Sunday, September 18, 2011

Easy Zippered Pillows: A pillow recovering story

I am so excited about these zippered pillow cases! I'll admit it, I used to have a major zipper phobia.

But let me tell you - this was SO EASY! And I'm not just saying that. Really. I found the *BEST* zipper pillow tutorial on Prudent Baby.

And the rest, my friends, is history.

Okay, let me start at the beginning.
I have a secret.
This pillow right here? All striped and lovely?
Pillow recover - AFTER

Used to look like this:
  (wa wa waaaaaaa)
Pillow re-cover BEFORE

Yes, it's true. I know. Ahoy Matey and watch your gag reflexes.

And although nautical can be nice, it wasn't exactly the look I was going for.

This blue couch has been kind of difficult to decorate around. And since a nice slipcover is out of our budget, I opted for trying to update it another way. When I ran across this like-new, heavy, soft cotton thrift store fabric for $5.99, I knew just what to use it for.
See how nicely the two go together?

The 2 nautical pillows were 22" x 22", but were a little saggy, if you want to know the truth. So I decided to cut my new pillow cases for 18" x 18" to make sure I had enough fluff.

Now I kid you not - this is where I followed the Zipper Pillow Tutorial to the letter. Trust me, you can't go wrong. I didn't re-post directions, just a few pictures, because why mess with a good thing?! Thank you Prudent Baby!

By using the zipper marking method with a basting stitch, it made putting in a zipper, a cinch!

Finished Zipper Pillow Case
Okay, we're not quite done yet.
Time for a little pillow surgery.

Hmmm. So that's what it looked like inside. Like a big fluffy cottony cloud.

It was easy to recover these pillows. I simply turned the case inside out, grabbed the bottom corners and pulled it up and over.

Ah, sweet success.

And a little softer on the eyes. And the stomach.

Interested in a little more crafty goodness? Check out the new sunburst mirror we made for the wall. It completes the room!

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  1. are you kidding me? your pillow looks so profesh--I thought it was pottery barn. your zippers are so perfect, i HAVE to use that tutorial next time i do a pillow. i was beginning to think i just should do zippers anymore, b/c they look sooooo awful.
    and i love how you did the case smaller than the pillow so it's nice and snug. lovely. :-)

  2. Thank you for the great tutorial on making pillows. They are beautiful!
    Thank you also for stopping by Project Queen today and complimenting me on the table and chairs. It was a fun project.
    I would like to invite you to my first Link Party that starts tomorrow morning. I would love it if you linked one of your projects up!

  3. Oh my gosh, SO cute! They turned out GREAT! Okay so my mom showed me how to do zippers this same way, and really it is so easy. I used to have a huge zipper phobia, and now I'm like, "Why?" ha ha. SO tomorrow I am doing my very first LINK UP party! I would LOVE for you to come link one of your fun projects up!
    I HOPE to see you there!
    Have a great afternoon :)

  4. They came out great and really liven up the space. Will you be making lots more pillows? I am a new follower from Blue Cricket Design. Vicky @


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