More pillows! This post is the 3rd and last in a three post series about how to sew a pillow. In the first post, I covered sewing a basic non-removeable knife edge pillow cover. Next, I dived into envelop closures – a simple way to make a removeable cover. In this last post, I am covering how to sew a pillow with a zipper hidden in a seam. This is now my favorite way to make a pillow cover. I love how basting the seam and hiding the zipper under it turns out great every time. Definitely the easiest way to install a zipper, in my opinion.
As in previous posts, I am using a white mock up with black stitching to showcase my step by step instructions. Below you can find:
- detailed instructions on adding a zipper to your pillow seam; and
- information about adding an invisible zipper to your seam.
Let’s get started!
Hidden Zipper in the Seam
This is definitely my favorite way to add a zipper to a pillow. Once you run through ti once, you will see that it is nicely hidden and looks very tidy (assuming you don’t use strongly contrasting thread for your stitching!)
Here is a tutorial for how I do it.
To sew a pillow with a zipper you need 2 equal pieces of fabric and a zipper shorter than your pillow. I am using 10 inch squares of fabric for my samples and an 8 inch Coat’s and Clark all purpose coil zipper. If you do not have a zipper shorter than your pillow fabric, you can cut the zipper down to size. This is easiest with a basic zipper with plastic teeth. Check out this tutorial on Craftsy for more information.
Press open the seam and place the zipper on top of it UPSIDE DOWN, making sure the teeth of the zipper are resting over the basted section. Pin the zipper in place. I like to open the basted stitches a bit and push the head of the zipper through, to anchor the zipper to the seam a bit.
Invisible Zipper in Seam
An invisible zipper is easiest installed with an invisible zipper foot. It stitches the seam close to the teeth of the zipper (which are rolled inward to keep it invisible). I don’t have an invisible zipper foot, so I usually just add my zipper to the seam, as above. It is possible to add an invisible zipper to a seam without the foot. You need to iron out the seam that rolls the zipper teeth inwards and sew very precisely next to the teeth. I found the whole process a pain. But this tutorial from See Kate Did does a great job of laying out the whole process clearly.
So, there you go, a plethora of ways to finish your next pillow in 3 posts.
You can find the rest of the posts on ways to sew a basic pillow here:
- 7 Ways to Sew a Pillow – Part 1 (Basic Non-removeable Cover)
- 7 Ways to sew a Pillow – Part 2 (Envelope Closures)
Now pull out some fun fabric or make your own unique fabric and let’s get started sewing!