How to Make a Pillow Sham – Part 2
We’re in the midst of learning to make a pillow sham.Click HERE to view Part I of the tutorial.
I made two of them to go in the group of pillows on the bed in my master bedroom.
We left off here in Part 1…
Only a leeetle bit more to go. In Part 1, we cut and assembled the front and applied the cording. Here in Part 2, we’ll cover the cutting and assembly of the back and the final assembly of the sham.
I only used one fabric for the back of the sham. Batting is only needed for the front and since this is just for me, I chose not to line the back. I would certainly line it if I were making it for someone else though.
You need to cut two pieces of equal size for the back. Three inches will be added to the width of each piece to allow for hemming the sides of the opening where the pillow will be inserted. The height of each piece will be the same as the piece cut for the front.
Here’s my calculation for the back pieces:
Divide the width of the piece cut for the front, which is 43″, by 2 = 21.5″.
Add 3″ to allow for hemming what will become the opening where the pillow will be inserted.
The height will be the same as the piece cut for the front, which is 34″.
So – that calculates that each of the two pieces for the back are to be cut at 24.5″ wide x 34″ high.
After cutting, the next step is to double fold, press and then sew a 1.5″ hem on one of the 34″ high sides for each of the two pieces.
I don’t like the way pillow shams are prone to gap open in the back, so I use velcro to keep it closed. Do not use velcro that is sticky on the back. It will gum up your needle when you try to sew it (ask me how I know).
Cut a piece of velcro 12″ long, pull it apart and sew the loopy gripper side to one of the areas that you just hemmed and sew the soft non-gripper side to other.
Position the velcro so that it is about halfway between what will become the top and bottom sides of the sham. Tip – make sure that you line your two pieces of velcro up before you sew them to the fabric. The back of the sham will not lay properly if the two sides of velcro are not lined up with each other.
This is how the velcro will look when it has been sewn in place.
When you’ve sewn around all four sides and clipped the corners, turn the sham right side out. Return it to your work surface, making sure it is lying smoothly. You’ll also want to make sure that the covered cording is pushed completely out and not kind of smooshed between the seams.
Creating the flange is very simple. Lay the sewn together sham flat on your work surface. I want to wind up with a 3″ flange on all four sides of the sham, so I measured and marked 3″ in from the edge on all four sides, then used a disappearing ink pen to draw a line around the sham. Disappearing pens can purchased at any fabric store like JoAnn’s or Hancock’s.
Thanks for the tutorial, you are so creative. Wish I could sew. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.
I am keeping this post! I am working on 2 bedrooms and they both need new pillow shams. LOVE the fabric.
Hi lovely lady.
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Have a great week and keep cool.
Great step by step. I love your attention to details. I also love that check fabric. Thanks for your sweet encouragement.
Wonderful. Thanks you for sharing. It is good to have a professional show us the real way.
What a great tutorial. I love the colors and patterns.
I used to design for Ethan Allen and Calico Corners. Never did the sewing, but knew it took talent.
xoxo Bunny Jean
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Your shams look great!
Thank you so much for the very detailed verbal instructions and pictures. My problem is ALWAYS
“how much fabric to buy for each sham.” Thus for 2 standard pillow shams using 54″ fabric with no pattern repeat I would need how many yards?? and for 2 king pillow shams with no pattern repeat, 54″ fabric, how many yards. My brain seems to freeze when I work the numbers!!! Also have an accent pillow that is 16 x 24 – how much fabric would I need?? Thanks.
I always struggle and second guess myself when it comes to yardage amounts too. Hope the email that I sent to you helped!
Wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much!