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Pillow Cover with Easy Zipper Tutorial


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Conquer your fear of zippers and make a professional looking pillow cover that can be easily removed for washing. This tutorial will show you how to add easy zipper tabs to the ends of any longer-than-necessary zipper. No more last minute runs to the craft store. Just use whatever you have in your stash. I find that adding tabs also makes zippers easier to install. *Please note that using zipper tabs requires you to sew across the zipper teeth. Metal zippers will not work with this method: you must use plastic/nylon zippers. Making new pillow covers is an easy and fast way to spruce up the look of any room. If you want to make your own pillow forms, I also have an easy tutorial about how to do this on my Craftsy pattern page. Have fun! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Measure and cut fabric pieces using measuring tape & scissors, or rotary cutter, mat & gridded ruler Use a sewing machine SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Size of cover will be determined by your pillow form. Directions are included on how to measure and cut your fabric to meet your pillow form.

Supplies Needed

  • Optional: Pinking Shears or Serger
  • Iron & Board
  • One zipper (at least as long as the width of your pillow form)

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