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August 04, 2008


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Wow! Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Sounds easy...I may just have to start some new sewing projects soon!

April in CT

I'm in the market for a sewing machine and this tutorial is so exciting! We've just started looking for one, but I'm so lost as to what features I need to look for. I just want something basic for sewing patches on my hubbies uniform, making pillows, curtains, etc. so I don't want anything terribly fancy.

This post makes me even more anxious/excited to get one! I love your fabric choices. :)


Ååå tack tack! Jag som inte vågat sy med dragkedja. Mitt favvotyg från Michael Miller! :-D

Anna @ D16

Oh wow, thank you for this! I took sewing classes years ago and do alright with it, but I'm TERRIFIED of zippers! I always forget how to sew them in. I use buttons for everything out of fear, but zippers are so handy.

p.s. It's called a "presser foot" here, not pressure! :)


Thanks for the tutorial.I need to make some sushions but zippers do worry me a little.There is another zipper tutorial by Erin that's a little different if you want to take a look http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com/photos/put_a_zipper_in_your_pill/
I like how your cushion doesn't have a specific front or back.


wow! you make it look so easy!


The pillows are so delightful and cheery!


WOW! Jag är urusel på dragkedjor - men det där såg ju nästan enkelt ut! TACK! :D


Thank you so much for this! I had been wanting to make pillows for a while now and now I think I will finally do it! I didn't understand what you meant by "your fabric was not alligned" or something along those lines. how should it have looked?

I love your blog!


The tomato fabric is my favorite....awesome tutorial


Those new cases look so fresh! Lovely colors.

I am always afraid to cut the inside corner, because it seems the fabric may fray after wear, or laundering. Have you ever had that happen?

Barb (Australia)

This is great, thanks Benita! Like some of the others, I get scared of zippers having created some complete disasters in the past, but you make it sound so easy I'm going to give it another go.


Så tacksam för detta inlägg, nuu blir det mycket enklare för mig. annars hade jag kanske förstört mina nya fina tyger ;)


Thanks for the tutorial! Your pillows look great!


Thanks. Just what I was looking for!


Anna, thanks for the proper word! Presser foot, presser, presser...

Christpopher, so glad you like my blog! What I mean by aligning the pattern is that you normally want the pattern on the fabric to look continous when sewn together. If you look at the photo where I'm pointing this out, the bottom piece of faric should have been moved slightly to the right before cutting so the pattern would be aligned with the top piece. It just looks better that way.

Quinn, I've sewn a lot of pillow cases and haven't had a problem with cutting the corners. I guess when you turn them right side ot there's not very much strain on the thread there.


Tack! Detta var precis för vad jag behövde för att våga sy ett kuddfodral med dragkedja! :)


Hi, I made my first cushion a few months ago. I had a hard time finding out how to sew in the zipper, untill it came to me in a flash. I have to move the presser foot. I did leave the zipper closed when I sewed the two halfs together. So I had a problem with that too. For the rest it was a breeze LOL.
I love your blog.



Tusen takk.... Jeg har kjøpt inn tyg...nåp skal jeg sy kuddar



This is wonderful, so easy and effortless.
I wonder from who you buy fabric from on Etsy?

I absolutely adore your blog! <3
With love from Iceland,


Thank you all so much for your comments!

Helga, I got mine at http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5223659, http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5444459, http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5557181, http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5352328
They all shipped superfast!


Hi Benita-love the colors and patterns. I am adding some finishing touches on a living room redo and couldn't find the right color of pillows, so I'm making them. Actually I'm pulling the old covers off the feather pillow insert and the cost to re-purpose 3 pillows was just under $7! It's been awhile since I installed a zipper so, I needed a refresher course. I think I'm going to baste the two sides of the pillow fabric prior to installing the zipper. Once I have sewn the zipper, I can just trim out the basting stitches-I'm hoping for a clean look. I'll let you know how it goes! Maureen-in Stockton, CA-USA


har ganska nyligen hittat till din sida, men måste säga att du är en OTROLIG inspirationskälla!! Kanske ska våga plocka upp min symaskin (som står i förrådet i orginalkartong - ouppackad) och sy mig en kudde! Måste bara hitta ngt fint tyg...

TACK iaf för superb tutorial!

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