So….my living room had been in serious need of some color. It’s been teal, tan, and brown for awhile…with some green accents…but I’ve been wanting to shake it up with some more colors. I’m pretty sure no one has been hurt by having too many colors in a pillow. Then again….who knows?
well anyways. I found this perfect fabric-Summer Totem Tart by Anna Maria Horner, and got 1.5 yards. Perfect for 2 20×20 pillows with some leftover.
First cut two pieces of your lining and main fabric to the size of your pillow. I don’t add seam allowances, I’ve found that when you cut the size of the pillow it fits better. Just my little thing, but they always fit!
Then baste the lining to the main fabric pieces. I used my serger, but it’s just as easy to use a long stitch on the sewing machine.
Then grab your inv zip.
Then you will iron the zipper teeth flat-do this from the back side, and by moving down the zipper with the point of your iron, pushing it flat. Don’t linger in any spot for too long-you don’t want to melt the teeth! (I use my cotton setting)
Then decide which side you want to be on the bottom. Cause they are pretty invisible, but no one wants to see a zipper pull on the top of a pillow. Tacky!
Then center the zipper on the edge of your piece of fabric. Pin it so the pull is facing down, and the zipper teeth are facing in.
Then using a zipper foot, sew as close as you can to the teeth. Take care around the zipper pull…we’ll go back and sew closer later.
Continue sewing down the zipper, as close to the teeth as you can get.
End your stitches right after the plastic nub, and back stitch.
Then lay out your other piece of fabric right side up, and lay down the piece you just sewed the zipper to. Match up corners and edges.
Then pin the other side of the zipper to that piece of fabric. Zipper pull still facing down. Sew that the same way, close to the teeth.
Then zip up the pull a little ways.
Then sew again near the bottom of the zipper, close to the teeth. This will make it look better there…your stitches will be closer and not as curved out.
Then pin, if you like, and sew around the entire square, starting where the stitches from your zipper left off. At each corner, stop sewing, leaving the needle down, pivot the fabric, and continue sewing down the next side. Make sure to leave the zipper at least partially open so you can turn it.
When you get to the end, match the stitches where they left off on the zipper. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end. Trim corners, turn right side out, and stick your pillow insert in!
See? Pretty darn invisible. Though my zipper end could have been a bit nicer looking. meh!