Adding an Invisible Zipper to a Pillow
January 22, 2014 in Tips & Tricks
So, now we're going to tackle the invisible zipper (you'll need an invisible zipper about 1" shorter than your cut fabric measurement...so, if I cut my fabric 16" x 16", I'm going to look for a 15" invisible zipper...you can also get a longer one and shorten it)! Last week, I showed you how to do a centered zipper with 1/4" fusible webbing (left pillow in picture below). The pillow on the right has an invisible zipper in the lower seam along side the piping...which is awesome, because: 1. it's hidden so well and 2. you could technically make a 2 sided pillow if you wanted to 🙂 piping (mine has a flower on the front (tutorial to come), so that is what the sewn circle rows are; there is also a stitchline around the entire pillow front from stitching my piping on). Pin the lower edge and baste the entire lower edge with a 1/2" seam allowance. See the next picture for more assistance! Inserting a Centered Zipper Tutorial (so the fabric pieces are shorter), but, you'll want to sew the bottom seam of your pillow as shown below. Baste the entire 1/2" seam allowance first (as discussed above), then stitch a 1.5" seamline on either end. (Note: if you have piping and your corners curve up, you can still sew it as shown below because we'll close and round your corners when we stitch around the entire pillow...tutorial to come). sew straight). 🙂 centered zipper tutorial). Open up the seam allowance and pin one side of the zipper to one side of the seam allowance only. Line the top of the zipper tape up with the one side as shown to the right in the picture below (zipper face down on the seam allowance), pinning the zipper-teeth-fold on top of the ironed crease we made when we basted (on the side with the piping in it, butt the zipper teeth up as close to the piping as you can, still lining it up with the crease that we pressed in it). invisible zipper foot (and in fact, if you don't have piping on your pillow, use the invisible zipper foot to insert your invisible zipper: see step 9 in this tutorial to see an invisible zipper foot at work), but, because I have piping on my pillow, the invisible zipper foot ends up being more difficult. So, my recommendation is the Narrow Zipper Foot. Stitch the one side of the zipper down right in that crease from top to bottom (making sure you're only stitching it onto the seam allowance). Take your time because the better you stitch right in that zipper-teeth-fold, the better your zipper is going to hide (don't stitch on the zipper teeth though...it won't zip)! sew this side on complete from top to bottom (again on the seam allowance only) right next to the zipper teeth.