This pillow, created for DithMer for the Sex Toy Accessory swap so she'd have a place to hide her accessories, has a nice girly-looking zipped pocket inside the pillow sham itself. The sham fits a standard 14" (35 cm) square pillow form. The pillow is to accessorize her burgandy bed set.
Here is the front, featuring multi-texture fabric patchwork (cotton, fleece, faux leather, velvety material):
The back is a neat print that I really like (I hope DithMer likes it, too!):
This shot shows the bottom of the pillow zipped open, and the zippered pocket inside:
On to the Tutorial:
First, collect your materials:
You will need: assorted fabrics to piece the top from, a 18" square piece of backing fabric, a smaller piece of fabric to create the pocket from, a zipper 14" or longer, and a zipper as long as you want your pocket to be wide.
Next, we will create the zippered pocket. Please ignore the fact that this example is out of a different fabric than the finished product. Cut a rectangle of fabric twice as long as you want your pocket to be high, and as wide as you want your pocket to be. Create a zippered pouch (there are many tutorials on Craftster for this, if you need help), but with the good side of the fabric on the inside. Do be careful, however, to make sure the zipper will open from the bad side. When you place the zipper, it should be flat along one side of the pouch (rather than on the edge):
The next step is to piece your top. Use whatever arrangement is pleasing to the eye. I used different colours, patterns, and textures of fabric to add interest. If you prefer, you could use unpieced fabric in a neat pattern instead of piecing the top:
Trim your top to 18" square.
Then, attach a zipper along the bottom side of the pieced fabric. Attach the other side of the zipper along the bottom side of the backing fabric. You should now have a long rectangle of fabric with a zipper in the middle:
Flip the sham to the wrong side. Pin the pocket along the top zipper, matching it with the zipper along the inside of the backing. Sew straight across the top-side of the pocket zipper, attaching the pocket like a flap:
Match the right sides of the fabric, with the zipper partially open. Sew a 3/8" seam along the three open sides.
Turn rightside out, and voila! You have a pillow sham with a hidden pocket.