The sewing has begun!
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!
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!