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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Hi again Anja! Oooh - the hidden zipper in a pillow. I have thought about making that at least four times in recent memory . . . and didn't do it. Your pillow turned out just fabulous. I love those fabrics you chose, and your quilting looks great. The swirls in the petals look nice and give a bit of specialness. Best of all, your zipper is totally hidden - love the red color you chose, not that it shows. I will definitely try this on the next pillow I make, and will PIN it so I remember it. ~smile~ RoseanneReplyDelete
Your pillow turned out gorgeous, definitely has that special poinsettia look. I have that mini ruler but have not done this block(yet).ReplyDelete
Lovely pillow! That's a great ruler I think because that block is so versatile! You did a great job putting in that zipper. Congrats!ReplyDelete
What a great pillow! And thanks for the link to the tutorial - I'll be checking that out soon! Thanks for all your hard work!ReplyDelete
Stunning.For.me ,sew curves it's a little tricky and I don't like to sew them.Thanks.for the tutorial.ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous pillow! I'm glad you are so encouraging about trying an invisible zipper for others to give it a try!ReplyDelete
Great pillow! I love the poinsettia design. I have yet to attempt putting a zipper into a pillow, but now I will! Thanks for the incentive.ReplyDelete
Got the pattern! I'm looking forward to trying it out for the holidays! Poinsettias come in so many colors these days; you could make several pillows with different variations.ReplyDelete
I love how your pillow turned out!! Very Festive!! Thanks for the zipper tutorial!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the encouragement. This pillow looks awesome! A wonderful addition to Christmas decor, or in other colors, any decor. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Lovely pillow, Anja. I put zippers in pretty much all my pillows! It wasn’t so difficult, was it?ReplyDelete
Beautiful Pillow!! I haven't tried curves..yet..lol Thanks for sharing :)ReplyDelete
Very pretty Anja! Thanks for the info about the zipper. I should make the effort to do on soon!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the pattern links and sharing the beautiful pillow you made! Like you, I've avoided hidden zippers. I'm SEW glad that you decided to be brave and tackle the beast!ReplyDelete
What a great pillow. That ruler makes a fabulous set of curves. Thanks for all the links.ReplyDelete
Such a pretty and festive pillow! I haven't tried a hidden zipper yet, but I hope to one of these days!ReplyDelete
Your pillow is beautiful! Love the pattern.ReplyDelete
What a cute pillow, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I've never sewn an invisible zipper, either. You did such a great job ... this may be the encouragement I need to conquer this skill once and for all!ReplyDelete
Nice poinsettia and great work with the zipper. I'll have to bookmark the instructions. Thanks for the opportunity to win some figo fabrics.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing the pillow project and encouragement with sewing zipper.ReplyDelete
Incredible project...thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Great job on the pillow and the zipper! Thanks for linking to the tutorial :)ReplyDelete
That is a lovely idea, very seasonal!ReplyDelete
Great pillow, but I think I already told you that. Still have not found a project that needs an invisible zipper and therefore have not used one since high school Home Ec!ReplyDelete
Just gorgeous! Love the fabrics you chose and your quilting! xxReplyDelete
Very pretty pillow with that block. Zippers are so much easier now with smoother zips and better machines/tools. Trying something new should be for every quilter.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing your project! I have a box of zippers just waiting for projects.ReplyDelete
Wow love your pillow...The hidden zipper is very much hidden. Great job on that and the pillow...It is just gorgeousReplyDelete
Lovely pillow! Would like to try it in other color ways. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing the tutorial on the hidden zipper. I make pillows all the time and this info is great!ReplyDelete
Another terrific cushion aka pillow! I love this! I hate thinking of December, but I do love the decorating part.ReplyDelete
Lovely pillow Anja! And good job with the swirls!ReplyDelete
zippers scare me! I will have to go look at Suzy's tutorial.ReplyDelete
thanks for sharing your beautiful pillow.
Lovely pillow, thanks for sharingReplyDelete
Such a lovely Christmas pillow!ReplyDelete