How to Sew a Pillow — Part 7

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Congratulations! You've made it to the final lesson in our Learning to Sew Series! Along the way, you've learned how to set up your sewing machine, how to form stitches and sew seams, how to finish edges, install a zipper and sew piping. In today's final lesson, we're putting all those skills together to sew a complete project from start to finish. What better way to solidify the valuable techniques you've learned than by sewing your own pillow? Join us for this fun finale video as we make a pillow with a zipper opening!

Sailrite's Learning to Sew Series Finale

This is the seventh and final lesson in the Learning to Sew Series. If you've missed our previous lessons, be sure to start at the beginning to learn how to set up your machine, wind a bobbin, and thread your machine (#200627XHT). If you already know how to sew, you can jump to any lesson in the series for a quick refresher course.

In this video tutorial, you will learn:

  • How to Measure & Mark Fabric
  • How to Match Up Patterned Fabric
  • How to Cut Fabric
  • How to Mark Zipper Placement
  • How to Sew a Zipper Plaque
  • How to Install a Zipper Slider
  • How to Sew Panels Together
  • How to Insert a Pillow Form

How to Sew a Throw Pillow

Let's put together all the skills you've learned and sew a throw pillow! We're sewing with the Ultrafeed® LSZ-1 Sewing Machine. The Ultrafeed is our portable, powerful sewing machine that can handle home and hobby projects as well as canvaswork, upholstery, leather, sailcloth and more. A pillow like this is typically made with light or medium weight home fabric, so a home sewing machine will be able to sew this project without issue. We have hundreds of decor and upholstery fabrics to choose from. We carry all the top brands including Sunbrella®, Bella-Dura®, P/Kaufmann, Covington and more. We're sure to have a pattern and color that complements your home and style.

Learn how to sew a pillow with zipper

Pillows are great learning-to-sew projects!

For your pillow you can choose any size pillow form you like. What's most important is to cut your top and bottom pillow panels the same size as your pillow form. For example, if your pillow form is 18 inches x 18 inches, you'll cut your fabric panels 18 inches x 18 inches. When you sew the pillow panels together with your 1/2-inch seam allowance, the pillow cover will be slightly smaller than the pillow form. This is intentional. A slightly smaller pillow cover gives a nice, plump appearance to your completed pillow.

Here are the materials you will need to complete this pillow project:

  • Home upholstery fabric available at Sailrite®
  • Pillow form of your desired size
  • V-69 thread
  • Size #16 Round Point (Sharp) Needle
  • YKK® #4.5 Continuous Coil Zipper (we used White #104385)
  • YKK® #4.5 Coil Zipper Slider (we used #104336)
  • Fabric scissors (we used Gingher® 8" Scissors #19104)
  • Sewing machine

Watch the video below to learn how to sew your very own throw pillow!

You have now completed the Learning to Sew Series! We hope this series has helped you feel more comfortable with your machine, confident in your skills, and has gotten you excited about exploring this new hobby. If you enjoyed this series and want to watch more DIY tutorials, browse through our hundreds of FREE how-to videos. We have videos on marine, home, hobby, automotive and outdoor projects. So whether you sew for your boat, work on upholstery, sew canvas and awnings, sew for your RV, or even if you are into sewing bags and other accessories, we have videos you're sure to enjoy and find helpful. Just go to our website's "How-To" section to begin your DIY journey.

How did your pillow turn out? Did you enjoy our Learning to Sew Series? What are you going to make next? Do you feel more comfortable with your sewing machine? Share your ideas and experiences in the comments!