Small Quilting Projects for The Home

colleran-sqDo you use your sewing and quilting skills to create home furnishings? Small quilting projects including pillows, table runners, and placemats are all great ways to spice up your home décor.

When I’m working on a quilt, I often make an extra block or two. The reason is twofold; first it allows me to practice my machine quilting before I start on the larger quilt project, and secondly I can use the blocks to create a matching pillow if the quilting went well.

Since my house is no stranger to stains, I always want to be able to remove the quilted covering from the pillow form so it can be cleaned.  I’ll be honest, I’m a little afraid of zippers so I’ve always made pillows with an envelope-style back. No more! Now that I’ve watched Kate Colleran’s online course Creative Quilting for Home Décor, I’m ready to tackle the zipper backed pillow.

Here are her easy steps to creating zipper backed pillows:

1. Lay out your zipper so the pull is to the right. For best results choose a zipper approximately 2″ longer than the length of your pillow.


2.  With right sides together pin so there is an inch of the zipper showing on each side.


3. Use the zipper foot to sew fabric and zipper together using a ¼” seam.

4. Press with your iron on the fabric so you don’t risk melting any part of the zipper. Top stitch the length of the zipper near the fold to secure.


5. For a hidden zipper press a fold 2” from the edge of your second piece of fabric that will be attached to the zipper. Unfold and repeat steps 2-3 to join fabric to the zipper, lining up the edges before you pin.


6. Unzip halfway, fold down your 2” section of fabric so it covers the length of the zipper, pin in place. Flip the fabric over; sew over the sewn line again to secure fabric fold.


7. Before you clip the ends of the zipper, slowly sew over the teeth to create a new zipper stop. Move the pull to the center of the zipper. On the open end of the zipper pull the sides together, pin, and slowly sew over the teeth to create a zipper stop on the other side of your pillow.

If you don’t have a zipper that’s quite long enough for your project, Kate has a handy tip for solving that problem:

If you’re interested in sprucing up your home with quilted pillows as well as quilted table toppers, runners, and placemats, you won’t want to miss out on Kate’s online course. Start freshening up your home décor with video lessons from Kate, patterns, and the ability to email Kate with all of your questions.  Don’t wait; register for your seat in Creative Quilting for Home Décor today!

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