- 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?