How to Sew a Zipper Pillow | Spoonflower


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you’ll need a pillow form, upholstery fabric, matching thread, a zipper, fabric scissors,
pinking shears, a seam ripper, measuring tape, and a sewing machine.
For my pillow, I’m using a twenty by twenty-inch
pillow form, cotton print fabric, and an eighteen-inch zipper. I’m using a basic Singer sewing machine
which is perfect for beginner projects. Just make sure you have a zipper foot attachment.
Begin by measuring the pillow form from seam to seam, and add three-eighths of an inch
on each side for the seam allowance. If the fabric has a pattern print, then plan where
the print will fit onto the pillow and cut accordingly. My cutting tip is to use pinking
shears to keep the edges clean and fray-free. Place the right sides of the pillow fabric
together. Sew a basting stitch along the bottom edge of the fabric using a three-eighths inch
guide on your machine. A basting stitch is simply a longer stitch length which holds
your fabric in place until the final stitches are sewn. To make it easy to remove, I’92ll
set my stitch to four. Measure and mark where the zipper will begin on both sides of the
opening. Reset the stitch length to two point five, sew a stitch on both sides of the zipper,
and secure with a reverse stitch. You will do this on both sides of the zipper opening.
Remember to backstitch a little at the beginning and the end to reinforce the stitching. Open
the fabric and place it face down onto the ironing board. Steam iron the seam open to
prep for sewing on the zipper. Place zipper face down onto the seam and pin into place.
Attach the zipper foot to the sewing machine and position the needle to the left. Starting
on the right side of the zipper with an anchoring forward and back stitch, begin to sew around
all four sides. When arriving at the first corner, set the needle in place and continue
to make a clean corner and continue to stitch. Here’92s a tip: back stitch both ends of
the zipper as you sew to get that extra reinforcement. Once complete, trim the threads and carefully
remove the basting stitch with the seam ripper. Open the zipper three to six inches. Place
the right sides of the pillow fabric together, pin into place, and stitch along the remaining
three sides of the pillow, using a basic running stitch. Here’92s a tip: flatten the bottom
seams before stitching to avoid a bulky corner. Trim the threads, then trim the corners of
the pillow with scissors. This will stop the excess fabric from bunching in the corners
once complete. Turn the pillow right side out and gently push the corners out with a
blunt tool. I’92m using a bone tool from my paper crafting kit. Finish by pressing
all of the seams with a steaming iron. Insert the pillow form into your finished cover and
voila! This is a perfect pillow cover for my seasonal decor. It’92s simple to make
and the cover can be removed for washing.
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