I have been meaning to purchase some new throw pillows for our bedroom and living room sectional. I found a few that I really liked online (I live in a fairly small town so most of my shopping is done online), but I wasn't quite willing to pay $30.00 for a pillow. Plus, I need about 6 new pillows total, which would cost me just under $200...which seems a little outrageous for pillows when I would rather spend my budget on more important things.
After reading a few tutorials and watching a couple of You-Tube videos I figured out that making my own zippered pillow covers was really not that difficult and would save me lots of $$$!
I didn't use any special tools or materials to make this pillow case and like I have said before... I am NOT a sewer! I think this throw pillow makes a grand total of 3 things that I have sewn in my entire life. So, if I can do it, you can too!
Click below to get my full tutorial and don't forget about the Giveaway I posted yesterday!
Zippered Throw Pillow
Fabric of your choice -amount depends on the size of your pillow *see note below
A pillow form - can be found at most craft and fabric stores, the ones I used are from Ikea
Pins (you know the kind with the little ball on the end :)
Thread - preferably to match the color of your fabric
An "all purpose" zipper - the length should be about 4" shorter then your total pillow width
and of course...A sewing machine
*If you are unsure how many yards of fabric to buy...I would purchase 1/2yard for a 16" pillow form or smaller, and a full yard if your pillow form is larger then 16" in diameter.
Step 1. Determine the size of your pillow (by looking at the tag) or measuring with a tape measure. Cut your fabric 1" larger then the dimension of you pillow in both height and width. My pillow was 19" x 19" so I cut two pieces of fabric 20" x 20"
Step 2. Take both of your fabric squares and lay them together so that the 4 sides line up perfectly (or in my case sort of perfectly). Make sure the pattern side of your fabric is facing in, so you will only see the backside of your fabric.
Step 3. Center you zipper in the top section of your fabric. Place a pin in the fabric where the zipper pull starts and the metal stop ends...as shown below...
Step 4. Now sew your fabric about 1/2" down from the top edge until you hit the pin (which marks the stopping point). Do this to both sides of your fabric. Be sure to back-stitch a little at the beginning and end of the sewn seam for a stronger hold.
Step 5. Now, iron down the open seam (the same one you just sewed) about 1/2" all the way down the fabric.
Step 6. Place your zipper face down on the newly ironed fold. Pin the zipper down so it will stay in place while you sew it on.
Step 7. Now for the scary part...which is really not so scary.
Sew the zipper to your fabric starting at the edge that does Not have the actual zipper pull. Pull the pins out of the fabric as you sew and make sure to once again back-stick at the start and end. STOP before you get to the end (actually you sort of have to because the zipper pull will be in the way).
Step 8. When you get to the zipper pull, lift up the presser foot and zip the zipper back a couple of inches. Put the presser foot back in place & keep sewing where you left off until you reach the end of the fabric.
Step 9. Now pin around your entire pillow, making sure the end corners meet together nicely.
( I somehow forgot to take a pic. of all of my pins, so I photoshopped them in :)
Step 10. Sew all the way around your pillow (except for the side with the zipper). To do this, start at any corner of your pillow and sew about a 1/2" seam all the way down until you hit the next corner. Now lift up the presser foot (leave in the needle, woops...don't look at the pictures to closely!) and turn the fabric 90 degrees. Then put the presser foot back down and keep sewing. (do this at all corners).
Step 11. Cut the corners of your newly sewn pillow case, but don't cut into your stitch lines. Removing this extra fabric will make your finished pillow case corners look smoother.
Step 12. Fold your pillow case right-side-out and insert pillow form.