How to make -
A Piped Cushion
zipped in a plain or patterned fabric
Step 8: Insert the zip


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.

Questions & Comments

Sue Perry

how do I purchase a day's viewing - I can only find prices for 1 month or 3 month's tutorial.


We only offer 1 month or 3months on the curtain and blind tutorials and 28days on the cushion tutorials.

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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