Sewing an Invisible Zipper {tutorial}

I love finishing my pillows with invisible zippers!  Once you try it you will love it too!

I cut my pillow squares the exact size as my pillow inserts (I try to always use 20″ pillow forms)

Zipper – I like to buy my zippers longer than I need so I can cut off the extra and not worry about how it will fit, at least 22″
This instruction will show you how to sew the zipper in the bottom seam of your pillow.



Make sure to start and stop at the 2 1/2″ mark.  Now, pin the other side of the zipper to your other square of fabric.

This next step can seem tricky.  You are going to put on your zipper foot  and sew a seam that will close up that 2 1/2″ space on both sides of the zipper.  Below I have shown exactly where your seam should be and where it should start.  Notice it starts about 1/2 inch from where the first seam ends.  It is ok that the seams don’t meet up.  When you press the pieces, it will lay really flat.  In fact, the closer you get to the first seam, the more pucker-y it will be.


To finish the pillow, place right sides together and pin all the way around.  MAKE SURE THE ZIPPER IS PARTIALLY OPEN.  Sew 1/4″ all the way around the pillow, starting and stoping at the zipper.  Turn right side out.




  1. Thanks for the Tutorial; good tips! I’m pinning it to remind me to baste the zipper on.

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