Learning to Sew Part 7: How to Sew a Pillow


this video is brought to you by sailrite. welcome back to the learning to sew
series. We’re going to sew a throw pillow from beginning to end and
this throw pillow will include a zipper were going to show you how to do that. We’ve already changed out or threat to
the 69 and we’ve have a number sixteen size
needle the fabric that we’re using is a
decorative fabric and it is a medium weight fabric so as we discussed earlier it’s
important to change out the thread and needle size to match the fabric that
you’ll be sewing with. So let’s get started. We have a nineteen by
nineteen pillow insert or pillow form so we’re gonna cut our plates, we’re gonna
have two plates. One plate for the front side and one
plate for the backside. We’re gonna cut those two plates the
exact same size as the pillow insert or pillow form so
nineteen by nineteen. We have our fabric laid, so that the
outside surface is facing up, not that that typically
matters you can mark on both either the outsider the underside. And we
do not want to cut on the selvedge edge we don’t want this edge to the
existing, so I actually going to use the fabric all the way to the max to
the end and a place to mark their with a pencil and I’m not place a mark at 19 inches
now don’t worry about marking the fabric
much because all these marks will be are cut lines and also be
on inside the pillow now let’s continue to mark it down
another 19 inches so we can follow the stripe pattern all the way down so we are going to move the fabric
and market it at 19 inches there. OK, we have marked on that side. now let’s mark from that same location at nine inches again. So that we can
work on making as square a pattern as possible. 19
inches and then move the fabric and mark 19
inches again. Now from the top side were gonna use this
pattern here as our starting point so again we can
work on making the fabric square and well mark 19 inches from the top
this peak or line or chevron. 19 inches and then we only need a couple
marks here from this peak or chevron point 19
inches move the fabric and then from this one. Now we need to do is strike lines this is where we started our
measurements so we’ll keep the fabric fairly straight. This fabric is very soft so it can
actually move around on your so what I’m gonna do is just try to lined up all these points with our ruler yardstick. That looks
pretty good! and we will strike a line. Now well just mark straight down from these
two lines, and continue doing that. Now all we have to do is cut our fabric on those lines. Ou two plates are cut out and we’ve
lined up the chevrons in a way that we think looks best it’s
very difficult to line up perfectly for a throw pillow. If you have stripes
you definitely want to try line up the stripe so looks best. and we will lay the outer surfaces, so
that they are facing each other and then place them directly on top of
each other. We’re going to install this 4.5 coil zipper as we did earlier in the previous video in the learning to sew series. We’re
going to place the tape edge of the zipper on the raw edge of the fabric and we’re
gonna use a pencil here and we’re gonna mark at this very edge where the middle of the teeth are. So the
middle of the teeth land right there. And we’re going to
create a tack stitch at that location. So were gonna remover
zipper and take it to the sewing machine. Now we’re gonna use our magnetic guide and were going to stitch right where we placed that mark and were going to make sure the needle enters the fabric at that location. We will lower our presser foot. Holder our trailers and sew. when we get about the two-inch location we’re going to do a little bit of bar tacking, so right about here. About three stitches in reverse and then back to forward again. And when you get to the two-inch
location here, which you can measure if you like and place a mark. Were going to do some reversing there too. About three stitches. and then all the way to the end. Now we are going to take our zipper and we are just going cut it a little bit past the two inch location. So here’s is my two inch location so that’s good here and over here
there’s my two-inch location where I did a little bit of reversing I’m gonna cut approximately half inch
past that. Scissors, the zipper cuts very easily
with scissors. now we’re gonna take this assembly and
we’re going to unfold it and we’re gonna be working
from the underside. And we’re gonna splay this assembly
apart. Now you could take an iron and crease this so the it lays nice and flat makes the
job easier and that always depends on the type of fabric your using, whether or not
it can be ironed under low heat. So check to make sure the fabrics
accepts ironing. If you can’t iron it sometimes creasing it on the edge of a
table like this will cause the splayed out part to lay
nice and flat. Now we’re going to take our zipper this zipper, coil zipper has teeth on one side and then on the other
side there are no teeth. So we have to make sure that a coil
zipper is position so that the teeth are facing down
because this is the inside of the fabric. So we’ll lay it right on top of this
splayed out section and we’re gonna lay it about little bit
about an inch in a half for so from the edge of the
fabric and then we’ll take the sewing machine
and so it down. We’re going to remove are magnetic guide. We
need to make sure that the teeth are centered as we sew. So I am going to lower my presser foot I’m gonna move the needle to the right
to get closer to the teeth and my presser foot edges is going to ride against the teeth. The teeth are on the underside so you
can see em, but that’s what it’s doing we’re gonna raise our zipper so we
can see with the center of this is because what the center the zipper to be
on top of the center of the stitch. I’m going to hold my trailing threads and I am going to do some reversing. at the beginning. And then we will carefully sewn this down so it is centered. Take your time here don’t go fast this is the first time your tacking, your sewing down the zipper. the are your sewing down the zipper if
