The very first thing I actually sewed was a pillow. That grew to making more pillows and then I made some pillows with adding piping edge. This past weekend I finally decided to make a sham for our bed using some fabric I found at Hancock's while searching for fabric for the flip house curtains awhile back!
This is just for ONE sham...double if you are making TWO. You will need:
- 1 yard of pretty fabric, more if you want the front and back of the sham to have the same fabric
- 1 yard of plain fabric (for the backing)
- 2.5 yards of the piping (you want to have enough to go all the way around the pillow...be on the safe side and always have extra)
- fabric scissors or rotary cutter
- pins, thread, sewing machine
- Use your existing sham as a pattern and reference. Measure it and measure your pillow. In general you want to cut your fabric to the size of your pillow because it will look fuller. Mine was a King Size pillow that was 20 x 36 finished size, so I added 1 inch for the hem, but looking back I should have just cut it to the size of the finished pillow, so it wouldn't be so baggy. I just hate it when I cut things too small!
- Next measure the back of your pillow sham. You are going to want the back two pieces to overlap at least 5 inches, so that your pillow won't come through. I overlap mine more... I guess I'm a cautious seamstress!
Cut out all pieces of fabric.
Next, cut out your strips for the piping. To find out how much fabric you need, wrap the fabric over the piping and cut a small slit. You will need at least 3 strips of the longest side of the remaining fabric to go around the piping cord.
Wrap your fabric around your piping cord and pin to the right side of your front piece of fabric.
Now, you need to just sew your piping onto your front pillow fabric. Feed it nice and slow through and onto the fabric. Some prefer to sew their fabric strip around the piping cord first, then attach the fabric wrapped piping to the pillow fabric, but I just sew mine right in as I go. Do what you like, just sew it onto the right side of the fabric and end up with it like this...
When you get to the end of the where the other cord end is, cut your cords off so that the ends meet. Then, tuck a little bit of fabric under on both ends and overlap one side over the other and sew down. Watch this SailRite video if you haven't a clue what I am talking about here.