With every craft skill we have to start somewhere and approaching your first sewing project can be daunting. One of the best first projects to attempt on your sewing machine is a simple pillow with a zipper opening so that it can be removed and washed. It comprises two pieces of fabric, straight line stitching and a zipper – it could not be more simple. And you get the benefit of making something new and fabulous to add to your home or to give to a friend. Pillows are the easiest way to update any room decor, add color and comfort to your outdoor furniture or to accessorize your bedroom in complementary colors and patterns. You can choose literally any fabric from leather to denim, bamboo to burlap – whatever your style there’s a fabric, color and pattern to suit you. The pillow I am making in this sewing tutorial is for my summer update of my living room where I wanted to mix the navy from my rug with a small infusion of coral. I will be showing you a full tour of this updated space next week to include two more fabulous DIY projects. Finding it difficult to locate that perfect fabric, our studio designed this whimsical bunny print and a coordinating white and coral dot pattern to match. You can order both of these patterns at Spoonflower and select any fabric to suit your project. We chose the Heavy Cotton Twill for our pillows. To sum it up, all you need to make your own pillow is your fabric, a pillow filler, a zipper in a matching or contrasting color, measuring tape, fabric scissors and your sewing machine. Make sure you have the zipper foot attachment to hand before you begin. Feel free to let me know how you get along in the comments section and if you would like to share your work with me please do so on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter – I love to see your work. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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