Just like most things sewing and quilting, there are several ways to create pillows. You can make pillows that are filled with fiber fill and sewn closed on all 4 sides, or you can make pillows stuffed with pillow forms that have removable covers.
This week, we’re going to offer 2 options for pillow construction. The first one will be placing a zipper on the bottom of the pillow, followed by instructions for an envelope style pillow.
Zipper Pillow by Lovequilting.com
Pillow Front – 19” x 19”
Pillow Back – 19” x 19”
Zipper – 14”
Pillow Form 18″
All seams are 1/2″.
On the bottom of the back fabric, make a mark 2” from each end. Line up bottom of back with bottom of front, right sides together. Stitch a 1/2″ seam from the end to the 2” mark, change your stitch to a basting stitch and baste stitch to the next 2” mark. Change back to your regular straight stitch and stitch to the end.
Press the seam open. Lay the zipper so the teeth are at the seam, within the basted section. Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/4″ on each side of the zipper teeth. With your seam ripper, carefully open the basting stitches to expose the zipper.
Open the zipper half way. Line up the remaining 3 sides and stitch together with a 1/2″ seam.
Turn, press, stuff and enjoy your pillow!
Do you love our Santa on His Way pillow? Click here for a kit that includes the die cut applique and background fabric for both the positive cut (left) and the negative cut (right). Make 2 quilt blocks or pillows.
Envelope Pillow by Lovequilting.com
Complete your pillow front/top as desired. These instructions will accommodate any size pillow. The example provided below is for an 18” pillow.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric the desired size of your finished pillow plus 1/2″, for our 18″ pillow, that would be 18-1/2″. Cut each 18-1/2″ piece the desired size of your finished pillow divided in half plus 2-1/2”, which is 11-1/2″ for our 18″ pillow.
For my example, I used 2 pieces of fabric 18-1/2” x 11-1/2”.
On the 18-1/2” edge of each piece fold 1/4″ twice, press and stitch in place.
Take one piece and with right sides together, place on your pillow front lining up raw edges on 3 sides, with the folded edge towards the center and pin where raw edges meet. Do the same for the other piece matching opposite raw edge with folded edge overlapping first folded edge, pin in place.
Sew all 4 sides with 1/4” seam. Turn and insert pillow form.
Do you love our Hawaiian Hula pillow? Click here for a kit that includes the die cut applique and background fabric for both the positive cut and the negative cut. Make 2 quilt blocks or pillows.
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