Begin by printing the free Poppy Pillow Slipcover pattern
. (Margins are included, no need to scale.)
Cut out the pieces on the black line using craft scissors, then tape together. Pieces A & B will be on top, and C & D will be on the bottom.
You have a lot of options when it comes to fabric. You’ll need 2/3 yard for the front and 2/3 yard for the back of either cotton, flannel, or Minky. The fabric needs to be at least 44 inches wide on the bolt; you will need extra fabric if you’re working with a smaller width. Remember to pre-wash and dry your fabric to prevent shrinking.
Fold the fabric in half and place the straight edge of the pattern on the fold. Pin in place and cut out. Repeat for the back piece.
Layer the two pieces right-sides together and pin. Leave an opening for the 18-inch zipper along the top curve. Sew the pieces together with a 1/4 inch seam. (Never inserted a zipper before? Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through it.)
Clip and notch the curves to help the fabric lay flat. Be careful not to snip your stitches.
Turn right side out and press.
Pin the zipper to the top edge of the fabric. You only need to pin through the top half of the zipper tape. Be sure you are only pinning through a single layer of fabric.
Switch to your sewing machine’s zipper foot. A zipper foot’s base is narrow like a ski, allowing you to get close to the zipper. Depending on the foot and your machine, you may be able to attach the foot either on the left or right side of the bar. Other machines may require you to switch the needle position to the left or right instead.
You may want to remove the machine’s sewing arm.
Insert the fabric around the sewing machine. Remember, you are only sewing through one layer of fabric. Stitch very close to the zipper’s teeth.
Stop a couple inches away from the zipper pull. With the needle down, open the zipper by pushing the pull past the foot. This is a little awkward, but you’ll manage. Continue sewing down the length of the zipper tape.
Turn the slipcover inside out. Line up the free edge of the fabric with the free side of the zipper tape. Pin together, remembering to only pin through one half of the zipper tape.
Depending on your zipper foot, you may need to switch it to the opposite side. Sew the zipper in place, again remembering to stop to open the zipper.
Finally, I recommend using pinking shears on the seams to give the slipcover a longer life. You could also serge, overlock, or zig-zag over the seams for extra durability.
Turn right side out through the zipper opening and press.
To learn how to make your own C-shaped pillow form, check out the Poppy Pillow Form
Please note that this pillow is intended for infant support and feeding. Baby should never sleep on a pillow.
Made By Marzipan is in no way affiliated with The Boppy Company.
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