Kristin Eldridge contributed this fun guest post for us today!
Zippers seem scary. Maybe it’s because you’ve heard of a zipper foot for your sewing machine or maybe there’s just too many seams that are just too confusing! As a small disclaimer, I’m not a professional seamstress. What I’ve learned is by trial and error, so I hope it helps, but it’s probably not the ‘technically correct’ way to do this. But, hey, if I can get you to make a zippered pillow for your home in about 15 minutes, that’s a success, right!?
Here’s the break down:
1. Measure your pillow form. (I like to buy them at Ikea.) If it’s a 20″ square, you’ll add 1/2″ seam allowance on each side and cut out two 21″ squares.
2. Buy a zipper. I like to use the invisible zippers or the robe zippers because they are easy to cut and they come in long lengths, which is great for pillows.
3. Pin your zipper to one side of the fabric, make sure you have right sides together.
4. Sew the zipper to the piece of fabric (doesn’t matter which side you sew it to because you have a square, but make sure the right sides are together.) And if you use a light weight zipper like I mentioned, you do not need a zipper foot for your machine.
**Here’s a tip. As you are sewing the zipper to the fabric, you’ll eventually hit the slider body. Lift your foot and slide that part to the other side of the fabric and keep sewing.
***Here’s another tip. Make sure you stay about 1/4-1/8 inch away from the zipper teeth. If you get too close, your zipper won’t zip!
5. Press this zipper seam. (If you want to get all fancy you can top-stitch this seam. I didn’t do this because I’m about fast and easy, but if you are more about perfection that fast and easy, just top-stitch it.)
6. Repeat the process with the other side. Take the other fabric square and pin it to the other side of the zipper (right sides together.) When you’re finished, the zipper will be sewn to the two squares of fabric.
7. Trim the end of your zipper if it’s too long.
8. Now pin and sew the other 3 sides of the fabric together (right sides together.)
** Here’s yet another tip. Make sure that you unzip the zipper a little bit before you sew the other 3 sides together or you won’t be able to turn it inside out.
9. Turn the pillow inside out and iron the seams.
10. Put your pillow inside and zip that baby up. You did it!