DIY tassels throw pillow with invisible zipper. This DIY pillow cover is inspired by Serena and Lily coastal style! I added tassels to add more boho flare to it, and I also used invisible zipper for the pillow cover closure. If you are interested, keep reading and be sure to check out the video tutorial too!
DIY Serena and lily inspired pillow at the fraction of the cost
Last time I shared how to make Serena and Lily inspired throw pillows with napkins! So this time I want to share how to sew invisible zipper throw pillows and how to make and add tassels to your pillow! These two pillows are still inspired by Serena & Lily style, but with a different vibe and very different DIY techniques.
I love the brand Serena & Lily their pillows covers can easily go above $100. I DIY’ed this blue tasseled throw pillow for under $10, and the vintage striped pillow for under $16.
I just love how they turned out! The finished throw pillows look classic and expensive despite low cost! The finished pillow is slightly less than 20 in by 20 in, probably around 19 in by 19 in. Both pillow fabric is 100% cotton but has a pure linen texture!
I added tassel to add more boho flare to it, and I also used invisible zipper for the pillow cover closure.
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DIY pillow from napkins
Great napkins sources for DIY pillow covers
Invisible Zipper vs normal zipper
If you want your DIY pillow to have a professional finish, and easy maintenance, I highly recommend adding a zipper closure, either a normal zipper or invisible zipper.
For this project, I used an invisible zipper.
Invisible zipper is a type of zipper that has its teeth facing inward, rather than outward. Invisible zipper is generally more hidden on a pillow cover which works great if you don’t want to showcase the zipper.
For normal zipper installation, you can check out my other DIY pillow post(with video).
DIY tassel throw pillow video
Check out my video version of this DIY invisible pillow cover with tassels! And feel free subscribe to my youtube channel if you would like to watch more videos like this.
DIY throw pillow materials and tools
DIY tassel pillow cover step by step instructions
Because both pillows use the same process and the blue pillow is more complicated due to the tassel details at the corners, so I’m using this blue pillow cover as an example in this video. I’m also using a matching color thread for sewing and to make the tassels.
Step 1. Install invisible zipper
For this type of napkins, the hem is pretty narrow, only 1/2 inch. So I decided to keep the hem and used it as a finished edge inside my pillow cover. My finished pillow cover is around 19 x 19 inches.
The first step is to install the invisible zipper.
I placed the invisible zipper on top of the napkin, with the right side facing each other. Keep in mind that for invisible zippers the teeth are on the wrong side. And the side with the zipper pull is actually the right side.
I used a zipper foot for sewing invisible zippers, as it made my life easier but this is optional.
Then I just sewed very closely to the zipper teeth. The closer it is to zipper teeth, the more invisible your zipper would be on the finished pillow cover.
And then I just followed the same process for the other side of the zipper and the napkin.
I have to say, This is not the most traditional way to install an invisible zipper but rather my simplified version, because I’m usually not patient enough to install them in the traditional way.
Step 2. Make tassels for pillow cover out of thread
After installing the zipper it was time to sew the whole pillow cover together. But before that, I needed to DIY tassels out of thread for the throw pillow corners. 2 tassels per corner!
This way I can sew everything together in one go and finish the pillow construction and adding tassels at the same time!
To make tassels, I wrapped some thread around a small cardboard. You can decide how full your tassel is and wrap accordingly.
Then I passed some extra thread through the loops I just created, and then tie it really well. Now I can Cut the other end of the loops so that it forms a tassel shape.
To create the little head of the tassel, I used another piece of thread to tie it ¼ inch from the top. I left a small loop at the beginning so I can put the end of the string into the loop and this will hide the knot.
And then I just pulled the knot really tightly and then trim the tassel to a desired length.
Here’s a summary on the steps:
Step 3. Sew pillow cover and tassels
Now it’s time to construct the pillow cover!
I pined around the three other sides of the pillow cover with the right side facing each other, and brought it to my sewing machine.
I sewed right inside the finish hem. Because I used the napkins, there’s no raw edges to finish after construction which is perfect.
Before I reached each corner I placed two tassels inside with the tassel top facing the corner. make sure to sew it slowly so that you can have a good control of the tassel position.
I sewed 2 tassels to each corner of the pillow cover, and then made sure to tie the string from each tassel together so they are super secured to the pillow.
And this is what it looks like after I flipped it right side out, with cute tassels on the corner!
If installing the tassel while sewing the pillow looks overwhelming to you, you can attach the tassels afterwards. Just use a needle to pull each tie inside of the pillow cover with a little space in between. Then you can tie them into a double knot. (Check out my video above for details)
Step 4. test and adjust
Now the pillow cover is done and it is time to try it out. I used a 20 by 20 pillow insert for Ikea and it fits perfectly! I make sure to push the insert into each Corner to make it look more full.
So that’s how I DIY’ed the blue throw pillow with tassels and invisible zipper. I followed the same step to make the vintage striped throw pillow cover, except skipping the tassel part.
I hope you got some ideas and inspirations from this DIY invisible zipper pillow tutorial. And be sure to check out my other DIY pillow post to learn about normal zipper techniques and also how to deal with napkins with wide hems.