Sewing a zipper into the back of a pillow cushion cover has several benefits. Firstly, it secures the pillow inside the cushion which is ideal for people who toss about a lot in their sleep. Zippered cushions are also easy to remove during a machine wash and can be made to blend with the overall design of the fabric. Zippers can be sewed on slipcovers, couch cushions, duvet covers and decorative pillow fabrics. Here are some simple sewing tips.
Zippers for Couch Cushions
With couch cushions, zippers can be sewed into the back end of the boxing strip. When the boxing strip is attached, it will result in a new seam onto which the zipper can be placed. It may be a good idea to secure them with pins before beginning the sewing process. Start sewing the zipper along the boxing strip and also ensure to include a few vertical stitches. Turn the cover over to nip the seam and the newly added zipper would be the latest addition to your couch cushion.
Zippers for Duvet Covers
With these types of the covers, the zippers are usually attached to only one end of the fabric to facilitate easy removal while cleaning. Typically it is done at the base of the fabric and care must be taken to ensure that the other three sides are properly seamed up before sewing in the zipper. It is also important that the choice of zipper is an identical match to the fabrics length. Otherwise it would be difficult to remove the cover during cleaning.
Zippers for Slipcovers
Here the zippers are sewn into the back portion of the fabric. Leave open 3/4th in end of the seam so that outer and inner parts can be brought together. For large slipcovers, it is ideal to use more than zipper along the seams.