Color block pillow with crochet heart garland
I think that throw pillows are a great way to change up the decor in a room. That's why I love zippered pillow covers. You can change out the pillows in the room seasonally or when you feel like a change. It also makes them easy to wash and store the covers you're not using. I have limited storage space, so storing extra throw pillows is not really an option.
To get in the Valentine's Day spirit, I wanted to make this pillow red and pink. I had scraps of red and pink twill in my fabric stash that were perfect for this pillow. I knew I wanted to add a zipper, and I was inspired by this tutorial showing how to hide a zipper in the middle of a pillow using a contrast flap. I decided to make by own by incorporating the flap into the design. It's an easy project and a fun way to add a pop of color.
Let's get to the tutorial...
*Your zipper should be about the width of your pillow form or longer, but it's ok if it's an inch or two shorter.
Next you need to figure out what size to cut your fabric. I am using a 17" pillow form, so I want the size of my front and back to be cut to 17" x 17". (You want your pillow cover to be snug over the pillow form). I am using two colors for each side, so I divided 17" in half to get 8.5". Then I add my seam allowance to sew the two colors together to get 9".
For the pillow back, I need to cut one piece 1" taller to make the flap. The other piece will be the same size as the pillow front.
For a 17" pillow form, cut the following:
SEW THE PILLOW FRONT
SEW THE PILLOW BACK
My zipper was only 16" long, so I just used the selvage from my fabric to sew tabs on the sides of my zipper. If your zipper is the size of your pillow or longer, you can skip this step.
SEW TOGETHER THE PILLOW
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make your own pillow using this tutorial, please snap a photo because I'd love to see it! You can tag me on Instagram or Twitter, or post it to my Facebook page. And be sure to follow me on Bloglovin' or Google+ to keep up with the latest on my blog!
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