DIY Pillows: 3 Types of Backing

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in Quilting, Sewing | Comments


Quilted pillow covers are so fun to make! Not only are they quick sewing projects, they are very functional.

When making a pillow cover, some people like to make the cover so that it is not removable. The top is sewn together, the pillow insert is stuffed inside a small opening, and then that opening is sewn closed

Another option? Make it removable! It does take a little bit more time to make, but it is completely worth it. Not only can the pillow cover can be easily taken off and washed, it’s also easy to switch covers and update the decor of the room.

Do you want to make your pillow covers removable? Here are three great options for you to try!

Envelope closure

This is the easiest option to back a removable pillow cover. The back of the pillow resembles an envelope, just like it sounds. The backing consists of two pieces of hemmed fabric that overlap. This creates the opening where the insert is tucked inside. Be sure that the extra fabrics overlap each other by approximately 4” so that there is no gapping and the insert does not show.

The most time consuming part of the envelope backing is hemming. The center sides of the two backing pieces need to be hemmed before they are sewn to the pillow front. If you would like to eliminate that step, try using the selvage edges of your fabrics for this part since those ends are already finished.

Quilted Pillow

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To learn how to make a pillow with an envelope closure, check out this tutorial by Katy of Monkey Do.

Invisible zipper closure

Finish your pillow this way if you want it to look professionally done. This is how removable pillow covers sold in stores are made. An invisible zipper is used and sewn between the pillow top and backing on one of the ends. When installed correctly, the closed zipper is nearly invisible. The only thing that can be seen is the zipper pull.

Quilted Pillow Cover

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While this type of zipper closure may appear intimidating, it really isn’t as hard as it seems. Be sure to use careful pinning, precise marking and a zipper foot. Try this tutorial by Sew Katie Did.

Exposed zipper closure

Pull out your pretty colored zippers for this one! This is another way to neatly finish your pillow and add some extra pizzazz. If you are new to zippers, pull out your zipper foot attachment and give this type of backing a try. Here is an excellent tutorial by Freshly Picked.

Quilted Pillow

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You may also enjoy the FREE Craftsy class Mastering Zipper Techniques with Sunni Standing. Ready to practice your skills? Download some quilted pillow patterns and get started!

What is your favorite: envelope, invisible zipper or exposed zipper? Are you looking for a great pillow pattern?

Comments

  1. Fran says:

    Thank you for this well written, informative message!

  2. Kelly says:

    I recently made my sister a pillow using one of my dad’s old button down shirts. I simply basted it closed, then cut out the appropriate sized square and sewed it on. Once the pillow was turned, I took out the basting thread, and undid the buttons to insert the pillow. It’s a wonderfully easy way to make a keepsake pillow, or just any pillow for that matter.