Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bolster Pillow with Coordinating Flange with Invisible Zipper

This was quite possibly one of the hardest projects I've tackled.  It's a bolster pillow made with brown mohair fabric with an animal print flange.  Incidentally, this animal print is made by Coraggio Tzavo at over $300 per yard I hear.  My client picked up these remnants and wanted a pillow. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough for a full pillow, so we improvised.

I promise when I have this technique down, I will post a tutorial.  Why is it so tough you ask?  Because it has a zipper.  You can just barely see it here in the bottom left corner where the mohair meets the flange.

I absolutely love this look and will definitely repeat it.  So hopefully, I'll do another soon.

Doesn't this fabric just look gorgeous?

And would you believe me if I told you I washed it??  Oh the horror!  Yes, I washed $300+/yard fabric.  My client absolutely hates to dry clean anything.  Most of these items go into rental units, so laundering is more affordable.

If you have any suggestions on books or tutorials on these types of pillows, please let me know.  I'd love to pick something up.  The most difficult part is joining the two pieces together after the flange has been attached.

Here is what it looks like before joining front to back.  This is the front.  The back, not shown, has the invisible zip placed between the flange and mohair at the bottom.

Then they are stitched wrong sides together and turned right side out.  Then stitching down the flange near that zip is where the challenge is.  I'll keep working on it though and share when I have it perfect.

Happy Thursday!


  1. Wow...color me impressed with all that you've been doing, Angela!!! LOVE that pillow, even if you did have some difficulty, it sure doesn't show. Talk to Shirley Clark on ES about it...she has done a million pillows, as I remember.
    So sweet of you to stop by for a visit. I miss the gang & will pop back in one of these days.

    1. So nice to see you Rett! Still praying for you and Ern. We miss you too but totally understand your absence. Just know we are thinking of you. :)