Thursday, May 10

Pillow with Zipper Tutorial

I had an old pillow form from Pottery Barn that I used for a pillow in the guest room in our old house.  It is a long lumbar pillow and I decided I was going to use it to make a new pillow for our guest room in our new house.  I was planning on making the pillow how I normally do by hand sewing the bottom to close it but then realized that was going to be a lot of had sewing - the pillow is 36" long.  I hate hand sewing.  So I was determined to make the pillow with a zipper. 

The fabric is something my sister and I discovered while planning my youngest sisters baby shower that is in a few weeks.  I saw it and thought it would be perfect for the room.  In addition to the fabric and matching thread you will need a zipper.  I got an invisible zipper that was 2' long. 

I also was adding piping so you need enough piping to go around the pillow plus an inch and whatever fabric you want to use for the piping long enough to cover the piping by 1 1/2" wide. You sew the fabric around the piping with the right side out using a zipper foot.  See my piping pillow tutorial for better instructions. 

Next you need to cut the fabric.  I always cut the fabric the same size as the pillow to make sure the pillow cover is snug.  My pillow is 14" by 36" long so I cut two 14" by 36" long pieces of fabric.

Next you sew on the piping to one side of the fabric.  You pin the piping on the right side of the fabric with the piping facing in using a zipper foot. The ends of the piping should be at the bottom and you cut the extra piping and overlap the fabric so it looks continuous.

The next part is putting in the actual zipper. With an invisible zipper there is a curl to the zipper so you will need to unzip it and iron out the curl for a snug fit. 

Pin the zipper right side down on the fabric.  Un zip and sew as close as you can to the zipper without stiching the zipper.  If you get thread in the zipper it will not re-close so be careful!

Once you are done close the zipper and pin the fabric to the other side of the zipper. Unzip the zipper and sew the other side of the zipper to the fabric. Then sew all the way around the rest of the fabric using a zipper foot.

Make sure you unzip the zipper a little bit before you sew the rest of the way around so you can unzip the zipper when you turn it right side out.  Yea a zipper in my pillow!

I showed my husband - he was not impressed.  He asked what was so different about it.  It has a zipper!  Husband - Don't all your many many pillow have zippers?  NO! This is a super special pillow with a zipper!

Now it looks perfect on my guest bed.  I love the fabric.  Since my pillow was long and skinny I was able to do one damask pattern on one side and a different pattern on the back.  Now I can switch it when I feel like it.  Now you too can sew a pillow with a zipper. 

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  1. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!

  2. Your post answered my post's question... and our fabrics are kinda similar too. Freaky Friday moment... oh wait, it's Thursday. LOL :)

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  4. Love this tutorial - thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Show and Tell Saturday... Rhonda @home.made.

  5. Wow! this turned out so pretty, visiting from Sew Crafty Saturday at Wildflowers and Whimsy!

  6. Where did you get that beautiful fabric?

  7. The fabric is by Dena Fishbein called Taza in Gray Medallion.

  8. This is so pretty! Love the fabric, and you made it look so easy ;-)

  9. How much seam allowance should you allow for?