¼" seam allowance.
¼" along one of the white edges. Set these pieces aside for now.
Next cut two zipper tabs each 1" x 4". (This size works for an 18" zipper - if yours is shorter, you will need to make your tabs long enough to add up to about 22"). I used some leftover pieces of my white strips, but any fabric will do. Fold the tabs in half along the 4" side so they are about 1" x 2" folded. Place the folded edge of the tab toward the middle of the zipper about 3/16" from the zipper stop. The idea is to be able to sew along the folded edge of the tab and not have to sew "through" the zipper stop. I like to pin the tabs in place so they don't move.
¼" fold, fold side up. Position your zipper, right side down along the raw edge of the fold. Using your zipper foot, stitch along the left side of the zipper. Your bobbin thread will show on the right side of the pillow back.
Place your pillow back and pillow front WRONG sides together and pin in place. Join the two 2½" blue binding strips at the short ends. I often join my binding on the bias, but this time I used a straight seam and pressed it open. Press the binding strips in half lengthwise.
Bind the edges of the pillow as you would any quilt. I love hand stitching and if I didn't have 7,000 quilt projects I want to make, I'd hand stitch my binding every time. But since I do (and for those of you who aren't fans of hand stitching) I use Rita of Red Pepper Quilts' method. It takes a bit of practice to get the stitching on the back even, but it is so worth it!
|Binding Pinned - View from back|
|Binding Pinned - View from front|
Stuff the pillow form inside and enjoy! As you can see, my new version of Linked likes to relax in the tree in my yard :)
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