you don’t take your time then your zipper won’t be centered. Now when you get to the end, do some
reversing. then sew to the end with your needle
berried. we’re gonna left our presser foot we’re
gonna roll around while the needle is buried and we’re gonna sew across and lock this zipper in place so
the slider doesn’t come off. So were going to do some reversing here.
Carefully so through the teeth. Put the machine in reverse. sew through the teeth again. when you’re needles on the other side approximately in the
correct location leave it buried. Lift your presser foot, roll the assembly
around so we can sew down the other side of the zipper. Since the zipper is
secured down we can do this rather quickly we already
know that it’s in the right spot. Just make sure the presser foot is up
against the teeth. Teeth are on the underside. Makes sure you do not sew any extra fabric in, folds and so forth for that might get stuck so make sure
pulling the fabric apart as you pull. Or as you sew. Do some reversing. Do not sew over this end
yet, we still need to install the slider so we’re gonna remove the fabric. Let’s turn it over. And now we need the Ripper stitches remember we did a tack stitch
approximately two inches from the edge so I’m in a measure in two inches and then I’m gonna take my seam ripper and I am going to cut the stitches a little bit past that two inch area by
about a quarter inch. So two and a quarter inches from the edge at the
fabric is where I going to start ripping my tack
stitches to reveal the zipper. And then I wanna stop two inches and a quarter from this end as well. So I’m going to measure there. Right there! Now when I open this up you’ll see that we have ever a hidden
zipper. and this is secured shut with a
reverse and here as well it is reversed here too
sew this shut as well. we have our 4.5 a slider that is a a coil slider. We need to separate the teeth to get
it started. There’s a fat end and a small end. Were gonna
start the fat end but we need to make sure the puller is
facing down because this is the inside. This is a
locking slider so it has little locking mechanisms here. So what
we want to do is wanna make sure those are not engage when you’re trying to install the
slider so if we push the puller forward you can see the teeth are not
engaged. So we should be able to push it onto the teeth. Alright the zipper slider is on. Lets turned over and see how she works. Nice! It’s a good idea to put the slider
in the center that way it doesn’t get in the way when you sew the rest of the assembly together So, we will leave her there. Now before we sew around the parimeter we need to finish off the end of this zipper so the slider will not easily come off. so were going to do some reversing right here at
the end of the zipper. Lower the presser foot trap your threads and sew. I am going to put the needle in center position. Go slow when you go over the teeth so you don’t have any deflection issues. Reverse once. Reverse twice. Now were going to turn it so the outside surface is facing up. And were going to fold it so the outside surfaces are facing each other. And the edges are lined up. That is the edges that do not have the zipper. Because the zipper will want to stick up or rise up, like it is here. Line up all sides. Where the zipper has been sewn in were going to take this splayed portion and we’re gonna fold it back. So it creates a nice T that that has the tops coming in. I’m gonna hold the
top and I’m gonna make sure the bottom is
lined up here the corner I’m gonna hold my two fingers there to
make sure it doesn’t move on us while we sew. So take this to the sewing machine and
I’m probably gonna use two hands at first just to get the right position. And were gonna so a half inch from the edge
to the fabric. let’s get some stitches in their first hold my training threads. Do a little bit reversing. Now, lets bury our needle. Lets find that corner again over here. Make sure it’s lined up and I am going to keep my two
fingers there. make sure the edges are good. They are. And we will sew down the length. Hey let’s make a little bit easier for
our self, lets put that magnetic guide in again. So we make sure that we’re sewing right in the
same spot all the way around. When I get a half inch from that corner, I will
stop with my needle buried, I will lift my foot, I will roll on my needle, I will hold my finger over here to make sure
this side is matched up. I lower my presser foot and sew down this side. I am going to remove the magnetic guide so you can see this a little bit easier. And were going to sew up to that. I am going to hold these two pieces together with the fold. Sew right through it. Whoops, if I if I miss a
fold like that before I get to it I can lift my presser foot and fold it down and I can make
adjustments as I need to, prior to getting to
their. so it’s not uncommon for this last stitch to
basically need some adjustment. Now we’ll sew right
through that. And reverse. Now all we need to do is take this assembly and open it up via the zipper. And turn it right side out. And push all corners. We have got our pillow form. we will compress it slightly and pull the cover over the pillow form. Stuff, stuff, stuff…. Be sure to work the corners of the
pillow into the corners of the pillow cover. This pillow form also has a zipper and we put the zipper with our zipper so you will not be able to feel it because typically that’s the bottom side
side of the throw pillow. There you go! Our throw pillow is complete and it has a
nice zipper that the conceals the zipper with
the flap I like it! this concludes the learning to sew
series we hope these videos help inspire you to take on or start sewing,
if you’ve never sewd before. And if you need helpful advice we have all
kinds of free videos at the Sailrite website. So be sure
to check those out! And as always we stand ready to help you
with any questions you may have thanks for watching! I’m Eric Grant.

