Whether you’re looking to give your couch a new look or you’re planning to buy some new pillows, you’ll find that you have a lot more options than you think when it comes to choosing fabrics. You can use different fabrics for each pillow, and there are even more options available when it comes to the type of fabric you’ll be sewing the cover with.
- Insert a pillow or pillow form
Adding a pillow or pillow form before sewing a zippered pillow cover can add a different look to your pillows. You can also change the materials you use. These inserts can be made from foam, polyfill, feathers, or down alternative. They are easy to make and allow you to create a pillow in any shape and size.
To begin, you will need to cut fabric to the desired size. Square or rectangular pillows are easier to work with than circular pillows. If your fabric is slippery, you may need to use pins. Alternatively, you can use a regular machine foot to sew straight line stitches.
When making a zippered pillow, you will need to cut the ends of the fabric to allow for the length of the zipper. You will need to leave about a half inch in seam allowance for each side. You can also use a pinking shear to finish the edges. This will prevent the fabric from fraying when you wash the pillow.
Before starting the sewing process, you will need to center the zipper. This can be done by folding the fabric in half and marking one edge of each square. Then, you will need to line up the center pin of the zipper with the mark.
Next, place the zipper right side down on the pillow cover. Then, sew around the zipper, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. You can also trim the excess threads from each side. Once the zipper is pinned in place, the zipper case should be lined up with the basted stitch.
- Add a zipper
Adding a zipper to a pillow cover is a great way to make throw pillows more versatile. This process is simple and can be completed in ten minutes.
To add a zipper to a pillow cover you need a piece of fabric that is at least two inches shorter than the length of the sides. You should also have at least one inch of open space at the end of the zipper. This allows for easy turning of the pillow cover.
You can use a standard sewing foot to sew a straight line along the zipper. You may need to use pins in order to keep the pieces of fabric together.
You should also be careful not to sew over the pins, as this could damage your machine. It is a good idea to backstitch when stitching around the edges of the fabric.
You can also iron the seam open, which will give the pillow cover a nice crisp look. You can also trim the seam allowance from each side. This is a clever trick that will reduce bulk when the pillow is turned inside out.
It is also a good idea to clip the corners, which will help to reduce the bulkiness when you are turning the pillow cover right side out. This is a small detail, but it will make the finished pillow look nice. You should also consider using a turning tool to aid in the smoothing of the edges.
- Make an invisible zippered pillow cover
Adding an invisible zipper to a pillow cover is very easy to do. In fact, it can be a great way to give your decorative pillow a professional look. It also helps prevent fraying of the threads. The pillow covers are also easy to wash.
To begin, you will need a standard 18” pillow. To make the pillow, you will need two 19 by 19 squares of fabric. These should be right sides together. You will then need to sew the two pieces of fabric together. This should be done with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
After you have sewed the two pieces of fabric together, you will want to trim the corners to make them more sharp. To do this, you can use a serger. You may need to use pins as well if the fabric is slippery.
Once the edges are trimmed, you can then sew the pillow front and back together. The sides of the pillow should be stitched with a 1/2″ seam allowance. You should start at the zipper edge and work your way around. Then you should end at the backstitching spot.
Once you have finished sewing the pillow, you can turn the cover right side out. You should also open the zipper to allow it to be turned right side out. Then you can insert the pillow form and stuff the cover.
If you want a smooth finish, you can iron the seam before you close the pillow. In this way, the coils of the zipper will be hidden inside the seam. This will also allow you to keep the zipper in place.
In order to have a nice finish, you can either bast the zipper before you sew it in, or you can sew close to the teeth. However, you should be careful not to sew over the pins. This can damage your sewing machine.
- Finishing touches
Adding finishing touches to a zippered pillow cover is the perfect way to make the pillow look finished and add a little flair. To add a little something special to a pillow you can use piping, buttons or an envelope closure.
You’ll need to start by pinning your fabric right sides together. Once your pieces are sewn, you’ll want to hem all three edges. To do this, you’ll need to use a half inch seam allowance.
You’ll also want to finish the edges with a backstitch. This will help keep the zipper in place. It’s also a good idea to trim off any extra threads.
After you have finished sewing the front and back, you’ll need to finish the pillow. To do this, you’ll need a basting stitch. This is the longest stitch on your sewing machine.
Using a basting stitch is a great way to hold the fabric in place while you’re sewing the zipper. It’s easy to remove once you’ve finished.
The next step is to assemble your zipper. You’ll need a zipper foot to do this. You can install the zipper foot on your sewing machine or you can use a rotary cutter to cut an opening for your zipper. Alternatively, you can hand baste your zipper teeth in place.