Simple pillow cover with zipper

I love adding splashes of color around the house and that usually means making pillow covers.

This is a very simple way of making a pillow cover that would go over a new pillow insert or an old pillow you don't like anymore. The zipper makes the insert easily removable to wash the cover or simply put on another one, say, for a different season.

Step 1: You will need

Simple pillow cover with zipper

- a pillow insert
- fabric
- a ruler
- a zipper (I used an invisible zipper)
- thread
- pins
- scissors or a rotary cutter
- a sewing machine (this could also be done by hand with more time).

Step 2: Measure and cut fabric + zipper

Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper

Plan on 1/4" seams, which means you will need 1/2" more than your pillow measurements.

I cut 2 panels (which means if you wanted to, you could use 2 different fabrics!).

Cut your zipper with and extra inch on either end. I decided to put the zipper on the long end of my pillow.

Step 3: Pin and sew 3 sides

Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper

Right sides facing each other, pin the 3 sides that will NOT have the zipper.

Sew, rounding the corners a bit (this helps avoid the pillow to look like it has horns when we stuff it).

Step 4: Add the zipper

Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper
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Some people like sewing the zipper first, I do it both ways.

- sew shut the ends of your zipper (unless you had a full zipper to begin with, mine came from a roll I had to cut).

- turn your pillow cover right side out.

- pin one side of the zipper.

- using a zipper foot, sew on the first side.

- repeat with the second side, being careful that the zipper will not be crooked.

Step 5: Stuff and enjoy!

Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper
Simple pillow cover with zipper

Chop off your threads and stuff that pillow. Your done!

 
 

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