How to Sew a Zipper on a Pillow? Step-By-Step Guide

How to Sew a Zipper on a Pillow? Step-By-Step Guide

Adding a zipper to a pillow not only makes it easier to remove and wash the cover but also gives a professional finish to your DIY projects. Here’s a detailed guide on how to sew a zipper on a pillow.

Materials You Will Need

  • Pillow cover fabric
  • Zipper (length equal to one side of the pillow)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins or clips
  • Matching thread

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Steps to Sew a Zipper on a Pillow

1. Prepare the Pillow Fabric

Start by cutting your pillow fabric to the desired size. You will need two pieces of fabric, one for the front and one for the back. Ensure both pieces are of the same size.

2. Place the Zipper

  1. Align the Zipper: Place the zipper face down along the edge of one piece of fabric. The zipper teeth should be aligned with the fabric edge.
  2. Pin the Zipper: Pin or clip the zipper in place to keep it from moving while sewing.

3. Sew the Zipper to the Fabric

  1. Sew One Side: Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew the zipper to the fabric. Start at one end and sew all the way to the other end, keeping the stitching close to the zipper teeth.
  2. Attach the Other Side: Repeat the process with the other piece of fabric, aligning and pinning the zipper in place before sewing.

For a seamless look, consider using our Invisible Zippers that blend perfectly with your fabric.

4. Sew the Pillow Edges

  1. Open the Zipper: Before sewing the pillow edges, make sure to open the zipper halfway. This will allow you to turn the pillow cover right-side-out later.
  2. Align and Pin the Fabric: Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together, aligning the edges and corners. Pin or clip the fabric in place.
  3. Sew Around the Edges: Using a regular sewing foot, sew around the three open edges of the pillow, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitches.

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5. Finish the Pillow

  1. Trim the Corners: Trim the excess fabric at the corners to reduce bulk and ensure sharp corners when turned right-side-out.
  2. Turn Right-Side-Out: Turn the pillow cover right-side-out through the open zipper.
  3. Insert the Pillow Form: Insert your pillow form into the cover and zip it closed.

For pillow forms of various sizes and shapes, explore our Pillow Inserts Collection.

Tips for a Professional Finish

  • Press the Seams: Press the seams with an iron for a crisp finish.
  • Match the Thread: Use thread that matches your fabric for a seamless look.
  • Use Quality Materials: Invest in high-quality zippers and fabrics for a durable and professional finish.


Sewing a zipper on a pillow can enhance both the functionality and appearance of your pillow covers. By following these steps, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that makes it easy to remove and wash your pillow covers.

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