Unfortunately, the covers they sell for these pillows are...um...not cute. At least in my opinion. And they're pricey!! $10-$30 and SO generic. It's so easy to whip up a cute boutique-looking custom cover, for a fraction of the cost, that matches your nursery and home decor perfectly.
Here's what you need:
Here's what I started with- 4-6 per FQ. I ended up cutting a few more strips as I went.
Continue adding strips until your piece measures at least 53" wide.
Line your zipper up so it's perpenticular to your strips, and so that the very ends of the zipper line up with the edges of your fabric. No need to measure anything, as your pattern piece might vary slightly from another's- as long as the very ends of the zipper fabric (not the clasp or metal parts), are at the edge of your patchwork fabric.
Your piece should now look like this (the other piece is whole though, no cuts).
Now for the fun- zipper time!!! Place your closed zipper on the larger piece along the cut edge, right sides together (so the tab of the zipper is facing down)- pin.
Now here's a little trick to help you get past the bulky tab part of the zipper (without having to change your foot!)...when you get an inch or so before the tab at the end, stop with your needle down...
There you go- zipper in! Now wasn't that easy?
One last step and then you're done!!! Layer your 2 pieces, right sides together, and making sure the zipper is a couple of inches open, and pin all the way around. Be sure to put pins at the ends of your zipper so those be moving around when you stitch.
Now stitch around the entire piece using a 1/2" seam allowance. No need to leave an opening- you'll just open up that zipper to turn it right side out.
Clip the seam allowance a bit along the roundest parts, to help the seam to look smooth, and turn that puppy right side out!
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, for this month's Design Challenge here at Sew Lux! I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to pop on over to my blog and say hi!!!
And if you like this particular fabric combo, don't forget to snag this limited-avail 6 FQ bundle over in Sew Lux's shop! The bundle is on sale through Sunday!!!