How To Make a Pillow With Zipper Closure

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Have you entered the giveaway with Online Fabric Store?  There are so many beautiful fabrics to choose from and I just happen to be the lucky recipient of Braemore Gorgeous Pearl.  I have been wanting to add pillows to the banquette in our kitchen and this fabric was my first choice!  Of course I've been looking at pillows on-line, but decided to make them instead.  I usually let the fabric dictate which kind of closure the pillow has and in this case I went with a zipper closure.  Making a pillow with a zipper closure really is easy so I thought I would share this tutorial with you.

When working with a plain weave fabric, I measure the size that I need and simply pull a thread.  This provides a clean line as a guide for cutting.

Once two pieces are cut the same size I lay them together face to face.  By the way, my pillow is 20 x 20" and I cut the fabric this exact size for a snug fit.

Lay your zipper on the edge of the fabric, centered.  Place pins at the start and stop of the zipper.  You will use this guide for stitching later.

Next, use your normal stitch setting until you get to your pin marking where the zipper will begin (remember to safety stitch).  Now change your machine settings to the longest stitch count (I went from 4-5 to 8).  This gives you more of a basting stitch which will be easier to remove later.  Then continue on the other end with your normal stitch setting repeating the steps.

Iron the seam open so that it lays flat.

Place the zipper face down over the seam lining it up exactly.  Pin in place.

Be sure to use your zipper foot attachment which will allow you to get as close as possible to the zipper.  Begin at one end of the zipper and remember to safety stitch here.  When you get to the other end, you might need to unzip the zipper to allow the zipper foot to get as close as possible to the zipper.  Safety stitch at the end.

Remove the basting stitch and viola!  You have a zipper!  Now all you have to do is continue stitching around the other three sides of your pillow cover using a 1/2" seam allowance.

I always trim the corners so they open nicely when turned right side out.  Press your new pillow cover.

This project takes less than one hour.  When it comes to zippers, practice makes perfect.  Let me know if you try it.

The winner of the Online Fabric Store giveaway will be announced Thursday.  Don't miss it!


  1. This could not have been more perfect. I have not sewn a zipper since I used to make clothes in another lifetime. I need to do this for Riley's room. Thank you so much, Rene! Just have to locate my zipper foot. Hmmm. And congrats on the HB feature. That's incredible!

  2. Thanks for this. I always put zippers in my pillows. Some are better than others!

  3. Well you made that look very easy, but I don't think I'll be trying it anytime soon! Chicken! Etsy pillow sellers can rest assured, I will not be putting them out of business.

    Love that of my faves!!!

  4. OMG, I needed this post!!!! My best friend's mom taught me to sew but we'd always get her to do the zipper for us. I am so excited to try this! Michele

  5. Great tutorial and I LOVE your fabric!!

  6. You make it look easy.....but getting out the sewing machine is the first step! I have always loved that fabric ever since I saw it used in a bedroom with the striped headboard....did you ever see that floating around pinterest?

  7. You make this look so easy! Just the right tutorial I have been looking for, I have been making my pillows with the envelope flaps but ready to try the zipper! Great fabric choice too, I ordered the same!

  8. Thanks for the tutorial. BTW, what is the name of this fabric?

    1. It is called Gorgeous Pearl by Braemore.


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