How to Sew a Flanged Pillow Sham

Pillow shams
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    Sew Your Own Pillow Sham

    A Pillow sham is a quick way to decorate a room. Now you might think a pillow sham is the same as a pillow case but you'd be wrong. While a pillow case is usually made of a soft material good for laying against your face all night a pillow sham is not. Shams are meant to be decorative which means while they're often made of pretty fabric it isn't always the most comfortable. They also often hold their rectangular shape better than pillowcases. The way shams work is that after you...MORE make your bed in the morning you simply shove the pillow (case and all) into the sham! It's a quick way to add extra elegance to any room. Pillow shams are also super easy to make!

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    Materials You Will Need

    •  Fabric of your choosing 1 yard
    • Yarn
    • Needle
    • Straight Pins
    • Iron
    • Carpenter's Square or Square cardboard
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    Cutting Your Fabric

    Choose your pillow size and find the demensions to cut your fabric to sew a flanged pillow sham
    Pillow Size and Fabric Cutting Chart. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Use the above chart to find your pillow size and then the measurement to cut your pillow sham fabric. Cut the length of the sham on the straight grain of the fabric and be sure to cut squarely. Rotary cutting tools are one way to ensure that you are cutting squarely. If you don't have rotary cutting tools find a carpenter's square or a squared corner of cardboard to make sure you are cutting a squared corner one way to ensure that you are cutting squarely.

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    Hem, Mark & Fold

    Fold line chart for various size bed pillows to sew a flanged bed pillow sham.
    Fold Line chart. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Make a narrow hem by folding under 1/4" and 1/4" again to the wrong side, on each narrow end. Stitch the hem in place.

    Mark in from each long edge, measuring in from each hemmed edge, end as indicated on the chart.

    Fold on the marks, right sides together so there is an overlap on the back, aligning the raw edges and keeping the fabric perfectly flat. Pin in place.

    Stitch both edge seams, using a 1/2" seam allowance. It is not necessary to put any seam finish on these seams, as they will be...MORE enclosed in the flanged area.

    Turn right side out.

    Press keeping all edges squared.

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    Sewing the Flange

    A diagram showing where to top stitch a flanged pillow sham.
    Top Stitching Diagram. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    In order to get a perfect 3" flanged edge you must set a seam guide 3" horizontally and vertically away from the needle. How to Set a Seam Guide

    Pin the back overlap flaps, to hold them in place. Keep pins out of the area 3" from the edge.

    Top stitch 3" from all pressed edge, pivoting with the needle down to turn the corners.

    Press the stitching to set the stitches.

    Place pillow in sham and enjoy.

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    Tips and Tricks

    A finished flanged pillow sham
    A finished flanged pillow sham. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • When cutting a square of any form, it is helpful to have a carpenter's square or rotary cutting tools.
    • Make throw pillows for your bed which compliments your shams.
    • If you are working with a thin fabric, you may want to add interfacing the fabric to provide stiffness.
    • Buy extra sheets to have pillow shams that match your bedding.