Adding a Zipper to a Target Pillow

I recently purchased a pillow for our couch from Target.  I liked the pattern, but I didn’t like how full of ‘fluff’ it was.  I like to lay on my couch {and I’ve been known to snooze on my couch too} so a comfortable pillow is a must.   I decided to add a zipper and down insert, thus eliminating the hard pillow issue! And it also makes the pillow cover removable for easy washing!

Using my seam ripper, I tore out the seam on the bottom {and removed the large tag as well}.  Then I removed all of the fluff {and believe me when I say there was a ton! It nearly filled a plastic trash bag!}

I thought this was interesting….when I turned the pillow inside-out, the corners had poly fill sewn into them.  I thought this was ingenious!  Whenever I use poly fill, it is always a challenge to get it to stay in the corners of the pillow. Using Target’s method, my issue would be solved!  But for this project, it doesn’t matter because I am using a Pottery Barn down insert.

I purchased an invisible zipper and sewed it into the bottom opening.  I did not take pictures during the process. Nor am I writing a tutorial on how to sew in a zipper. It was not a pretty process and did not go smoothly. But I got it done.  And while it is not perfect, it will do the job!

The pillow is so much more cozy and soft with the down insert!  It was a small time investment but worth the effort!

jen

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Comments

  1. i love this idea! i need washable pillow covers (kids, dog, etc.) but target rarely sells removable covers!

  2. Perfect! Covers are the way to go -the zipper looks great, would have never know the challenge you had! So fun that you found the poly fill sewn right in -like a little treasure. 🙂

  3. Love this!! And I love that you discovered the sewn in polyfill. I’ll have to try that too! I would love for you to share this at “I Made This” at Grits & Giggles going on right now! http://www.gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com/2012/06/i-made-this-9.html

  4. Taking out some of the stuffing is genius! I’m always disappointed when a pillow is too full, partly because I too love a good couch nap, and partly because you can’t do that fun karate chop thing on the top to get it to look just right. thanks!

  5. Debra Kapellakis says:

    It is a pretty pillow! 🙂

  6. Jen, I am sharing your project tomorrow during Sticker Time!
    Thank you so much for sharing it at my party 🙂

  7. You are one smart cookie! Genius idea to unfluff and add a form …

    And the poly sewn in the corner is a really interesting idea … hmmm …

    Thanks so much for sharing at Pillowpalooza!

    🙂

    Linda

  8. What a great idea!!! I have often seen pretty pillows without zippers! AND of course down inserts are the only way to go:)

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