January 3, 2011

Pillow Sham Tutorial

Are you tired of the look of your bedroom? Does it seem boring and stale?  It's a New Year and I don't know about you, but I like to start a new year by adding fresh and fun accents to my home.  I'd love to share a simple sewing project with you that will help launch your pillows into 2011! (applause and cheering!!)  I might have gotten a little carried away there, but making your own pillow shams really is easy and it's a fun and inexpensive way to do some redecorating while staying in your budget.   So sit back, relax and enjoy my little quilted pillow sham tutorial. 

By following this tutorial, you will be able to make one of these: 

 Or one of these:

Or even one of these:

Or this!

Or that! 

Ok, enough of that. Let's get started. :)

1. The first thing you need to do is design and cut out a quilt top that measures 29"x20".  As you can see from my previous examples, it can be made in any way that you like.  Treat it like you would a placemat, or a doll quilt and make a mini quilt.  Most importantly, have fun!  Since you are making something on such a small scale, if you make a boo boo,  it's really easy to start again. :)   I used a Hawaiian quilt sham to demonstrate this project.

2. Once you're done cutting your pieces,  
piece them together...

and press the seams toward the darker fabrics.

3.  Create your quilt sandwich as you would for a regular sized quilt. The fabric you use for the backing will be part of the inside of the sham and does not need to be decorative. Baste the quilt sandwich and proceed to quilt it in a manner of your choice.  

I like to stitch 1/4" on each side of the seam lines because it creates a very clean and modern look.

I also add in a few lines to make sure the sham has enough quilting to keep the batting from shifting.

4. Trim the edges of your quilt sandwich with your rotary cutter so everything is straight and neat. 

5. Next, you will need to cut a new backing piece which will be the actual back of the quilt sham. It can be plain or decorative depending on the style of bedroom it will be occupying.  An easy way to do this is to simply place your finished mini quilt on top of the backing fabric and cut it out with sewing scissors. 

6. Once you have finished cutting out the backing piece, arrange it so that the right side of the fabric is facing the front of the mini quilt.  Fold the right edge of the backing fabric back one inch and then another inch. 

7.  Press the folded section and then sew it using a straight stitch.  
     Place this entire piece back on top of the quilt sandwich. 

8. Using more of that backing fabric, cut a new piece that measures 7"x20".

9. With this piece face down, repeat the previous step and fold back one side of the fabric one inch and then another inch on top of that.  Press the fabric and then sew the folded portion using a straight stitch.

Are you still with me? I hope so! We are almost done! :)

10. Place the skinny piece that you just made, face down on top of the first backing piece, with the finished edge facing the opposite way of one underneath it.  Where these two flaps meet will create the opening of your pillow sham. 
Eeek did that sound confusing? Don't worry here's another picture that might give you a better idea of what I'm talking about.  Can you see that other finished edge peeking out when the top part is temporarily folded back for your viewing pleasure? 

11. Once both of your pieces are in place, face down, 
pin the whole thing together including the quilt sandwich. 

12. Sew a straight stitch around the entire rectangle of the sham and follow that up with a finishing stitch of your choice around the edge. 

13.  Turn the sham inside out (which is really right side out now) and you can now insert a pillow into the finished opening you created on the back of the sham! (cue fanfare and confetti!!)

Congratulations! You just made your own unique pillow sham that will beautify your home and make you and your family feel cheery! 
(Ok...the cheery part isn't guaranteed but it sure 
helps to have a little something new to look at doesn't it?)  

Have fun and may your home be filled with comfy and adorable pillows galore!


AMKreations said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Great tutorial, thanks for posting this!

Barb said...

Wondereful Tutorial!!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...


Micki said...

I love the tutorial and thanks so much!

Melinda said...

Just came across this and I've made two so far. Love them! Very easy and look great!

Newbie Jen said...

Thanks for the tutorial, it was just what I was looking for today!

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