This is kind of a long tutorial for a scatter cushion, but the end result is a beautiful cushion with a completely concealed zipper as appose to the quick in-seam zipper.
You will need the following:
Fabric for the cushion cover and bow
Matching sewing thread
45 cm zipper
The Cushion Cover
Cut the required length and width of fabric for the cushion cover. I drafted a pattern of 46 cm x 47 (18 x 18 1/2 in) cut on fold and with 1.5 cm (1/2 in) seam allowance included. The completed cushion measures 43 cm x 43 cm (17 X 17 in).
Fold 2 cm (3/4 in) towards the wrong side and lightly iron the fold. This will be the underlap for the zipper. Fold 4 cm (1 1/2 in) towards the wrong side on the opposite end and lightly press the fold. This forms the overlap for the zipper.
Fold 33 cm (13 in) upwards from the overlap section and lightly press the fold. Fold 12 cm (4 3/4 in) downwards from the underlap section as illustrated and lightly press the fold.
Sew two rows of gathering stitches in the center of the bow. Pull the bobbin thread up to gather the center and tie a knot.
The Center Tie
Cut a length of fabric 12 cm x 16 cm (4 3/4 x 6 1/4 in). Pin and sew the tie right sides together. Turn the tie to the right side. Neaten the raw edges. Press lightly.
Sew the two ends right sides together and press the seam open. Push the bow through the tie. Hand stitch the tie to the right side of the cushion cover as illustrated. With right sides together, pin and stitch the bow to the side seams of the cover as illustrated.
Place the zipper face down on the overlap as illustrated and pin/tack the zipper tape next to the raw edge. Machine stitch in place.
Pin/tack the other zipper tape to the underlap and machine stitch in place.
Pin and stitch the side seams right sides together. Neaten the raw edges with overlocking or a zigzag stitch if the fabric is likely to fray.
The end result is a completely concealed zipper and only two side seams.
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