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!


linking up to:

savvy southern style, michele raven designsthe shabby creek cottage, the 36th avenue, somewhat simple, house of hepworths, aka design, the shabby nest, at the picket fence, stuff and nonsense, chic on a shoestring decorating, the southern institute, nifty thrifty things, between naps on the porch, skip to my lou, my uncommon slice of suburbia, home stories a to z, todays creative blog,  it all started with paint

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  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!

  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!



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


  1. […] How to Add a Zipper to a Pillow by At Home in the Northwest. […]

Leave a Comment