Remembering the Forty is Foxy pillows, I did promise a tutorial on how to put a concealed zipper in the pillow.
Two 16″ squares of fabric of choice
One rectangle 16″x4″
One nylon zipper,
14″ or longer (you can cut it to length)
Thread of choice
Cut your two 16″ squares and one 4″x16″ rectangle. Be aware of directional prints and make sure they are going in the same direction. Make sure the rectangle is going to fold up and be in the same direction as the pillow.
Remove your zipper and stitch from the edge of fabric to the mark you made for a start/stop of zipper. Back-stitch once or twice and then use the basting stitch length to continue stitching across the fabric until you reach the remaining start/stop for the zipper. Go back to a regular stitch to complete the stitching to the end of the fabric.
Press this seam open flip the entire piece over so that the square is wrong side up. See photo.
Fold the top section over so that only 1/4″ is visible above the seam line you stitched. Press.Line the zipper up along the folded edge with the edge just under the teeth of the zipper. Stitch using a zipper foot.
Stitch the upper edge of the zipper in place, again using the zipper foot.
Flip over the piece so that right sides are facing up. Mark a line 3/4″ from the seam line.
Stitch along that line you marked 3/4″ away from edge.
Use a seam ripper to open the area where the zipper lies.
This is what your finished zipper looks like.
Let me know if you find anything confusing here. You might also want to check out the zipper tutorial I found when refreshing my memory on zippers HERE.
From this point you are ready to add a piping (see next tutorial) or simply join the two squares together and leave an opening to put your pillow form in or stuff with polyfil.
Happy safe stitching!