Thursday, April 21, 2011

How To Make A Pillow Sham

Hey Guys, Sorry for being MIA the last few days. I have been really busy with design and family stuff. But I have a tutorial for you. Its super easy! I am not a seamstress by any means and I taught myself how to sew. I think I have used a pattern twice in my life. Haha. But this project did not require one. Pillow shams are so easy and I found a bunch of this fabric on clearance for $2 a yard and since I only have a $100 budget for my bedroom I had to sew and get crafty. =) It's only a 30 min project and so easy!So here it goes...

-1 Yard of fabric (for each pillow sham)
-Sewing Machine
-Seam Gage
-Iron and Ironing Board
-Queen Size Pillow

1. So to start off you want to take your queen size pillow and measure it. Mine was 27" x 17". Next you are going to take that measurement and add 1"for 1/2" seams on each side. Then You are going to add another 4" for a 2" border on each side.  Cut out your top piece. For the back piece you are going to want to add 4" additional inches to the length so that you have your little envelope flap on the back.
Top piece end measurement = 32" x 22"
Back piece end measurement = 36" x 22"

2. Next you are going to iron all your pieces so they are nice and flat and then lay the bottom piece on your table. You are going to cut this piece in half (because it will be the flap in the back). Lay out pieces right sides together and make sure your put ends to end. Your back pieces will overlap. THen I took the inside part of my flap and ironed over a 1/2" hem on each piece. 

3. Go to your sewing machine and stitch the hem together. I used this stitch...its nice cause it kinda acts as a serger and I don't have to fold over the ends twice. And no one will see the inside anyway. Its just a more finished edge when you are done. After you have sewn both them right sides down on top of your top piece and pin everything together.

4. Take the top and bottom pieces...still right sides together and sew 1/2" seam around all of the sides with a regular stitch. Then cut the corners and iron down seams on indies so that your fabric will lay flat.

5. Turn your fabric inside out and iron the edges again to make sure they are laying flat.

6. Now take your almost done sham and sew a 2" border around the entire sham.

7. Stuff your pillow in...and you are done!!!

It was a fun fast project and only cost $4!! You can't beat that!


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  1. Thank you so much for you simple, easy directions for making a sham! I am a novice sewer and couldn't find a pattern for a sham... so I looked up many different websites and yours seemed the easiest to follow. And what do you know... I now have a beautiful, professional looking sham! I will never buy one premade again! Thanks so much!!

    1. That is so great! I cannot sew very well...I am self taught. So I wanted one that was simple to follow and use without a pattern.