How To: Zippered Pillow Cover – the easy way

Last week I had some fun Free Motion Quilting a pretty vintage tea towel (watch the video here). I was very happy with the result, and this week I’ll show you how I made it into a zippered cushion cover (pillow if you are in the US).
Inserting zippers are usually quite frustrating for me, so I tend to avoid them where possible, but the technique I’ll be showing you today is fool proof.

You will need:
Fabric/quilted panel for front and back of cover
Zipper longer than the width of the cover
Pillow insert
Zipper foot
General sewing supplies

How to:
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Attach your zipper foot.
3. Cut your front panel to size (same size as your insert), as you can see the zipper is slightly longer.
4. Cut your back panel to match the front (I have used wool blanketing).

5. Align your open zip to the edge of the panel, right sides together, then sew as close to the teeth as possible with your zipper foot. Make sure the start and end of the zip overhang at the ends.
6. When you are about a third of the way down, zip up the zipper to a closed position and continue to sew.
7. This is how it should look.
8. Align the front panel to the back one and pin into place, right side facing in.
9. Sew zipper as per step 5 & 6

10. Yay! Zipper inserted without any swearing.
11. Now pin front and back together and stitch along the dotted lines.
12. Take note of how the zip ends are pinned, this will ensure finished cover corners are neat where the zipper meets. Also make sure zipper is open about a third of the way to ensure you can turn inside out.
13. Reinforce the seam over the zipper ends by reversing over it a few times, just being careful that the needle doesn’t hit the teeth as there may be a risk of breakage, especially with a metal zip. Cut off the excess ends and trim any bulky seams. Serge raw edges if desired.

Now turn your cover inside out and insert your pillow insert. Time to make a cup of tea and enjoy your handy work.

Psst! Did you notice the awesome pixelated wall paper in my lounge room? Unfortunately it’s not real, I created it with the magic of Photoshop using a couple of excellent tutorials by Katrina of Pugly Pixel.
To create the pixel texture: PS I Love You: Pixel Blocks
To add the wallpaper: PS I Love You: How to Replace Backgrounds

Katrina is so creative and generous with her knowledge, she inspires me to experiment, learn, and try to create a better blog with every post I write, and photo I shoot and edit. Thanks for being so awesome Katrina!

www.mypoppet.com.au

17 Comments

  • gorgeous pillow Cintia, the colors are fabulous! If you haven't joined SewSet yet, I sure hope you will! And upload a photo of this and some of your other sewing tutorials for the directory!!! Your work is just fabulous :)

    - Jess
    SewSet.com
    MeSewCrazy.com

  • Heidi says:

    LOOOOOOVELY! That flower print actually took my breath away, it's AMAAAAZE!

    Cintia, I did the patches on my kids jeans the other day (yep….I'm not fast at getting to projects) and all 5 of them look so great! cutie little knee circles to pass down to the younger boy.

    You rule

  • Leslie says:

    Thank you! Thank you! How did you know I was sewing some pillows today?!?!?!?
    Whenever I spot down feather throw pillows (I don't care if the fabric on the outside is ugly, I cut it off and throw it away) at Goodwill or yard sales, I buy them to make new covers for. (I wash them, too.)
    I typically just sew the bottom seam closed after putting the pillow slip on, but that means more work when I want to wash or change out the covers.
    I sewed the seams shut because I didn't know how to do a zipper.
    Now I have no excuse!
    Thank you very very much.
    I found this post on Pinterest, by the way :)
    Hugs and blessings to you as you make your home.
    ~Leslie
    P.S. I need to go get some zippers now. :)

  • katrina says:

    your pixelated wall and most of all, your zippered pillow cover rock!! :D

  • Tami Rebekah says:

    Sooo cute!!! You are about to get Bloglovin followed!! ( I always feel a bit creepy when I say that) Love it!!

  • Sunae says:

    I can't even express my appreciation for this tutorial! I love whipping up little cushions for around the house and usually do an envelope back, as zippers just about bring me to tears sometimes haha. So good to see there IS an easy way to insert them :)

  • Is that your wall behind the (neat-o) cushion? It looks fabulous!

    Is there any larger pictures that I could have a peak at?
    Laura x

  • Anonymous says:

    thanks for sharing..

  • Jessica says:

    Great tutorial- you make it look so easy! How do I determine the proper size for my front and back panel? I’m afraid of cutting and not leaving enough overage to fit my insert OR cutting too big and having a loose cover around the insert. Yuck!

    • Miss Cinti @ My Poppet says:

      Hi Jessica, I usually measure the length of the insert sides/edges and cut the covers the same size. I prefer the covers to be a little overstuffed so I don’t add extra seam allowance.
      eg. the insert is 45x45cm so i will cut my tops and back 45x45cm but when sewn with a 1cm seam allowance the finished size will be 43x43cm

      I hope that helps

  • Marinda Ramalheiro says:

    Tx for the inspirational post

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