How to make -
A Piped Cushion
zipped in a plain or patterned fabric
  • - Fabric
  • - Thread
  • - Zip (std NOT concealed)
  • - Cushion Pad
  • - Piping Cord
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Zip Foot
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • - Cushion Template
  • Step 8: Insert the zip

    ATTACH THE ZIP (Part 1)

    First join the zip to the piping side of the opening:

    • Open out the joined panels and lay right side down.
    • Ensure your zip at least 4cm longer than the opening.
    • Open the zip out.
    • Place the zip face down on the opening (zip pull facing downwards) with 2cm excess at the open end.
    • Push the teeth of the zip tight up against the piping and tack in place.
    • Machine stitch close to the teeth (approx 3mm away) with a zip foot.
    • Remove the tacking stitches.

    The first side of the zip should now be sewn in.

    This video shows you
    • How to position your zip correctly.
    • How to pin and tack the zip.
    • Why we tack the zip.
    • How to neatly sew the first side of the zip in.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Anetta Hall

    I've machined sewn my zipper into my piped cushion cover ;(right sides together)and one side looks neat but the other side looks tatty?? Any suggestions.


    Hi Anetta

    Have you followed the techniques we showed in the videos? Or just tried to do it following the written instructions. The videos show how we do it in detail.


    I purchased a day's viewing of the piped cushion videos yesterday and today have a lovely cushion. I am now confident to make more. As you say in your tip the videos are extremely well worthwhile and great value for money! Your written tutorial is clear and extremely high quality, but nothing replaces a good demonstration. Your commentary and hints are very helpful and the close-up shots are superb. Thank you so much from a grateful sewer. PS I haven't tacked for a long time but followed your advice to do this on the zip, and got superior results.


    Wow thanks for the great feedback.

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