This week I wanted to share a fun upcycling project. I have been making a lot of pillow shams lately using upcycled materials and wanted to share the process with you all. Since I was without a serger for about a year I came up with a way to make these shams fully finished inside and out so they are very durable and completely washable.
My go to pillow size is 18 inches because that is a very common throw pillow size. My shams finish a little smaller so that once the pillow is inside it will look more full and fluffy.
To make the pillow sham you will need 8 squares measuring 6.5 x 6.5 inches and 2 rectangles measuring 6.5 x 3.5 inches. I interfaced all of my patchwork pieces because they were from thin cotton shirts, but that step is totally optional. (I use this interfacing HERE and yes, I buy a bolt at a time because I use it for everything from memory bears to t-shirt quilts and so much more.) You will also need a piece for the lining measuring approximately 19 x 19 inches and 2 pieces for the backing measuring approximately 19 x 13 inches. If you don’t want to use as much fabric you can skip the lining.
Anyway, enough chit chat, check out the step-by-step pillow sham tutorial HERE!
I hope you liked this tutorial! I love making pillow shams so much. If you want to see more of the shams I make check out my Whitney Sews Memories page.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!