How To Put In A Zipper For Pillow With Cording
Do you struggle with how to put in a zipper for pillow with cording? Learn how with this detailed, step-by-step video tutorial. You won’t ever struggle with sewing a zipper in a pillow again!
Pillows are a great way to update any room in your home!
Pillows are a quick and easy way to update any room in your home! That’s why I love them! I also love making pillows. For our home and for my clients.
I also love to make pillows with cording around them. Cording adds such a nice custom touch to pillows. For years I made pillows with cording, (click here to see that tutorial), but I always hand-sewed them closed (click here to see that tutorial).
But, then I was stuck with that pillow cover on that pillow form. There was no easy way to change out the pillow cover.
That’s where this tutorial comes in. Today, I’m going to share how to put in a zipper for pillow with cording! Now you can have that custom corded pillow with a zipper!
How To Put In A Zipper For Pillow With Cording
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Materials needed to put in a zipper for pillow with cording:
Fabric of your choice for pillow and cording – amount needed depends on the size of pillow.
Scissors – large
Scissors – small
I’ve created a detailed video tutorial to show you how to put in a zipper for pillow with cording. I’ve also written out the steps below the video for you to follow along.
How To Make A Pillow With Cording
- Cut out the front and back pieces of fabric for your pillow. Both pieces are cut the same size. I like to cut my fabric pieces the same size as my pillow form. For instance, if I’m making an 18″x18″ pillow, I would cut the fabric at 18″x18″. This makes for a pillow cover that’s not loose and baggy on the pillow form.
- Sew cording around all 4 sides of the front piece of fabric.
- Serge all 4 sides of the the front and back pieces of fabric. This will help to keep the fabric from fraying.
- Lay the front piece of fabric that you’ve just sewn the cording around face side up.
- Lay the back piece of fabric face side down on top of the front piece of fabric.
- Mark 2″ from each end of the bottom edge.
- Sew from end of fabric to the 2″ mark on each end of the bottom edges, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Sewing the front and back sides together. Use a zipper foot, and a medium stitch length.
- Lay the zipper face side down on the cording. With the teeth of the zipper along the cording.
- Sew the zipper into place. Being sure to sew close to the zipper. The zipper needs to be partway open, and the zipper pull needs to be up.
- Pin the other side of the zipper to the back side of the pillow fabric, and then sew into place.
- To make the placket, pin the back side of the fabric next to the cording.
- Open the zipper.
- On the wrong side, sew along the zipper. Making sure to take the pins out as you sew.
- To finish the pillow: With right sides together, pin the other 3 sides of the pillow.
- Sew 3 sides together where pinned, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
- Turn pillow right side out.
- Insert pillow form.
Yay! You’re done! That wasn’t so hard, was it?
I hope you’ve enjoyed this how to this how to put in a zipper for pillow with cording tutorial!
Pillow covers are one of the fastest ways to freshen up a room. I’m still practicing, but I love being able to whip one up with some new beautiful fabric. Thanks for the sewing tips.
Yes, pillows are fabulous!
Love all your pillow tutorials, Jann! Pinned!
Thanks Julie! I appreciate the kind words!
Oh! And would love to have you link-up at Homestyle Gathering tomorrow! 😉
Julie, I’ll check it out. Thanks!
Excellent Jan and now I know where to come when I need sewing advice. Pinning for reference.
Thank you my cushions are almost ready for their zips ! Another great video !
Thanks Gavin! Good luck with your project!
Zippers are so difficult for me but your step by step instructions make me want to try this. Thanks.
Thanks Patti! You can do it!
Jan the pillow looks so much more polished with that cording on top! And I always had trouble with zippers but your tutorial is so easy to follow!
I love your tutorials. I’m currently working on holiday projects and I want to make a tree skirt just like yours, but I would like to make mine bigger. How can I adjust the proportions to make a 60 inch tree skirt?
Thank you Cindy! I would make a new pattern mock up out of lining or other fabric.
Thanks, Jann. I am going to make pillows with cording and zippers. I watched all of your throw pillow tutorials. I’m ready to start. You had so many helpful hints I hadn’t tried when making pillows!!
Thanks Susan! Good luck with your pillows!
What did you prepare the zippers? I see tape or some fabric sewn on the ends.
You are an EXCELLENT instructor! I just finished making this pillow for the first time and while it’s not perfect, it’s pretty darn close :).
Just one VERY important step you forgot to mention…when you’re finally ready to sew the right sides together in the last step, it is imperative that you unzip the zipper or you won’t be able to turn it right side out. The video does not make this very clear, and if I wasn’t an experienced sewer I wouldn’t have thought of it. It would be a huge hassle to sew those three sides only to have to reach for the seam ripper.
Thank you for this video. I learned a new skill during this quarantine!
Your instructions were very helpful! But I love the fabric that you made the pillow. Can you tell me the name and manufacture. Thank you
Sorry, I bought this fabric years ago, I doubt that it’s still available.
Thanks for your great tutorials!! I just made a pillow with cording AND an invisible zipper for my sofa. I am so pleased with how it came out.
Thank you Jann for this clear explanation. I know how much work it is! I’m really happy with my new outdoor cushions with piping and a nice covered zipper at the bottom.
I’m so glad this was helpful! Great job!
Hello, would you please give more guidance on how far in from the edge to sew the piping? 1/2”? 1”? It is hard to tell from the video and that would be really helpful information- it would be rough to get to the last steps and not have enough fabric to complete around the zipper!
The cording is 1/2″ from edge of the fabric.