Adding a Zipper to a Target Pillow

I recently purchased a pillow for our couch from Target.  I liked the pattern, but I didn't like how full of 'fluff' it was.  I like to lay on my couch {and I've been known to snooze on my couch too} so a comfortable pillow is a must.   I decided to add a zipper and down insert, thus eliminating the hard pillow issue! And it also makes the pillow cover removable for easy washing!

Using my seam ripper, I tore out the seam on the bottom {and removed the large tag as well}.  Then I removed all of the fluff {and believe me when I say there was a ton! It nearly filled a plastic trash bag!}

I thought this was interesting....when I turned the pillow inside-out, the corners had poly fill sewn into them.  I thought this was ingenious!  Whenever I use poly fill, it is always a challenge to get it to stay in the corners of the pillow. Using Target's method, my issue would be solved!  But for this project, it doesn't matter because I am using a Pottery Barn down insert.

I purchased an invisible zipper and sewed it into the bottom opening.  I did not take pictures during the process. Nor am I writing a tutorial on how to sew in a zipper. It was not a pretty process and did not go smoothly. But I got it done.  And while it is not perfect, it will do the job!

The pillow is so much more cozy and soft with the down insert!  It was a small time investment but worth the effort!


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