I've been wanting to try a hidden zipper in a pillow for some time, but I kept hearing that you needed a special foot for your sewing machine and that it was so difficult. I decided it was time to try it and found a tutorial using a regular zipper foot.
First, I needed something to work with, so I pulled out my Mini Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.
And then I had a poinsettia. This is free pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful. I love my Mini QCR and need to start using it more often.
I quilted swirls in the red and green (which you can't see because I matched the threads so well) and loops and stars in the background.
You'll need to head over to Suzy Quilts to get the full tutorial. Using a zipper that is shorter than your block, you baste it in place with the largest stitch length on your machine. I would recommend using a contrasting thread colour. Down the road, you need to unstitch the basting stitches. I made the mistake of unstitching non-basting threads. Ooops...but I managd to fix it with some handstitching.
I would also recommend using a matching thread for your topstitching. It doesn't take very long to install the zipper.
This was an easy technique, and I can't believe I didn't try it sooner. If you're going to sew the pillow sides together without binding, make sure you open your zipper first so you can turn it inside out.
You can see my swirl quilting in the photo below.
I am definitely going to use this tutorial again. I encourage you to head over to Suzy Quilts to get the full details and give it a try.
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