How To Sew a Pillow Sham

Nothing finishes off a bed better than custom pillows. But you don’t need to go out and buy pillow forms… use the pillows you already have! Sew a pillow sham with complimentary fabrics… maybe a few pillows with contrasting fabrics… and now you have some wonderful drama!

Pillow shams are super easy and require very little fabric. You can easily whip out a pillow sham in a matter of minutes. And here’s how to sew them….

1. Measure around the middle of your pillow lengthwise (L) and widthwise (W). how to sew pillow sham
2. Cut your face fabric to:cut length = L/2 + 4″ + 4″ + 1″ for seams + 1″ for movement cut width = W/2 + 4″ + 4″ + 1″ for seams + 1″ for movement Example:
My pillow is 24″ around lengthwise (L)
My pillow is 36″ around widthwise (W)
cut length = 24/2 + 4 + 4 + 1 + 1 = 22″cut width = 36/2 + 4 + 4 + 1 + 1 = 28″
3. Cut one piece of lining to:cut length = L/2 + 10″cut width = W/4 + 2″ for overlap + 2″ for fold under + 4″ + 1/2″ for seam + 1/2″ for movement Example:
cut length = 24/2 + 10 = 22″
cut width = 36/4 + 2 + 2 + 4 + 1/2 + 1/2 = 18″
4. Cut another piece of lining to:cut length = L/2 + 10″cut width = W/4 + 2″ for fold under + 4″ + 1/2″ for seam + 1/2″ for movement Example:
cut length = 24/2 + 10 = 22″
cut width = 36/4 + 2 + 4 + 1/2 + 1/2 = 16″
5. Serge, overlock or zig-zag stitch along all raw edges of each fabric and lining panel.
6. Lay the lining panels wrong sides up and fold in one side edge on each panel 2″ and press. Stitch in place with a straight stitch. how to sew pillow sham
7. Lay the fabric panel right side up.
8. Lay the larger lining panel right side down with the raw edges aligned.
9. Lay the other lining panel right side down aligning the other side raw edge.10. Sew a 1/2″ seam along all 4 edges. how to sew pillow sham
11. Turn right side out and press
12. Stitch 4″ from the edge around all 4 edges. This creates the ruffle. how to sew pillow sham
13. Insert your pillow.

 

Wasn’t that easy?!

Pillow shams are super easy and quick to make.

Here’s some ideas to make this design your own:

1. Make the pillow sham without the extra 4″ around the edges.

2. Bind the edges with a contrasting fabric.

3. Create your fabric from 9 squares of fabric for a patchwork effect.

4. Add custom welting cord around the edges.

The possiblities are endless. Use your imagination and have fun!

Happy Sewing!

Jenny T.

 

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