Zippered Throw Pillow- Third Times a Charm

After we brought our little bundle of joy home, and after she got through her wrestle with dehydration, we found out that she was a spitter. Need evidence? Well, there's some here, but our throw pillows are exhibit B.

See all those splotches and stains? They were victims of her not-yet-strong-enough esophagus.

I am a cheap-o, so I didn't want to buy new ones. Throw pillows are ridiculously over priced, in my opinion, and the pillow forms from the fabric store are not much cheaper. I'd been planning on recovering them for some time but just hadn't gotten around to it. I'm going for more of a 'collected over time' look, so they aren't going to be so matchy-matchy when I'm through. Knowing I had different plans for all of them, I decided to start with the easiest one first. I read this tutorial from Prudent Baby a while back and knew I wanted these pillows to have a removable cover.  I like the idea of the zipper (rather than an envelope or pocket closure) because the fit is a bit more snug. The tutorial had been pretty straightforward back when I read it, so instead of reading it again I relied on my mad sewing skills and got started.

I started out by measuring my pillow...

Then cutting my fabric.

 This fabric is salvaged from a property my in-laws bought that we all refer to as the 'sugar shack'. It is quite literally a shack. They had to gut it completely and are now building it back up from the bare bones. The fabric was hanging as curtains on french doors. It was pretty gnarly looking, but I had a feeling it might clean up nicely. I have no clue what kind of fabric it is, so I don't know how to launder it properly, but I just threw it in hot water and dried it to see how it would come out. I knew I didn't want something that couldn't be washed, so if it was totally ruined by the wash there would be no love lost. Luckily the fabric came out intact, and now I know I can wash it!

I ironed on interfacing, since this fabric doesn't hold its shape well. I knew it would be tricky to sew if I didn't.

And that is when I stopped taking pictures. Because I messed up. And I was mad about it. When I ironed on my interfacing my fabric got all wonky and misshapen and it was no longer the size/shape I needed. Fail.

So I decided I would make it into one of those smaller pillows. I trimmed it down. I sewed the two pieces together on one side. I sewed my zipper on. I realized my seam allowance was too small and my zipper wasn't straight, and so I pulled out my seam ripper and got to unpickin. Then I accidentally picked a hole in the zipper tape, so I couldn't sew it back on. Fail again.

At this point I realized the project would wait for another day, because I was frustrated and I now needed to buy another zipper. When I finally did buy another zipper, I went back and read the tutorial. This time I ironed my interfacing on before cutting my fabric so that once I made the cuts it wouldn't change shape on me. This step could be avoided if I used fabric that was meant for this sort of project, rather than meant for draperies or something like that. But it was free. And I love the color. After ironing on the interfacing and cutting my fabric I followed the directions to a T. And what do you know! It turned out great, and was actually the easy project I thought it would be!

I like the contrast of the masculine and modern tweed couch with this soft floral fabric. Bonus- I accidentally centered this flower on the front and back. Happy accident.

See this zipper? Looks pretty good, right?

The moral of the story? Follow the directions. The tutorial is a good one, and I'll follow it for my next pillow from the start.