Reversible Zippered Pillow Tutorial
Step 1: Fuse Pellon Fusible Fleece to wrong side of exterior fabric per manufacturer instructions.
OPTIONAL: Free motion quilt with Janome Free Motion/Darning Foot OR use the AcuFeed Flex VD Foot to quilt straight lines on Exterior Fabrics.
Step 2: Place zipper right side down along bottom edge of Pillow Front Exterior Fabric. Use Wonder Clips or pins to hold zipper in place.
Hint: As zipper is oversized and nylon, you may have zipper ends overhang one or both side(s) of the pillow edge. Be sure that the metal zipper stops are not within 1/2" of pillow edge or you may accidentally sew over the metal zipper stops, which will make you are your machine unhappy.
Step 3: Attach Janome Zipper Foot E and move needle position to left. I like to use Stitch 4 on my Janome M7. Line edge of zipper foot along edge of zipper tape and sew zipper to Pillow Exterior Front. Seam allowance is 1/4" - 3/8" (may vary based on width of zipper foot and/or how far left needle is)
Step 4: Place Pillow Exterior (front and back) RIGHT sides together. Align bottom edge of Pillow Exterior Back to unattached zipper side. Make sure Pillow Exterior right and left sides are aligned. Use Wonder Clips or pins to hold zipper in place.
Step 5: Line edge of zipper foot along edge of zipper tape and sew zipper to Pillow Exterior Back. (Refer to Janome M7 setting in Step 3.
The zipper should now be installed along the bottom edge of Pillow Exterior Front and Back.
OPTIONAL Step 6: Attach Overcasting M Foot. Overcast both seams along zipper tape edge. This optional step takes just a few minutes, but makes your pillow interior look much nicer and prevents fraying of Exterior Fabric. I used Overcasting Stitch 16 factory settings on my Janome M7.
Step 7: With Pillow Exterior Fabrics RIGHT sides together, place pillow with Pillow Exterior Back Fabric on top. Make sure zipper is laying down completely flat. Open zipper half-way. Use Wonder Clips to hold Pillow Exterior Fabrics together to avoid shifting when sewing exterior sides together.
Note: If Pillow Exterior Back top edge of fabric is slightly longer than Pillow Exterior Front when zipper is laying flat on pillow backing - trim off excess fabric (there should not be more than 1/4" of excess fabric)
Step 8: Attach 1/4" O Foot. Move needle position to 1/4" (Quilt Menu - Stitch 2). Sew 1/4" seam allowance along pillow right/left sides and top. Be sure to backstitch when starting and stopping.
Hint: I like to start stitching where the zipper is so when I back stitch, I am also securing the edge of my zipper closed.
OPTIONAL Step 9: Attach Overcasting M Foot. Overcast side and top seams. This optional step takes just a few minutes, but makes your pillow interior look much nicer and prevents fraying of Exterior Fabric. I used Overcasting Stitch 16 factory settings on my Janome M7. See image in Step 6.
Step 10: Clip excess fabric from top corners of pillow. Do not cut through sewn line.
Turn pillow inside out and enjoy!
I hope you choose your favorite fabrics and make yourself (or a friend) a new pillow to enjoy!
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