Guest Post~ Easy Sham from Midwestern Sewing Girl

One thing that I LOVE about our Friday Flair link party is that it has given me the opportunity to find new blogs and fall in love.  Every week I am blown away by the talent out there in blogland and I am always so humbled and thrilled that you are willing to take the time to share with us! 

I thought that it would be fun to ask some of the bloggers who have really stood out every week to guest post here on WhipperBerry so that we can showcase even more of their talent.  Our very first guest post is Maggie from…

Maggie has blown me away time after time with her skill and creativity.  Let me just say I only wish I could create like this lovely lady!!


Oh. Emm. Gee. Well, here I am…at WhipperBerry…one of the most amazing blogs ever. When I first started blogging "seriously" WhipperBerry was the first creative blog I came across. I was immediately drawn in by the name, but when I saw what goes on here?!?! Well, let's just say I was instantly hooked. Then I had the amazing pleasure of "meeting" some of the WhipperBerry girls and then Heather asked me to guest post (!!!!!) and, well, here I am. And I'm nervous. Is that weird?

Let me introduce myself…my name is Maggie & I write a little blog called Midwestern {Sewing} Girl where I chronicle all of my creative endeavors (well, most…OK, some…some just aren't worth snapping a photo of)…I love a challenge, I love trying new projects, and I'd love to have you come visit me sometime! I had a little trouble deciding on which project to share with you today…but when it came right down to it I decided on a fairly simple sewing project that really anyone who can sew a straight line can do… I've been working on redecorating my 8 year old daughter's bedroom and I'm getting closer and closer to being done…now I just need to work on some finishing details…like the bedding. Namely, some pillow shams. Even more precisely, the "easiest pillow shams in the whole wide world. ever."  Let's  make some, shall we?

Here's what you'll need…

 
Fabric, some sort of cutting tool & a sewing machine…that's it…
 
*All seam allowances are 1/2" unless otherwise noted…
 
Start by measuring the pillow you want to cover. The pillow I used was 28"x20". 
 

Next, to find how large to cut your top (front) piece, add 6" (or however many inches you want your border to be x 2 – to account for each side…I wanted my border to be 3" all the way around) to each of your measurements…then add another 1" for your seam allowances. So I cut my top piece to 35"x27".

 

Next you will want to cut your 2 bottom (back) pieces…

 

I like my pieces to overlap in the back by at least a couple of inches. So I'll cut 2 pieces 35" long by 15" long each. This will account for the overlap & for the hems on the overlapping pieces.

 
Hem one of the long sides on each of the back pieces…
 
Take your pieces and lay them out RIGHT sides together…
 
Lay the first piece down…hem toward the middle…
Then lay the 2 back piece down over the first…
 
Next, pin around your outside edges and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance…
 
 
 
Turn your sham inside out and iron flat…
 
 
Now, pin your sham through both layers all the way around (to make sure your layers don't come apart when your sewing your border)…
 
 
When you decide how wide you would like your border to be, you can do a couple of things to measure the distance while you're sewing…
*You can use a fabric pen to draw a line all the way around your sham at your chosen distance in from the edge…you would then sew around this line…
or
*You can make a mark on your sewing machine (see the photo below…I used 3") and use that as a guide while you are sewing your border…
 
 
Sew all the way around your sham to create your border…I sewed around twice to create a double stitch…
 
 
Guess what? You're done…
Now wasn't that easy?
I think these shams can really dress up a bed…I like to make them instead of regular pillowcases…I think the shape is just so much prettier…
 
 
 
And there you have it! Don't forget to stop by Midwestern {Sewing} Girl sometime to say "hi!" – I'd love to have you visit…
 
And, thank you so much, Heather, for having me here today!!!  I've had a blast!
 
Maggie~
 

Comments

  1. says

    Congrats Maggie! Whipperberry is one of my favorite blogs too! And I love your blog! And here your are…a favorite  guest posting on a favorite! Love the pillow sham. So easy but it looks so professional. Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    I'm so excited to see Maggie here–I love Whipperberry and I love M{S}G! So, really, a perfect pairing :-) I love this pillow sham! I'm giving my bedroom a mini-makeover and have been wanting to make some new pillow shams for it . . . thanks for the tutorial, Maggie!

  3. says

    I don't think I could be more excited or happy for Maggie!  :o)  Whipperberry was my first blog "love" as well and I can't even imagine how it must feel to be featured—-this makes me SO happy!  Two of my favorite blogs in one place :o)  p.s. Heather, I adore your new blog look!
    Jaime

  4. says

    This, for me, is like the pairing of chocolate and peanut butter.  Good on their own and great together.  I love, love Whipperberry and Maggie is such a sweetie I could just eat her up with a spoon. (Like the chocolate and peanut butter thing…)
    Love the pillow sham! (And the clear tutorial that even a glue-gun seamstress like myself can follow.)
    :)

  5. Megan Quinn says

    Love the simplicity of this! cutting fabric to make shams as I type! Love to Whipperberry and M{S}G too!!

  6. says

    LOVE this tutorial!  I am in the middle of my master bedroom makeover and really need some BIG pillows to fill in some spaces on my bed! And Heather…its been waay too long since I've stopped by;)  Summer…
    Kristen

  7. Karen says

    Love the look of the sham and the fabric you've chosen.
    I do have a point of confusion though.  If you are using a 3" border for the sham, wouldn't you have to add 6 inches to the both the length and width plus the 1 inch for seam allowance?  (That would make the top piece 35X27.)

    • says

      Oh my gosh…I'm so embarrassed…you are so right… YES! You would definitely have to add 3 inches to each side! Of course you would…yikes. I guess I wasn't paying enough attention…:( 
      Thank you so so much for bringing that error to my attention, Karen! You know, I read through that tutorial like 12 times and never saw the mistake…Thank you!!!

  8. Ana says

    I can't believe it. I had that same fabric and i didn't know what to do with it. Thank you very much for the great idea and for the tutorial.
    Ana (California)

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