Easiest ever 30 minute cushion (with super simple zipper how to)

Cushions with zippers in 30 minutes. Can’t be done right?

Well that’s what I thought recently while trying to make my own and scratching my head at some of the tutorials out there.

I mean, cushions aren’t hard.

In fact, they’re great places for beginners to start.But something about cushions with zippers has always intimidated me.

Recently though, it’s been pretty obvious that we really needed to update our old tatty cushions. So I challenged myself to find a really easy way to make cushion covers with zippers. And here we are!

So expect:

  • the easiest ever tutorial for making a cusion with a zipper
  • and an amazing tip for sewing the plumpest, most delicious cushions ever

If you’re still not convinced you want to use a zipper in your cushion, that’s cool too. You can check out this old tutorial on making cushions without zippers. She’s an oldie, but still a goodie 😁

So, read on if you’re keen to get your cushion game on.

Easiest ever 30 minute cushion (with super simple zipper how to)

What you need

  • fabric for your cushions, about 1 metre should do a standard size cushion, but you may need more.
  • zipper, depends on the size of your cushion, but any zipper 10 cm or less than the length of one size should do the trick
  • zipper foot for your machine
  • thread, needles, a sewing machine, pins, scissors 

The how to

Attaching the zipper

1. Start by cutting your fabric to the exact size of your cushion. That’s right don’t add any seam allowance. I know it may seem odd, but this is my number 1 trick for getting delicious plump cushions. And it works every time.

So if you’re cushion is 50 cm x 50 cm (like the good ol’ IKEA cushions I’m using) then cut your fabric to be the same. 50 cm x 50 cm cushions = 50 cm x 50 cm squares. 80 cm x 40 cm cushions = 80 cm x 40 squares. You get it.

Cut 2 shapes. I used the same fabric for the front and back, but you could get all fancy and cut a different fabric for your back.

2. Place your zipper face down on the right side of the fabric. Line up the edge of the zipper with the raw edge of your fabric. The main body of the zipper should be over the cushion fabric. Try and centre the zipper if you can so that there’s an even amount of space on either side.

Make sure the zipper is zipped closed. Pin in place (if you want – I never do!)

3. Put a zipper foot on your machine. This isn’t essential – you can get a pretty decent result with your regular foot – but it just means you can get a little bit closer to the edge of the zipper teeth.

Line up your foot to sew as close to the zipper teeth as you can. If you can adjust the position of your needle (like I can on my machine) try and move it as close to the zipper teeth as you can (without sewing directly on the teeth of the zipper).

Sewing up the cushion

4. Start sewing where the teeth start, leaving the ends of the zipper tape (the bit without teeth) free. Sew to the middle of the zipper and stop, leaving the needle in the machine. Lift your foot up (but leave the needle in the machine) and pull the zipper pull past the needle so that the zipper is open. Once the zipper is out of the way, put the foot down and continue sewing.

(FYI This allows you to sew the whole length of the zipper without the zipper getting the way. Result!)

Stop where the teeth end. Back track at the start and end.

5. Place the fabric piece you have just sewn over the other fabric piece (the one without a zipper attached to it), right sides together. Line up the edge of the zipper with the raw edge of the fabric piece. Make sure the zipper is facing down, towards the right side.

Sew as you did for the first piece (putting the needle down halfway through and pulling up the zipper).

6. You should now have the two pieces of fabric attached together at the zipper. Change your foot back to a normal foot. Pull the zipper tabs out of the way – so they’re away from the inside of the cushion.

Sew from the edge of the pillow towards the zipper. You should finish over the stitching you made to attach the zipper. Repeat for the other side.

7. You should now have one side of the cushion attached with a zipper. Almost there.

Now place both cushion pieces over each other, right sides together. Stitch all the way around the cushion with 1 cm – 1.5 cm seam allowance.

8. Trim the corners. Turn out and press. Voila you’re all done!


I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). Pfaff has given me the machine iI used to make this cushion n exchange for sharing my thoughts on my blog and across social media. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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