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A tutorial and pillow sham pattern, featuring a flanged edge.

This Flanged Pillow Sham is one of the first projects I completed when I refreshed our guest room. Posts detailing a DIY bed skirt, improving an old mattress, and cleaning old linens to follow.

I am very happy with the way our guest room turned out! Truthfully, it didn’t take much! It had been sorely neglected since we moved in. I’m a little embarrassed to show you the before.

Ugh, please remember…we had just moved in (well, we had moved a year before) and hadn’t even hung a picture. I guess I could’ve made the bed before I took the before picture, but where’s the fun in that? This pic was snapped right before we painted. We had filled in holes and cracks in the wall.

A bedroom with a bed and a window

The first thing we did was give the room a coat of crisp, but soft, white paint. Then I got busy sewing this pillow sham pattern

I like the look of the larger, Euro-sized (26″ X 26″) shams behind my standard-sized bed pillows, especially as these add a much-needed jolt of color.

Orange and white pillows on a bed.

And, first things first! My sewing skills are…sufficient. I wouldn’t want to sew clothes, but I can run a hem and sew seams together. And truthfully, those are the only sewing skills you need for this pillow sham pattern, even with the flange edge. If you can sew a straight line and read a measuring stick, you’ll be good.

What Do You Need For This Pillow Sham Pattern?

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  • Pillow Form
  • Your choice of fabric. The first step is determining how much fabric you need. Most people working in fabric stores can help you, but if you want to figure it out on your own, this is what I do.

For Euro Sham Pillows (26″ by 26″): I used 3.6 yards of 54″ wide fabric for two shams. I’m a visual gal, so this is how I figure out how much fabric I need.

Pattern to make pillow shams.

For Standard Pillows, you would only need 1.8 yards of 54″ wide fabric, as shown below. This assumes that you like the fabric pattern running lengthwise. Check that out before you buy your fabric.

Pattern to make pillow shams.
  • Fusible Fleece, 45″ by 60″ is enough for 2 pillows, whether you’re making euro shams or standard shams. This is optional, but highly recommended, especially if you don’t want floppy flanges! (ain’t nobody wants that!)
  • Yardstick
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine
A n orange and white pillow on a bed

Flanged Edge Pillow Sham Tutorial

1. Cut Your Fabric Pieces and Fusible Fleece

Back side of material.

The simple steps on this handy chart will help you determine the fabric cuts you need to make. Grab the printable in the Subscriber Library or pop your email in the button below and I’ll email it to you.

How to cut pillow shams

2. Iron the Fusible Fleece to the Wrong Side of the Front Piece of Fabric

This next step is optional but highly recommended. It really helps keep the flange of this pillow sham pattern standing up instead of flopping over and gives the front of your sham fabric a nice finish.

The interface on fabric.

3. Iron Folds on the Back Pieces of Fabric

Chart
  • With the back of the back panel pieces facing up, fold over 1/2″ on one of the short edges (a or b) and iron. Then fold that end over 1/2″ again and iron. These hemmed ends are the ends that will overlap on the back of the sham. Do this on one of the raw edges of each of the back panels.

I use a thin piece of cardboard that I’ve marked 1/2″ increment lines. This helps me get a straight folded edge.

4. Sew Hem Along the Last Fold, on the Outside Edge.

Folding hem of fabric.

5. Place back pieces on the front piece, right sides together.

The back of pieces of fabric.

6. Pin in Place

The back of pieces of fabric.

7. Sew in Place

Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around the entire sham. Secure the beginning and end of your seam by running your machine back and forth a few times.

8. Clip Each of the Four Corners, as shown

Cutting the corner on the back of fabric.

9. Turn your pillow sham cover right side out and use a butter knife to poke out the corners so that they are crisp. Iron well.

10. Sew/Top Stitch the Flange

Place a piece of tape out from your needle at the width you’ve determined for your flange size. I opted for a 1.25″ flange so I placed a piece of tape 1.25″ out from my needle. Once again, you can make your flange as wide as you want it. But larger flanges are more likely to flop.

Sewing machine with green tape on it.

Using the tape as a guide, sew around your sham. These stitch lines designate the flange. When you get to corners, stop, raise the presser foot and turn your fabric at the same distance as you chose for the size of your flange. In this case, I stopped and turned the corner at 1.25″. Make sure to secure the beginning and end of your top stitch seam.

Sewing machine foot and tape measure on fabric.

11. Give your entire pillow sham a good ironing and fill it with your pillow.

12. Step back and look at your handiwork! You just made your own pillow shams!

Bed with orange and white pillow shams.

How about a little before and after? I had forgotten just how forlorn this room looked! And just wait until you see the bed skirt and cushion on that hope chest.

I hope you found this pillow sham tutorial helpful! Next, we are going to tackle the skirt!

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Bed with orange and white pillow shams, white pillows and pale blue pillow..

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