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Friday, November 14, 2014

Make Pillows the Easy Way!

Making pillows could not be easier! If you can sew a straight line on the sewing machine, you can make these! The first thing to do is to add 1" to the width and height of the measurement of the pillow insert. So for a 12" x 16" square pillow, cut two fabric pieces 13" x 17".

It is easiest for me to use my cutting mat and rotary cutter.









Buy a polyester zipper that is approximately 14" shorter, or you can sew the end to shorten....


The zipper package has instructions on how to shorten a zipper.


Shortening the zipper by following the instructions on the zipper package.



Now lay the zipper face up lined up with the edge of the fabric and pin in place if you want to.


Sew in place as close to the zipper teeth as you can.



I always open the zipper before sewing all the way down so the footfeed will clear the zipper.








Turn zipper as indicated below and lightly press in place being careful not to touch the zipper teeth with the iron.



Now lay the fabric with inserted zipper on top of the other piece of fabric and stitch in place.


Again I stop sewing a few inches from the end and open the zipper so my foot feed will go around the zipper easily.


Finish sewing the other 3 edges leaving the zipper open a few inches so you can turn it right side out.





Turn inside out:



Now cut off the pesky tag on the pillow insert.





Tada!

















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