Sewing a Pillow Cover with a Zipper

Before moving into the apartment, I had made pillow covers with backflaps for two of my pillows. I ordered two pillow covers from this great site because I couldn't find a great fabric I liked to make my own, and she had just the right fabric. But I have one odd pilow that still needed a cover. It's a rectangle and a backflap would have been a little odd, so I decided to make one with a zipper enclosure... 

First measure and cut out your pieces. My pillow was 18x12, so I added a half inch on each side for seam allowance. So I cut two pieces 19x13 and bought a 18 inch zipper.

Sewing the zipper is the trickiest part of this whole pillow. It's actually the only semi-difficult part. With the fabric right side up, place the zipper right side down and line up the right sides of both. Pin down with a few pins to keep in place.

Change feet to a zipper foot.

Sew zipper on, using your zipper foot as a guide. You're half way there!

Placing right sides together, line the zipper with the under fabric on the right. Pin in place and sew just like on the other side.

Congrats you have successfully sewn a zipper! Now, just line up the pieces of fabric and pin in place.

Beginning with a zipper side, sew with a half inch sew allowance along the side, when you get to a corner, put needle in, lift presser foot, and turn the fabric. Sew all the way around!

Turn inside out, and ta-da! A pillow cover is born!

I love the fabric and the pillow looks rather great on my sofa! My opinion on pillows is the more the merrier! Seven on the sofa and chair thus far...

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