DIY Textiles and Sewing

How to Make a Pillow With a Zipper

August 19, 2016

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Hello again, DTLB readers! I'm Jen, and I blog at Fresh Crush.  Today I'm here to teach you how to make a pillow with a zipper.  Trust me, you can do it.  It's really not that complicated, so don't be scared away.

Fresh Crush

Last time I was here I showed you my DIY Drum Shade Upgrade. This time around, I'm working with that gorgeous buffalo check fabric again, and making some zippered pillows. I made these pillows in my daughter's bedroom design, and you can take a look at that entire makeover here.  Now, I'm read to teach you how to make a pillow with a zipper, so let's get to it.  This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

How to Make a Pillow With a Zipper

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

My personal preference is to work with down-filled pillow forms — they are great for getting that crisp karate-chop shape when styling your space. I found mine at Ikea, and they were a very reasonable price as compared to some fabric store brands. I like to measure my fabric to the exact size of my pillow form, and then add 1 inch (on all sides) for seam allowance. For this project you'll need two pieces in complementary fabrics, for a two-sided pillow.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Materials Needed:

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

This is a zipper foot and it is really important when you are learning how to make a pillow with a zipper. I had recently purchased my Singer sewing machine and it came with one, and admittedly I had never used one before. But have no fear, if you've never worked with a zipper foot before, it is your friend! I absolutely love working with it and I will never go back. When we get a little further along, you'll see it in action and why I love it so much.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step One. Let's attach the zipper! Take one piece of your fabric and on the edge you would like to attach your zipper, press the seam allowance up onto the wrong side of the fabric (or to the inside of your pillow).

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step Two. Pin your zipper in place. Center, and line up the edge of your pressed fabric with one side of your zipper. The fabric fold should just kiss the actual zipper. Pin to the wrong side of the pressed fabric with the zipper facing down. This will put the right side of the zipper, with the right side of your fabric.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step Three. Attach your zipper foot to your sewing machine. On my particular sewing machine, there is a little arm at the back of the machine that releases a little hook that grabs and holds the bar on the zipper foot and holds it in place. You can choose to have it on the right or left side depending on which direction you're sewing on your project.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step Four. Line up your pinned zipper and fabric with the zipper OPEN. You'll notice the unzipped zipper slides right underneath the zipper foot allowing you to stitch immediately beside it with no fear of accidentally stitching over your zipper. Stitch the length of your first pillow edge to hold the zipper in place. Prepare your opposite piece of fabric in the same way, with the pressed seam allowance.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Now you should have something that looks a bit like ^this. This is the view from above of the two “right sides” of fabric showing, with the zipper attached to the first side, right side facing up.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step Five. Zip up the zipper. Take your second piece of fabric and butt the pressed seam up against the first piece of fabric already attached to the zipper. Pin in place. This view is everything facing up on the “right-sides”.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step Six. Unzip the zipper. Switch your zipper foot to the other side, and sew this side of the zipper in place, just as you did the first side.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

This is exciting! Now you've attached your zipper!

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step Seven. Flip your fabrics right-side to right-side. You should now be looking at both the wrong side of your fabrics and the wrong side of your zipper. Double check your pillow form measurements, and transfer those measurements to your pillow. You have one completed edge, so you only need seam allowance on three sides. Pin along your sewing line on three sides.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step Eight. Sew along the three remaining edges, with your zipper opened slightly (this will allow you to fully unzip it from the wrong side in a minute). Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step Nine. When you're done sewing, trim as needed. Now, unzip your finished pillow case and flip it right-side out.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Step Ten. Stuff your pillow! Yay, you're almost there! Hand-stitch across your two sides just beyond the top and bottom of your zipper to add durability and avoid any gaps that may have occurred between the edge of the actual zipper and the tape it is attached to.

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

You're done!  Now you know how to make a pillow with a zipper!  I told you it wasn't that complicated :)

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

I am a total beginner when sewing zippered pillows, so if I can figure it out, I know you can too! Keep your seam-ripper handy for any little mistakes and you'll do awesome! Let's take a peek at my pillows in action, shall we?

Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

I made a total of four pillows for my daughters room this way, and they were all a success, and they're holding up great with everything my five-year-old puts them through… forts… hopping lily pads… pillow fights… it's all good!Finally a tutorial that teaches how to make a pillow with a zipper that makes it look easy and that MAKES SENSE! I can't wait to try it!

Making all the pillows two-sided totally opens you up to being able to switch the feeling of your decor at a simple flip of the pillow. So much bang for your buck when you're putting all that work into making a beautiful pillow anyway, right?

If you liked this project, you might also like to check out these projects over at Fresh Crush!

My Kitchen Remodel

stove-P-white-kitchen-reveal

My DIY Initial String Art initial-string-art-monogram-final

 

 

+ show Comments

- Hide Comments

add a comment

  1. Anne says:

    Can’t wait to try to make some pillows using this tutorial!
    Wondering where the twin beds are from?
    Thank you!

  2. […] is a quick hello to let you know you can catch me over at Designer Trapped this week! Have you ever wondered how to sew a pillow with an attached zipper? Well, I’m […]

the affordable alternative to an interior designer

Designer in a Binder®

learn more

Browse By Room

Looking for room inspiration? Or for posts about a particular space in one of our homes? This should help!

Living Spaces

Kitchen

Dining Room

Bonus Room

Entryways

Laundry Room

Hallways

Bathrooms

Closets

Outdoor Spaces

Bedrooms

Kids Rooms

oh la la!

Overwhelmed by picking paint colors?

You NEED this free guide!

In this guide, I reveal the simple trick to understanding paint chips so that you can pick the right color the first time!

Get Our Free Guide to Kicking Ass on Social

Taiyaki occupy farm-to-table swag fashion axe four loko. Church-key palo santo selvage helvetica iceland tumblr.

GET THAT DOWNLOAD

Email

Name

"Margi's guide was kick-ass indeed and quite literally changed how I show up on social." - Jen Olmstead

oh la la!

I'm Tasha! If you love...

more about me

hey there!

color
DIY projects
ignoring trends &
stretching your budget

then we were meant to be friends.