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Ideas to do the ends and NOT use a zipper
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Date: 9/20/12 9:46 AM

I am making a cover for a twin bed and I have two long bolsters - the type they put at the back to make it look sort of like a sofa/daybed. I have some nice washable upholstery suede to make it. The covers I have are one piece that goes around the entire bolster and then a separate piece on each end that is sewn with thick piping around the edges. A zipper goes along the corner at the bottom back. Any ideas of the EASIEST way to do these where I can remove to wash but not use a zipper and have the ends look neat? I figure I could just put a few bottons or snaps where the zipper would be with a little overlap - won't be seen from front. Really do not want to try to put separate ends in and try to sew them in and make them smooth. Has anyone done this by just using one piece and sort of folding the ends and wrapping (like gift wrap?) and then taking the folds down? I need to get this done quickly as I have a quilt for the bed to finish putting together (pieces sewn after being quilted since I don't have a long arm - first project - heaven help me!) - and then paint the room. Considering I'm running out of clothes and have a ton of clothing fabric and patterns to sew I just want this OVER!

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Date: 9/20/12 10:03 AM

alexis - I make bolsters for our yoga center and our system is to make two tubes for the covers. The inner tube has a circle of the decor fabric on one (with muslin or cheap lining fabric for the body. Lining is nice because the outer cover slides on really easily) end and the outer one is all made of the decor fabric. Each tube has a drawstring in a simple folded over casing on the other end. Then we just put the inner one on one direction and the outer one the other way and any exposed fabric from the inner tube has the decor fabric showing through.

Or you could put nice ends on the current cover (or inner cover if you have one), make a long tube with two drawstring ends and either use nice cording to make the drawstrings or tuck the ends in.

Oh - and another way to eliminate the problem of getting a smooth finish to the circular end is to make it bigger on purpose and pleat or gather it to fit.

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Date: 9/20/12 10:22 AM

Thanks for the various solutions - will think on it!

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Date: 9/21/12 10:03 AM

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make it bigger on purpose and pleat or gather it to fit.


This is not quite as clear as I would like it to be. When I say "it" I mean the cover part, not the circle. I haven't done one the other way around, so not sure how that would work.

And if you aren't set on the idea of a circle, I have done quite a few where I have just made the cover tube a bit longer, sewed up one end and put mitered corners on the sewn end, like a bag.

The hardest part of the whole process, and the reason they use zippers commercially, I'm sure, is getting the covers onto the bolster. You need to make the covers snug if you want a nice, smooth finish, but not so snug you can't get them onto the bolster.

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