Tuesday, November 3, 2009

30 minute pillow sham

Once you realize how easy it is to make a pillow sham,
you are never going to want to buy one again!
For this tutorial I am going to use a 14"x14" pillow insert.
You are going to need to cut three pieces of fabric,
one for the front and two for the back (which gives you an envelope enclosure)
Piece 1, the front, should be 1/2" bigger than your actual pillow.
So mine is 14 1/2" x 14 1/2"
The other two pieces will be rectangles.
They will be 14 1/2" high, but only 11 inches wide.
To get this you should half your pillow size, which is 7
then add a 4" for an overlap.
making sense?
Once all three pieces are cut out, get your two rectangles and an iron.
Iron about a half an inch down the long side of your rectangle.
It will now measure 14 1/2" by 10 1/2".
Now sew down the edge.
Once that is complete, pin all 3 pieces together, right sides together.
Then sew all the way around, 1/2" on each side.
This will make your sham turn out to be 13 1/2" x 13 1/2",
which fits nice and snug on your pillow insert!
Now turn right side out,
and this is what it will look like (back view)
Slip in your insert, and there you have it!
I'm using this one as a tushie cushie for Miss A's new highchair!
So easy right?!
And it's easy to remove, wash, or switch out!
Let me know if you have any questions!
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  1. I love making pillow covers...and I have that EXACT highchair painted green. I'm inspired now. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So cute! I know, I just realized how easy making pillow covers are. And it gives you so much design flexibility too!