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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How To Tuesday: Pillow Sham

The first thing I learned in a home decorating class was that even if you have mismatching furniture or undesirable flooring, the best way to work with it is to create matching elements in the room that will draw attention and please the eye with similarity. One of the easiest ways to do this is with fabric accessories such as curtains, blankets, or throw pillows. Of these, pillows are the most versatile because they can quickly be changed out with a pillow sham. And that's what we're going to teach you to make today!  Here is Morgan with her tutorial on how to make a simple pillow sham in any size you need: 

To start you will need a pre-made pillow form and at least one-half to one full yard of fabric, depending on the size of pillow. 

My pillow in the photos below is 18" x 18". 

First we will do some simple math to find the size we need to cut our fabric. 

For the length you will take the length of your pillow and add 1".  
In my case that is 18 + 1 = 19".

For the width you will take the width of your pillow and multiply it by 2, and then add 6". 
In my case that is (18 x 2) + 6 = 42".

 So my fabric will be cut to 19" x 42".

With our fabric cut, we will now hem both short sides of our fabric. 

Lay the fabric face up on flat surface with the pillow in the center. 

Fold both short sides over. They are meant to overlap one another. 

Pin the overlapping fabrics together and slide your pillow out one of the sides. 

Then with your fabric laying flat you will pin and sew down both unfinished seams, as shown in red: 

Turn right side out. 

Slide your pillow form in and just like that you're done! 

Happy sewing y'all, 

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