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Pillow Shams – Easy Peasy

Pillow Shams – Easy Peasy

I can’t believe it is already the end of May.  It just warmed up here in Northwest Iowa.  We are now getting some nice weather, and I am excited to be outside.

Hi Life with Lorelai readers.  I am really excited to be sharing this super easy sewing tutorial with you this week.



Pillow Shams – Easy Peasy

This need for bedding came about when I created my DIY Shutter Headboard. I went to shoot some photos of this awesome headboard I had just created, and my bedding looked like something from a dorm room or worse.  I was so upset and thought there is no way I can put this on my blog. I have always worked on the other rooms in our house that are seen by guests, so this room has always been on the back burner.

I headed to my home improvement store to pick up a 9×12 canvas drop cloth.  And, I was in luck.  They were on sale for $13.99.  I was so excited.

We have a queen size bed.  This one drop cloth created the bed spread and the pillow shams.

The drop cloths are pretty stiff when you first open them.  I ran it through the was 2 times; then, put it in the dryer.  It is pretty nice now.

I laid the drop cloth across the bed and all I had to do was cut off one end and finish the edge by turning it under and stitching it.  Bed spread…DONE!

For the shams, this is what I did:

I like to use pinking shears to cut the fabric.  I think it helps with fraying edges.

I used a sham from the guest room as a size and pattern guide.  I cut the front piece of the shams about 1 inch larger than the sample sham.  For the back side, I cut it about 4 inches larger in width, but the same size in height as the front piece.  This gave me an overlap  in the back to insert the pillow.

You can see the overlap in the above photo. ( My overlap ended up not being quite big enough.  There is a little gap-o-sis in the back when the pillow is in the sham.  You can overlap more if you have enough fabric.)

The two edges on the overlapped pieces need to be turned under and stitched.

Then, place right sides together (the front and the two back pieces) pin, and stitch all the way around the edges.  I use a ½ inch seam allowance.

After you have stitched all the way around, trim the corners a bit (just cut the corner at a diagonal being sure not to get too close to the stitches.

Turn the sham right side out. Take time to poke the corners from the inside, so they are not too rounded.

I pressed it good then did two rows of stitching on the outside.  One row really close to the edge and the other row about 1 ½ inches in.

Then, you are done!

I think they turned out pretty nice for a drop cloth project.  I hope you like them too.



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10 thoughts on “Pillow Shams – Easy Peasy”

  1. I love the texture of dropcloth fabric, it’s such a great source for inexpensive yardaage – and your shutter headboard is really cute! Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

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