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DIY Zippered Pillow Covers

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It’s amazing what a day can do!  I don’t know about you, but when the weather is grey, I feel blue.  Yesterday was one of those days.  But today…  Wow!  The sun was shining with temperatures in the low 70’s!  It was gorgeous!  And I actually got in my car and went places!  I stopped at Habitat Restore (sadly, found nothing today), popped in Lowes to pick up wood for my fireplace redo next week, and on my home I found a new thrift/antique/consignment store called Treasures Express.  WooHoo!!

Next on my plate was to finish another project I had left undone.  My BFF picked up some fabric for her home, but it didn’t work for her.  Lucky me!  I was with her when she bought it and I LOVED it, so I did not mind taking if off her hands.  It’s bright and happy!  I made pillows.

My sectional came with three big red pillows.  Not digging red at the moment.  They had to go.  I make a lot of pillows.  A couple of years ago, a friend and I had a pillow business, and to make our lives easier, we got plexiglass cut (from Lowes) to use as a template.  I used this square plexiglass to cut my fabric pieces.  It works fantastic!  Just use a fabric rotary cutter, using the edges of the plexiglass as a guide.

The advantage to using plexiglass as a template is you can see where the pattern is, knowing what the pillow will look like before you cut.

With right sides together, using 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the bottom edge of the pillow using the longest stitch your machine allows. You can also baste by hand. Iron the seams open.

Laying the zipper face down on the back side of your material, center the zipper with the seam.

Pin the zipper in place.

Using a zipper foot, sew along both sides of the zipper. I used clear thread for the basting and on the zipper. This way, your stitch won’t show. It’s helpful when you have a multi colored fabric.  And  it’s easy to rip out.

When you get to the end of the zipper, keep the needle in your fabric, lift the foot and unzip the zipper a couple of inches. This will allow you to finish stitching to the end of the zipper without landing on the metal zipper.  (And hearing that horrible needle breaking sound! 😉

Turn your fabric over and use your seam ripper to rip out the baste stitch.

Keep the zipper open a few inches before stitching the other 3 sides. Otherwise you won’t be able to unzip the pillow to turn it right side out!  Use 1/2 in seam allowance again.

Snip the corners before turning right side out.

Ta-Da! Finished! Two more to go. I normally to an envelope back for pillows, but trust me, the zipper was sooo easy!

All three finished! Aren’t they happy pillows? 🙂


8 responses »

  1. Is it too late to say I want my fabric back? Ha! It’s ok, I still love you even though it looked better in your house. The pillows look SUPER! I bet they cheer up your living room even on a cloudy gray day. 😉

  2. The pillows look great!

  3. Those are just beautiful! I LOVE that fabric! 🙂

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