I found this tutorial on Design Sponge that seemed pretty straight forward, so I thought I’d give it a try. The instructions were well written with lots of pictures and I found it easy to follow. I made the first one and was so proud of myself, and then immediately got nervous about making the next one. I guess I’m slow in jumping on the confidence train. By the forth pillow – I wasn’t nervous anymore. I was a confident-zipper-pillow-making-machine.
Here are a few of my tips:
Tip 1: Pre-wash and iron the fabric before cutting and sewing. This is a step I sometimes skip as I’m always in a hurry, but it’s so important because any shrinkage will occur before the fabric is cut and sewn. You’ll be happy you did when you want to wash them later.
Tip 2: Zippers come in lots of colors, but chances are there won’t be a zipper in the exact color you are looking for. My advise is to buy a zipper that is lighter in color than your fabric. Ecru looked good with each color I worked with.
Tip 3: If you can, buy pillow inserts from Pottery Barn or West Elm. They are down filled and really make a difference in the finished pillow. They are not that expensive in comparison to other pillow inserts. A 20″ poly-fil insert at Joann’s retails for 18.99 and even though you can get 40% off with a coupon it just doesn’t hold up well. A 20″ down or down alternative pillow insert from PB or West Elm retails for around $14 – $16 and will keep it’s shape forever or at least a really long time and sometimes you can find a 20% off coupon on line. I’ve bought plenty of pillow inserts from different sources and paid good money, but the Pottery Barn and West Elm inserts are excellent quality, keep their shape and last a long time.
I hope I remember that next time I make a pillow.