I always wondered why the corners of my pillows stuck out a bit and were kind of pointy. After a bit of searching, I found out they are called “dog ears” in the sewing world. You can see how they kind of stick out here on this pillow I made:
There are rulers out there that you can buy that show you how to cut your fabric to eliminate these dog ears. After much searching, I found a few tips that I liked, but I wasn’t sure how to add an invisible zipper.
- This site basically has you take your measurements and divide them by 4. Then you would use that to mark your fabric. That is what I did.
- Other sites said to divide in thirds and that is where you would put your first mark. I thought that might be a bit too much.
The pillow I am making in this tutorial will be a 16″ finished pillow. I know other tutorials call for you cutting the material 16″x16″, but I don’t do that (personal preference).
- 2: 17″x17″ pieces of fabric
- 1 invisible zipper (12″-14″ invisible zippers work with this method).
- invisible zipper foot
- zipper foot
- straight stitch foot
Cut your fabric so that you have 2 17″x17″ pieces. Now the above tutorial has you make the following marks:
- 1/2″ square at the corner – I just put a dot 1/2″ in on both sides
- place a mark 4″ from the corner – how is this figured out? I took my finished size of 16″ and divided by 4.
- connect the marks you made with lines – I actually used my ruler and just used my rotary cutter to cut those sections off.
Zig zag around each side to help with fraying and press each side with your iron.
- Place your zipper on the bottom of one side of your fabric with the correct side facing down. I started with the top of my zipper about 1.5″ from the left side and pinned. Take it to your machine and use your invisible zipper foot to sew it on.
- Now you need to sew the zipper to the second piece of fabric. You want to line up your sides so the zipper goes in correctly. Once you do that start pinning at the top of the zipper, stopping your last pin around the same point as you started the first side.
- Now that the invisible zipper is in, pin that side together since it isn’t completely sewn together yet.
- You will then put your regular zipper foot on your machine and move your needle position all the way to the right. Pull the ends of your zipper out to make sewing the zipper in easier and sew from the zipper to the edge of the fabric. You want to start about 1/2″ before where you stopped stitching the invisible zipper in.
Now all you need to do is pin the whole pillow together. Keep your zipper open some so you can turn the pillow right side out.
And here is your finished pillow! The dog ears are almost completely eliminated, and my pillow looks square!
Happy sewing! If you have any questions, please let me know!