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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.

Recommended with this pattern

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

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