Patchwork Pillow Sham DIY

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!