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Zippers make great flower stems on modern quilted pillow


We’re on the home stretch of finishing the Flower Power Pillow! Sometimes, you can never tell where you’ll get the material to embellish your modern quilting project. In this post, I want to show you how zippers can mimic flower stems, and in the process making use of zippers in an entirely new way.


Flower Power Pillow
Flower Power Pillow


Lay your embellishments you made in a pleasing manner to the front of your pillow. I used unzipped zippers for stems, and tassels for flowers as well as the rick rack flowers. You can either stitch down now or after you sew the back of pillow to top.

Just remember not to sew through both! I sewed the zipper stems down then attached the flowers after I put it back together.


Zippers pulled apart make great flower stems
Zippers pulled apart make great flower stems


Take your two back pieces and laying right sides down on the quilt top, so right sides are together, wrong sides out, matching outer edges so the sewn edges of the back overlap.

Pin in place and sew completely around the outer edges using a ½ʺ seam allowance.

Gently flip right side out and press if necessary. Sew the flowers on.

Center the tassels around the pillow and attach using double thread and some tiny invisible stitches to each corner.


Two modern quilted pillows
Two modern quilted pillows


Sit back and enjoy! Imagine the possibilities of using different combinations of tassels, flowers and colors!

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4:  Tassel making for the Flower Power Pillow

I am a quilter who loves quilting outside the box especially when it comes to 3D and embellishments. My work has been published in books and magazines and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Quilters’ Association. When I am not in my studio, I am working as a Social Media Manager.

1 Comment

  1. Joanne

    What. Cool idea. I need to keep this in mind for my next pillow project

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