Pillow Closures

Pillow Closures-1Snap tape and hook and loop tape are easy to handle and give closures a flat, smooth finish. Snap tape allows some give on closures and is suitable for pillows that are very soft. Because closure seam allowances 3/4″ (2 cm) wide, use 5/8″ (1.5 cm) tape.

Overlap closures are placed in the center back of a pillow. Zippers hook and loop tape or snap tape can be inserted in the center back or side seam. Except for pillows with overlap closures, cut pillows allowing for 3/4″ (2 cm) seam allowances on closure seam.

A simple overlap closure is a technique for pillow shams as well as an easy and inexpensive closure method for any pillow.

How to Sew an Overlap Closure

1) Cut pillow back 5-1/2′ (14 cm) wider than front to allow 3″ (7.5 cm) overlap. Cut back in half, cutting across widened dimension.

2) Press under 1/4 (6 mm), then 1″ (2.5 cm) for double-fold hem on each center edge of pillow back.

Edgestitch  or blindstitch the hems in place.

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3) Pin pillow front to back with raw edges even and hemmed edges overlapping in center. Stitch 1/2′ (1.3 cm) seams. Turn right side out and insert pillow form or liner.

{Credit} Singer sewing for the Home (copyright 1984-1988)

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