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How to Sew a Hidden Zipper into a Pillow

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The truth of the matter is that hidden zippers can be..

a little bit tricky. They also take a bit of practice. Not to worry though. I break down the steps showing you my tricks to sew a hidden zipper.

Other Pillow Tutorials:

How to Sew a Pillow with an Exposed Zipper

How to Sew an Envelope Back Pillow


  • Materials needed 1 of 18
    Materials needed
    Pillow form, (not pictured) for this tutorial I used a 12 x 12 inch form One piece of front fabric, cut 12 x 12 inches One piece of back fabric, cut 12 x 12 inches Hidden zipper Tools that are helpful for this project: Sharp scissors Pins Sewing machine
  • To start 2 of 18
    To start
    Begin by piecing your two pieces of fabric, right sides together.
  • Sew 3 of 18
    Sew
    Sew three sides of your fabric, leaving one side open.
  • Take note, 4 of 18
    Take note,
    You should be here.
  • Zipper prep 5 of 18
    Zipper prep
    Then take your zipper, open it all the way.
  • Press 6 of 18
    Press
    Iron the fold of each zipper side open.
  • To compare, 7 of 18
    To compare,
    The top zipper is pre-iron, the bottom zipper is post iron. You are ironing to get a closer stitch. You want to sew right where the fold is + by pressing the zipper open you are exposing the perfect place to stitch.
  • Pin 8 of 18
    Pin
    Pin your zipper to the fabric, right sides together, leaving a little zipper off each end.
  • Right now, 9 of 18
    Right now,
    Your pillow should look like this.
  • Sew 10 of 18
    Sew
    Using a zipper foot on your machine, sew your zipper down. Start about an inch away from the end + finish the same. Sew both sides of the zipper.
  • Like so, 11 of 18
    Like so,
    you should have your zipper poking out each end.
  • Finish that edge 12 of 18
    Finish that edge
    by beginning at the edge, sew just above the zipper stitch, closing your holes.
  • This is what your 13 of 18
    This is what your
    bottom edge should look like.
  • Trim 14 of 18
    Trim
    Trim the ends of your zipper off.
  • Turn 15 of 18
    Turn
    Turn + poke out your corners.
  • Trim 16 of 18
    Trim
    Trim any stray threads.
  • Stuff 17 of 18
    Stuff
    Stuff your pillow
  • Decorate 18 of 18
    Decorate
    Now go forth + decorate your home.

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