Before we started our road trip to California, I wanted to give the kids a nice pillow to cuddle with in the car. When we left Hawaii, everyone got travel pillows but this time around, I wanted a pillow that could also double as a bed pillow if we had to camp out in our house (which we did). To make it fun, I added a pocket on the front so the kids could have somewhere to hide all their little bits. I am sharing this tutorial with you today so you can see an easy way to sew in a zipper without a hassle.
You need some fabric, a zipper, and a pillow form for this project. Prewash all your fabric so it doesn’t shrink on you and once it’s dry, you’ll be ready to start. Using a rotary cutter, cut out 2 squares 1 inch wider than the pillow itself and another piece half the size of the pillow for the pocket.
Now you need to take your fabric and iron over 1/4 inch on all 3 pieces. Sew the pocket piece using a zip zag stitch, this will create a finished edge for the top of your pillow. Now, get your zipper foot ready and get your zipper. Line up the first edge of the fabric with the edge of the zipper and sew it straight now. If the zipper pull gets in your way, just unzip the zipper a little bit. Repeat for the other size of the zipper.
Iron out the zipper so it’s nice and flat and then get ready to make your pillow “sandwich” with the pillow front. Pin the pillow edges to the 2 sides of the pillow. Unzip the pillow half way and then starting at the zipper, sew around 3 edges, finishing at the other end of the zipper. Use some pinking sheers to trim away the excess around the edges. Reach into the unzipped pillow and turn it right-side-out.
Iron out the pillowcase and then stuff the pillow. Repeat for as many kids who need pillows.
Pocket Pillowcase with Zipper Tutorial
- Coordinating fabric, 2 types
- Prewash and dry your fabric. Using a rotary cutter, cut out 2 full size squares measuring 1 in wider than your pillow form. Cut a half square of your second fabric for the pocket.
- Fold 1/4 over on 1 edge of each piece of fabric. Zip zag stich your pocket piece.
- Using a zipper foot, sew your folded over edge of the fabric to each side of the zipper.
- Create a fabric “sandwich” of the front, pocket, and back of the pillow. Unzip your zipper halfway and sew around the 3 edges.
- Trim excess edge fabric and turn the pillow the right side. Iron well and stuff your pillow!
What’s your favorite way to sew zippers? Got a cool project to share?