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Topic: Peekaboo Zipper Pillow w/ fabric insets ... photos & tutorial  (Read 57370 times)
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« on: March 31, 2004 01:10:22 AM »

You'll need:
- nylon zippers in assorted colors
- cotton batting or something else to stuff the pillow with
- assorted fabric swatches in assorted styles/colors larger than each zipper
- colored thread
- fabric for the pillow back (I used a heavy white fabric with some slight stretch to it)
- sewing machine that sews in a straight line and zigzags

1) Cut the fabric scraps bigger than the zippers:

2) Sew the zippers to the fabric, right sides both facing up. Sew on the edge of the zipper, as close to the edge as you can get.

3) Trim away the excess fabric around the zipper as close to the edge of the zipper as you can get.

4) You'll end up with a pile of zippers that look like this.  When you unzip, the right side of the fabric will peek out from the zipper.

5) Arrange the zippers the way you want into your pillow shape (rectangle or square or ?).  Put them side to side and zigzag them together, using assorted colored threads between each zipper.  I zigzagged several times each time to make it strong and cover up the edge stitching.

6) Sew them together into your shape.  Don't worry if some are longer ...

7) As long as you bought nylon zippers, they are trimable.  Just make sure your zipperhead is in the body of the shape (not  on the part you are trimming away).

8a) You'll end up with something like this after you trim.

8b) FYI, the back side is cool too ... an idea for another pillow maybe?

9) You'll need to cut a piece of fabric for the back side of your pillow (the same size as your trimmed zipper front).  Then right sides facing each other, sew them together at the edges leaving a hole on one side big enough for your hand to get into.

10) Reach into the hole and turn it inside out.

11) Stuff it.  I used the stuffing from an old pillow that I didn't like.

12) Carefully sew up the hole.

And now you're done!

The finished pillow:

A close-up showing the fabric peeking through when you unzip the zippers.

I'm also thinking of using this technique to make a peekaboo zipper purse or coin purse ... might be kinda interesting?
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2004 08:46:20 AM »

That is so COOL! How did you come up with that idea? I love it, you're so crafty!
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2004 09:01:14 AM »

Oooh, that would be cool to make pants out of.  Or at least a patch or something.  I love all the colors of the zippers and the different types of fabric.  Good job!
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2004 09:40:54 AM »

Love all the colors. Zippers are so 'it'.  good craftstership.

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2004 09:46:06 AM »

Awwww  Smiley  *beaming with pride*  Smiley

Thanks you guys.

dahlea, I've been on a pillow kick -- making all sorts of pillows to pile onto my daybed.  When I was making one covered with buttons, that led me to thinking of using other notions like zippers ...

You know what I think would be cool?  Making a corset like this!! But dang, I'm not sure I could pull that off -- that could be a bit tricky.

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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2004 10:44:09 AM »

Now this is truly an original!!!
I absolutely love it and would buy one if I saw it in a store (or knew that you were selling it Wink )

Beautifully done!

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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2004 03:40:24 PM »

Wow! Great Job!
This would look awesome on a shirt or even on a headband!
You could line up 2 or 3 of your zipper-fabric creations fold over the ends making a "tunnel" on each end then slip some elastic through both sides (tying a knot to connect) for a head band
If the zippers are plastic there shouldnt be too many hair-stuck-in-zipper incidents!

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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2004 04:06:31 PM »

Wow, very nice. I love it!

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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2004 05:06:29 PM »

FABULOUS!!!!!!!! I want one!
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2004 06:35:07 PM »

wonderful tutorial and wonderful pillow Cheesy

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