Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Adding A Zipper To My New Pillows

The other day I showed you some of the fabulous new treasures I found for my summer decor in the family room.  I love splashes of color and when you find pillows in the right fabric and the right color at 2 for $19.99, ( Home Goods ) well I can't make them for that.  However one thing I really dislike is the fiber filling they stuff them so full of.  This makes them really hard and not comfortable to snuggle to.

The orange geometric is my new one that I need to add a zipper to.  I've already added one to the floral one.
You can see that post here, however you all asked for a more detailed post on adding the zipper, so I thought I would give you one as I redo the orange geometric.
Orange and white color scheme

 You can see where they sewed the bottom together after all the stuffing was added.  You just need to snip all that stitching and open it up.
Adding a zipper to a pillow

 This is what you will find.  Tons of green poly fiber fill.  Stuffed really, really full.

 A whole tall kitchen garbage bag full out of one 18 x 18 pillow.  No wonder that thing was so hard.

 Now you can clearly see both seam allowances.  Turn the pillow inside out and sew the zipper close to one seam allowance fold, then unzip the zipper and sew the other side the same way.

   Turn the pillow right side out and you are done.  This is really so easy.

 There you have it, a zipper enclosure so now we can insert a down feather pillow insert and it will be so comfy to snuggle up to.

See how nice it looks with the feather insert and you can even do a karate chop if you want.

  Now I just need to get it all put together for a new summer look.

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  1. Great job, Marty. I much prefer the down pillow inserts. I love those colors and patterns!

  2. I agree with you; down feather inserts are so much nicer than the artificial polyester fill. Nice!


  3. Awesomely timed article, as I just bought some new pillows today that definitely need a zipper! Thanks!

  4. What a great job Marty! I love the colors.


  5. Smart Lady! Love the fabric! off I go to read more!

  6. Great idea, Marty! Sometimes those pillows are stuffed too full and not very comfortable at all. I like this because you can also easily clean the cover if needed by removing the insert.

  7. Love this idea! Your new pillows are beautiful. Love the fabric!

  8. Marty the space looks fantastic! Truly a perfect color palette.

  9. Fabulous idea...also am crushing on the beautiful yellows...just prefect for summer!
    XO Barbara

  10. That's awesome. I hate the fiberfill pillows too. I prefer a nice soft down insert.

  11. Perfect! I saw similar pillows in Bed Bath and beyond and wanted to get them for our outdoor space, is that from there?

    1. No, I found these at Home Goods. These would be perfect for outside if they were in an outdoor fabric.

  12. I must say, you amaze me with each and every post, Miss Marty! Love what I learn when I drop in for a visit! Thank you!

  13. What a great tip, Marty! Love that yellow and white! Such a pretty and fresh color combo for the warm weather months!

  14. It instantly made your pillow look more expensive! I also like the fact that you can take if off and clean it now too. All pillows should be like that. Thanks for the tutorial.

  15. Those colors and patterns are my favorites! Until now I never considered down inserts. Thanks for the idea!

  16. Great idea Marty - now it resembles a down pillow instead of an overstuffed polyester filled one! Such great pattern:)

  17. So smart Marty! I love the down inserts too. The $6.99 down inserts from Ikea aren't available in our area anymore. I will have to make my own from down pillows. I'm going to need a few for our mountain cottage.

  18. You are so clever Marty!! I have a few pillows I'm going to do this too!

  19. Thanks Marty I am not afraid of zippers anymore!

  20. Pillows certainly can brighten things up! Love the color and project. Blessings, Catherine