How to Make a Monogrammed Zippered Pillow Cover (An Easy Tutorial for the Total Beginner)

Easy tutorial for beginners to learn how to make a zippered pillow cover and stencil it with a cute Monogram. It’s a lot easier than you might think. This Zippered Pillow cover is simple to make and will spruce up your Home.

If you have been around long enough, you might have noticed I have a thing for pillows. I make pillow covers every time I have the chance or the budget LOL. I think creative and personalized Pillow covers add character to our homes.

How to Make a Monogrammed Zippered Pillow Cover

How to Make a Monogrammed Zippered Pillow Cover (An Easy Tutorial for the Total Beginner)

Several years back, actually when I was a teen, I decided I had to teach myself how to make pillow covers on my own so I could decorate my bedroom my way. Fancy pillows did not make the budget cuts and my mom was not willing to buying me those pretty pillows I loved. So, I found fabric and would make my own (Thankfully, my mom used to sew a lot back then so I usually had fabric around).

I started with envelope pillows, using a method I could spot on my mom’s sofa pillows {read my tutorials here (One piece) and here (3 pieces) if those method interests you instead}. It still works well, but I started to hate the opening on the back and struggle with the pillows each time I have to arrange the sofa and I preferred the look of zipper-bottomed pillows.Easy How to Make a Monogrammed Zippered Pillow Cover

I’m going to start off by saying that I’m not a sewer, I’m not a pro and I don’t know if this is THE perfect method but it worked wonderfully for me. So, if I could make this pillow cover and stencil it, you definitely can too.

Now, this is a really basic tutorial. However, I’m going to assume you know how to work your sewing machine. Even though I have sewn here and there, I still consider myself a VERY beginner sewer and can’t do much outside of a straight line. If you can do that and follow directions well, you’re a winner.

I also understand not everyone has a cutting machine, so if you don’t have one, you can find pretty Letter and floral stencils at your local craft stores. You can definitely create a gorgeous pillow cover. So, if you are using stencils, scroll down until I finish painting for the Pillow cover tutorial.

Monogrammed Zippered Pillow Cover Supplies:

  • Fabric: You will need 2 pieces per pillow cut to the same dimensions as your pillow insert + 1cm seam allowance on each side.
  • A Pillow Insert.
  • A Zipper: I used the same length as the pillow insert
  • A Sewing Machine
  • A zipper foot
  • A coordinating thread, pins, scissors, and an iron.
  • Freezer Paper (or a stencil of your choice)
  • Black Fabric Paint
  • Foam brush

Monogrammed Zippered Pillow Cover Tutorial

The first thing you need to do is cut 2 pieces of fabric, one for the front of the pillow and one for the back.

I like to cut my fabric to the dimensions of my pillow insert + 1 cm seam allowance. This way it fits the pillow form nice and slightly snug. If you like it tighter, don’t add the 1cm and just cut to the exact dimensions of my pillow insert.

Creating and Painting the Monogram.

I used my Silhouette Studio to design the Monogram. Since it reads most of your fonts, you can choose your favorite. I used a serif one that I love. Then I found a cute curvy floral stem and using the tracing tool I converted it on a cut-able shape. Adjusted a few lines to be look smoother and it was done!

Then I created a circle with the stem shape duplicating it and adjusting position and angle. It took me 4 stems in total.

Placed the M (Medina Family) in the center and right below the M, I added est. 2009 which is the year we got married.

The Monogram was ready. I just adjusted the size to the maximum the machine could cut (12×12 Inches).

Then when using Freezer paper it’s important to remember that the waxed side should be facing up. For this reason is super important to remember to flip the design before cutting. For this, you just need to select the whole design and go to Object > Mirror > Flip Horizontally.

Now you can send to cut. I used Copy Paper setting, BUT I set the blade to 1 instead the default 2.

Once cut, carefully remove from mat the main design, leaving the inner parts for now.

Take one piece of your fabric, iron it well and mark the center. Place carefully your freezer paper stencil wax side facing down on the fabric as centered as you can.