63 Replies to “Learning to Sew Part 7: How to Sew a Pillow”

  1. I have been really enjoying your tutorials!  The best I have come across.  I have a question, in the video you said the pillow form was a 19 inch form, and that you should cut the two plates 19 inches as well.  Do I not need to add seam allowance when working on pillows?  Do I need to add seam allowance when making a box cushion for a porch swing, or would it be the same principle of cutting the fabric to the exact dimensions of the foam?  Thank you!

  2. Thanks Eric, that was an excellent tutorial, very easy to follow.  The Mrs and I are having a pillow making competition, after I blurted out that I could make a better pillow than her!  Thank goodness I found your tutorial, as I haven't got a clue how to make a pillow!  I have turned up trousers, and that's it.  We both have Singer 201k2 machines, which I have refurbished, and after a few glasses of vino calapso, I started bragging about my fantastic sewing skills!!  Hopefully, after watching you, I can make a good pillow.  I am not telling her that I have looked on YouTube!  Thanks again.

  3. I'm just getting into sewing and I'm THOROUGHLY impressed and thankful for your videos! So very helpful! 
    Thank you!

  4. Eric thank you so much for the explanation you make look so easy. i have never sawed anything but after watching your video i sure want to learn some more definitely..Thank you God Bless you

  5. I made a bunch of pillows for my Mom for Christmas this past year and this video helped me out big time! I'm about to make a few more pillows now, but I forgot what size I should cut my fabric. I have pillow forms that are 20 x 20 – Your video says to cut the fabric 20 x 20, but I've seen videos that say you should add an inch to each size? 21 x 21 What do you think?

  6. Hi and thanks for the tutorial. I always have problems sewing in zips but from now on I'll be doing them your way. Thanks again.

  7. I have just started sewing at 66 years old and these videos have given me so much .Thank you .The quality you have for getting the point across is superb

  8. Just finished this 7-video series. I just have to say that the instructions are really wonderful.
    Anyone can easily learn it like this.
    Do you (or anyone else you recommend) have any more videos on basic "sewing principles" or "techniques"? Most videos I see are directed towards a certain end-goal.

    And once again, thanks a lot for this intuitive video series!

  9. Thank you for taking time to show us how to sew a pillow. But I have to ask what type of sewing foot are you using? Is it a generic foot that can be used on a Singer sewing machine?

  10. thank you for the videos, they are great. question for you. Do you hold the trailing threads to stop the threads from bird nesting?

  11. I love your videos. They are basic and easy to understand. You also give background and TIPS to the background information you are conveying. I like your magnetic sewing guide as I have MS with shaky hands and have a very difficult time keeping even straight stitching straight! Ha. Sounds simplistic, but its a challenge for me.

  12. I love all these videos! Very helpful. I'm just now thinking of getting back into sewing. Haven't done a whole lot of things in the past but I remember I enjoyed it a lot. Definitely want to make things like this. On to watch more videos to learn more. Thanks for all the informative videos. 🙂

  13. I have never installed a zipper before and I'm 60 years old I was always scared to but the way you show how to install a zipper I think I could do it 👍 next thing would be how to install a new zipper to an outfit that the zipper has broken…… you are a good teacher to show how to do this your very patient ….. I'll be watching more of your videos

  14. Loved this video. I'm not brave enough to go without pinning, but I really appreciate this lesson!

  15. I made boat curtains using your plastic slides/glides and now am making matching throw pillows with piping, so thank you for your videos

  16. Like many people who watch these videos I am a beginner and find these useful projects very informative and inspiring. I hope you continue to make more beginner videos with additional useful items. Thank you.

  17. Hi I thanks for guidelines in details and I want to know how to zipper on mattress cover on all the four side.

  18. I love your magnetic guide! Never seen one before. Having just seen the video with piping, I thought this would include piping and zip combined? it's a very plain pillow with no proper edge to it?

  19. Great, straight forward instruction. I'm so glad you made these, along with the video for making a pattern and cover for the PWC. I'm using these videos to sew waterproof covers for portable, digital x-ray machines.

  20. I wonder why you don't clip the corners before you invert the case? This reduces the bulk in the corners and produces a nicer sharper corner on the finished product.

  21. Great video. I have learned more about basic sewing from you than anyone else! Purchased the Sailrite zigzag model last year and have greatly expanded my confidence and capabilities.
    I found a technique for setting precise zipper centered installation. I place the zipper under the machine needle with the needlepoint just touching the zipper center. Lower the presser foot and hold the zipper straight. Then I place the magnetic edge guide alongside the zipper. Raise the presser foot and lift the needle. You machine is now precisely set to sew the zipper hem at exactly center. No measuring or dividing fractions necessary.

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