I’ve blinked and suddenly it’s time to send my second “baby” off to college already. I’m not sure how it happened so quickly. But here we are. My baby found a comforter that she liked but couldn’t find a pillow sham to coordinate with the comforter. No problem. I told her I’d make a one for her. She and I went shopping together so that she could find a fabric that she loved. I created a this free pillow sham pattern that’s easy to make with just beginner level sewing skills.
Trust me when I tell you I am not a seamstress. For those of you who are, please forgive my elementary explanations. But if I’m able to create this gorgeous pillow sham with my limited sewing skills, then anyone can, no matter what your sewing skills are. Really.
I started with a pillow and fabric that my baby fell in love with at first sight. My baby enjoys fashion and retro fashion at that, so this fabric is perfect for her. You’ll need a piece that is 24 x 65 1/2 inches. If you purchase fabric with a pattern that needs to be lined up and has a right-side-up (the women need to be upright), then plan for that and purchase enough fabric to accommodate the pattern.
Cut your fabric so that you have a piece that is 24 inches tall and 65 1/2 inches long.
Start by sewing a seam on the two short sides of the fabric. Turn 1/2 inch under and then fold it over again. Sew this seam down.
Fold the fabric over. You will need to leave an opening on the the back of the sham to insert the pillow. The short side of the opening should be 8 3/4 inches long. The entire pillow sham should be 31 inches wide.
Because of the pattern on my fabric, I had a seam that I had to plan to accommodate. I used a pillow sham that I already have as a guide, so I laid it out to plan for my seam to be on the back of the pillow sham.
Pin and then sew the long sides together with a 1/4 inch seam.
Turn the pillow sham right side out. Straighten all the seams and pin around the edges. Sew a seam 1 3/4 inches from the edge to create the pillow flange.
My baby immediately realized that the pillow sham needed a bit more embellishment. We added a black ribbon. I hand-sewed the ribbon onto the pillow sham.
Adding the ribbon embellishment really took this fashionable pillow sham to a classy level, don’t you agree?
Now each night when my baby is away at college and heads to bed, she’ll see a concrete reminder of how much I love her and miss her. Who do you know that would appreciate a personalized pillow sham that you can make from this free pillow sham pattern?
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.