Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pillow Talk - Photo Heavy

Zippers should never intimidate you again.  My friend M has given me a few lessons on pillow zippers.  Every time I go to make a pillow, so much time has passed that I need to invite her over to teach me all over again. I had 2 Hallow'een pillows that didn't make the timeline but I vowed to have them done by years end.  After we got the first one done, I knew I had it.  But just in case, I thought I would do a tutorial when I made the second one so I will have it to reference back to.
Here it goes........and of course you can email me if something isn't clear!

Start with a backing that is a few inches larger than your pillow top.
Pillow top has been quilted onto a piece of Warm and Natural

Cut the backing in half where you are going to put your zipper.
Take the top half, and on the cut, fold over 1/4 " then press and hem.

Fold over a generous inch, this is going to be the cover of  your zipper.

Get out the glue to make this part easier.   Put the zipper right side down and line it up to the top of the fold and eyeball the center of your backing.

I use a small amount of glue as it's so much easier than pins.
You are going to work on the bottom of the zipper, and I found it best to open up the zipper a bit to start the stitching.
You can see my stitch line.  After I've sewn part way, I stop with the needle down, lift up the presser foot and then close the zipper.  This makes it easy to finish the sewing line.
You can see I've sewn right to the end of the zipper here

Next you take your bottom half of the pillow back and along the cut edge, turn under about 1/4"  You can see I'm holding the "flap" that I just stitched out of the way so you can see the zipper.


I've lined up the folded edge of the bottom half so it butts right up against the zipper teeth. and have lined up the side edges.

Again, here comes the glue.  It is so helpful with this project.

There is no need to pre stitch this hem, as it gets sewn down when you attach it to the zipper. I do place a couple of pins to keep my edges lined up.

I'm going to start sewing from the far left and I pinned the beginning of the zipper

Here we go with the stitching.  If you are a Pfaff owner, you can appreciate the funky foot.  Geez, it took me forever to figure out how this darn thing worked, I finally has to go online and realized I was putting it on backwards!!!

Again, I start with the zipper open, stitch part way, stop with needle down, lift up the zipper foot and close the zipper.

Stitch right to the end of your fabric

Now you need to back tack the ends of the zipper.

This is done on both ends of the zipper.

Now you have a zipper in the center of your pillow back.  The next part is how I like to finish my pillows

Basic quilting on the top of the pillow, just Warm and Nat.  You can line this, not use batting, whatever your choice is on this part.

Then I put my backing wrong side up, and put my pillow top right side up.  (Wrong sides together)

Then I attach binding to the pillow top side and turn it, hand stitch it to the back,  just like a quilt.


And there you have it, an easy way to put a zipper in a pillow case. Now I'll be ready for Hallow'een 2014!!

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving with family, laughter, and leftovers.

Last night we got one room decked out for Christmas at my sweetie's house, lights are up, radio was playing carols and we sat and enjoyed the night with a log on the fire until 1 a.m. last night. 
Life is GOOD



Carole in Nebraska said...

I discovered the "quilt binding" technique for finishing pillows about a year or so ago and it was one of those "DUH?!?" moments. Why hadn't I thought of it? (For the same reason I didn't think of a thousand other handy-dandy tricks of the trade LOL) No more rounded corners and so professional looking. Thanks for the tutorial; hope many others see it and pick up on this great idea.

Janet O. said...

I've had my Pfaff for about 8 years and I still get out my old Viking to sew in zippers. I swear whoever wrote the Pfaff manual didn't speak English. They describe one foot and picture a totally different one. I could never make sense of the directions and I am embarrassed to admit that I never thought to look up an online tutorial. Thanks for that idea, and for the great tutorial!

Nancy said...

Great tutorial. What did I ever do before Roxanne’s glue came along. I use it for everything.

Lori said...

Great tutorial! I have made pillows with a flap overlapping in the back so I can remove it and wash.
Happy December!

Mimi said...

Sharon, your Halloween pillow turned out great. I haven't forgotten about doing my cats. In fact, last week I bought some more fabric for that project. One day soon I will be getting to things just for me and this will be at the top of my list. Glad you had an enjoyable evening with your significant other. ;D