If you’re looking for ways to make your throw pillows more versatile, zippered pillow covers are hands down the easiest way to do that! And lucky for you… I’m going to teach you how to add a zipper to a pillow cover in just 10 minutes!
Changing out throw pillow covers is one of the very best ways to update a room, especially as the seasons change.
If you buy all the cute pillows you see, it can a) get pretty expensive, and b) you end up needing to store a LOT of pillows, which take up a good amount of room.
So here’s an easy interior designer tip. Make your own pillow covers and simply swap them out for seasons and occasions as needed!
The covers themselves will be less expensive since you can often find fabric on sale, and storing flat covers is a BREEZE. (Click HERE to see how I store and organize my seasonal decorations.)
If you make your own, it can be tempting to just skip the zipper and sew the whole thing closed…
But the secret though, is that you make sure to always add a zipper.
I know it’s an extra step to have the correct zipper handy, and it seems a bit more complicated, but truly, in just ten minutes you can add that zipper and reap the benefits for many seasons to come!
In addition to the “pros” I mentioned already
Zippered pillow case covers are also so much easier to clean!
I like to use my pillow covers outside on our front porches and when the weather allows, out near our fire pit on our adirondack chairs, and sometimes even on the ground for a variety of teenager’s themed birthday parties.
There’s a freedom that comes from knowing that the covers can simply be un-zipped and popped in the wash if they get dirty while being used.
My first sewing project EVER, was a pillow. It was a weird, little animal with button eyes, but technically it was a pillow.
So, yes, I’d say that pillows are a great place to start learning how to sew! Yours doesn’t even have to have button eyes.
The greatest thing about pillows is that they’re pretty much all standard straight sided rectangles and squares. This is what makes them one of the best starting projects for a beginner sewer.
I will say that while I’ve made LOTS of pillows over the years since that little animal, I do sometimes get a little foggy on the process for adding zippers if it’s been a while since I did it last.
When I’m out of practice I’ll often make mistakes and or add steps that aren’t necessary.
I’m hoping that writing it all out here for you will also cement it firmly in my mind for the next time I sit down to add another zipper to a pillow of my own.
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There are also great options for pillows and covers you can simply purchase. (I do this often, too! I don’t DIY every pillow, just when I have a specific item in mind or find the perfect material.)
Click on the images below to find these pillows.
But, for those of you who pride yourself on your DIY abilities, here you are:
Piece of cake!
Now you can have the luxury of a zipper in all your DIY throw pillow covers.
And as a fun extra, this same tutorial could be used if you’re wondering how to sew a zipper in a cushion for a washable cover. Whether they’re: box cushions, cushions for outdoor furniture, bench cushion covers, you name it! It will follow this same simple process!
Let me know if you have any questions!