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).|
|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.|
|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.|
|11. Turn right side out and press|
|12. Stitch 4″ from the edge around all 4 edges. This creates the ruffle.|
|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!