Today I am demonstrating how to combine both cording and zippers to complete a pillow ensemble.
Zippers, buttons and snaps all add function to sewn goods, and can be intimidating to apply. However, it is critical that you think about how you will use your sewn piece- time invested in creation should be rewarded with longevity of use! The welting and decorative trim has made the pillows beautiful, and now zippers will make them functional. If you need to wash your pillow covers or change their inserts, simply unzip! No seam ripping or deconstruction involved!
First, lets look at how to apply decorative cord. I have cut the body pieces for my pillow to allow for 1" seams. I am making an 18" square pillow, so my fabric squares are 20"x20". When pinning your cording, measure in 1"(or whatever seam allowance you have figured) from the edge of your material to the base of the cord and pin on the right side of the fabric. The visible part of your trim should be on the inside, with the material that will go in the seam toward the edge of your fabric.
Install the zipper foot on your machine, and begin sewing around your cord as close as you can to the edge of the cord itself. I like to start with the point where the two ends meet.
Next, pin the other side of your zipper to its corresponding side of the fabric as shown in the photo.
You did it! Now zip it together until 4" or so are left open, so you can turn the pillow right-side out when finished. Pin the two right sides of your pillow together, sew from one zipper stop (the little metal bits at the end of the zipper teeth, around the open sides of the pillow to the other zipper stop. Open your zipper the rest of the way, turn your pillow right side out, and stuff it with your insert!