DIY: Sewing Up A Sea of Turquoise

DIY: Sewing Up A Sea of Turquoise

The sewing has begun!

Here’s a little look at the sea of turquoise in progress for Kaleigh’s throw pillows, which I wrote about here and here.

I started with the small 19×9 cover first because I had a template to follow from the old pillow cover.

This was my first attempt to sew an invisible zipper into something. So I bought the invisible zipper foot, but then had to figure out how to attach it to my machine.


The directions were a bit sketchy, but they eventually made sense. Who knew this little foot would make life so much easier? That is once I figured out where to place the needle so I didn’t sew too close to the zipper!

If you look closely you can see the zipper foot in action here.

And I couldn’t have done this without the internet. I printed out step-by-step instructions on how to install an invisible zipper… 3 different sets of instructions! In the end I used this tutorial by Colette Patterns along with a few extra tips from my trusty old Reader’s Digest Guide to Sewing book!

These instructions didn’t leave my side!

And I referred to them often!

But they worked well and got me to here.

I was pretty happy at this point 🙂

After the first pillow was finished I decide to create an assembly line for the last 4 from this fabric. You see, you have to change the presser foot at different stages of the sewing, and I found this to be a pain. I wasn’t buying into the practice makes perfect approach!

Here’s a look at the assembly line.

And the beads of sweat…

Sewing with intense concentration… and a few minor conflicts between Janome and me!

I’ll admit, I had to pick out one side of a zipper, and a few minor casualty spots on two others, but in the end it wasn’t that bad.

Here’s a look at the first pillow.

And here’s a look at the collection of pillows all finished up!

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Have you tackled your own throw pillows? What tips and tricks do you have to share?

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

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