When updating my living room for fall, a key piece to the revamp were new pillows. If you’re anything like me, you *may* just have way too many pillows already, and so instead I opted to make new pillow shams.
I snagged this suzani pattern by Waverly called Solar Flair in Onyx and Lilac at Joann’s with a 40% off coupon. I also grabbed two hidden zippers, and armed with my pretty new fabric, I made a date with my sewing machine.
Sewing a pillow sham couldn’t be simpler and it enables you to change your pillows with your decor easily and inexpensively. It also saves you from feeling guilty for buying yet another throw pillow.
What you’ll need for two pillows:
- 2 yards fabric
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine or needle for hand sewing
- Two 20″ pillow inserts
- Two invisible zippers
What you’ll do:
- Begin by cutting four 20.5″ x 20.5″ squares of fabric. Set aside.
- Unzip one of the zippers almost completely and then pin one side of the invisible zipper face down against the right side of the fabric. Sew the piece as close to the zipper chain as possible.
- Now zip up the zipper and pin the unsewn side of the zipper to your other piece of fabric. Make sure right sides face each other. Unfold the fabric and sew the zipper to the opposite fabric square. Now refold so that that the right sides are once again facing each other.
- Pin around the entire edge of the fabric. Once secured, partially unzip the zipper so that you can turn the form right-side out later.
- Starting at the edge of one side of the zipper, sew over it, making sure to double back a few times. Continue sewing a 1/2″ in from the edge of the fabric, enclosing your pillow around the edge of the fabric. Make sure to double back over the end as well.
- Trim any excess zipper.
- Turn your case right-side out and give yourself a round of applause. Now put your pillow form in and set that bad boy out for all to see.
Sewing can be intimidating but this is a project even the most novice seamstresses can accomplish. If you get your sew on, make sure to come back and post a pic. I’d love to see your talent in action!