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I am making an 18" toss pillow to go with the Prickly Pear quilt for DS 25 (Border help requested thread). I have quilted a block for the front of the pillow, and believe I will quilt bind the front to the back. The back is not quilted.

I think the form should be removable for laundering. What are your thoughts on an envelope opening vs. a zipper?

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Lori, I prefer the envelope better than the zipper. You can make the back more decorative than using a zipper. You can have a flap just like a letter envelope with a button on the point to close or a straight opening or any decorative opening.
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I prefer a zipper opening, and since I learned how to do it they are quick to do.
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I always use the envelope because that's the only way I know. I think it's an acceptable method.

How did you learn the zipper method Marie? Is there a tute you can link to or something? I would not mind learning something new. 

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I like the envelope method because I know how to do it, and me and zippers go back a long and treacherous way... anyway, by using the envelope method you are saving a zipper for some other task,being socially responsible for not over-using our precious natural resources. The zipper trees of New Zealand thank you.
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The zipper trees of New Zealand thank you.


Ha Ha Ha!!! [rofl]


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http://www.houseonhillroad.com/my_weblog/tutorials-patterns-and-other-free-stuff-1.html

Just need to scroll down a little to find the tutorial, I think there is a video, and a picture/photo step by step process. I follow the photo process. 

I have a similar phobia about zip insertion, but once I mastered this one it was brilliant. I made a mistake once, and somehow the lapped bit ended up wrong, but it still worked as a cushion cover. I made loads of covers before Christmas, all different sizes, and still follow this tut to make sure I don't go wrong again.
I do not like piping either, so I sew a ?french seam instead as faux piping.
I will be making some more this weekend for my son and girlfriend.

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Thanks Marie. I'll watch it. 
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French seams would be easy, too! But since I get the math wrong adding borders to get to the desired finished size, (always forget the 1/4" x 2 x number of seams), I am not so sure I could handle it.

I haven't trimmed the front yet, nor cut the back...hmmm.

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The size of the french seam for faux piping effect tends to be of a variable size - dependent on the wiggle room of the form inside the cover, but I do prefer it to piping any day, and the seam inside is totally enclosed too, and they do look quite smart!
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You definitely want to be able to launder your pillow cover especially if they're going to get a lot of use (like kids, pets, napping, etc).  I haven't had much luck with "washable" pillow forms.

If you really hate zippers, maybe try some snap tape?  http://www.joann.com/snap-tape/1923036.html#sz=51&start=1 or http://www.wawak.com/Snap-Tape-12-yds
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I might have snap tape around. I like the way the pillow/zipper turned out on the photo tutorial, tho I couldn't follow a few of her steps. I'll have to watch again, but from the computer instead of the phone. Decisions, decisions.
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Try the photo gallery: http://www.houseonhillroad.com/photos/put_a_zipper_in_your_pill/index.html
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I might have snap tape around. I like the way the pillow/zipper turned out on the photo tutorial, tho I couldn't follow a few of her steps. I'll have to watch again, but from the computer instead of the phone. Decisions, decisions.


I had to read it several times, and even then I was still a little puzzled - true zip fear!! Finally, I did each step at the machine, with the computer beside me and so could double check each step as I went along.

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I took a patternmaking/garment construction course in Tacoma about 15 years ago and one of the things we had to do was make a "sample" book - basically a 3-ring binder with plastic page protectors where we would keep our "complicated" construction samples (bound pockets, sleeve plackets, skirt vents, button flys, etc).  Using fabric scraps and contrasting thread (so we could see the stitches), we would made a sample of each and every step, slip them into a page protector (with a piece of paper behind it), and then into our binder - I think my "bound pocket with flap" is 20+ pages.  If there was something we wanted to note, we would use fabric bandage tape to make arrows or mark notes (like "stop stitching 1/2" from edge") right on the sample.  That way, we would have a visual record of construction techniques. We also made lots and lots of samples.  I've found that even the most daunting construction detail, broken down into parts and sampled a few times, isn't really intimidating anymore....tedious, but empowering.

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At long last, the pillow is finished...just in time for gifting today. The zipper tut was amazing, tho a step or two had me for a bit.

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It's very pretty, Lori! Glad you got it all figured out 🤗
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Last installment: a pair of pillow cases for the Prickly pair ensemble.

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Very nice, Lori!
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Very good job Lori. You may now make many more.
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Cute Lori! I like those.

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[smile]. The pillowcases go together very fast, as long as I follow directions and my serger is working. The trouble starts when I try to sew a 26" piece to the 40" side. Times like then I wish the serger wasn't working! Thanks, all.
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