. Isn't it so pretty!? I went back and bought more :)

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  5. This is so great I featured it on my Top 5 Pins of the Week post! Great work and cute fabric!
    -Nikki
    Come by for a visit at ncmrsdye.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the feature and the sweet comment :)

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  6. I love this idea! I wanted to make a Jack-o-lantern slipcover pillow for one of my daughters throw pillows. This will help so much! Thanks for posting!

    Saw you at Catch A Glimpse

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    1. Have fun! I'd love to see pictures when you're finished :)

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  7. Great tutorial. I will be pinning this one. I would love for you to link this up to my Fall into Fall party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I've linked up a few projects :)

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  8. What is the name of the fabric you used?

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    1. Aimee - I added a photo at the bottom of this post with the info I know about the fabric. Sorry.. I don't have the exact name. I hope this helps!!

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