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What’s a girl to do when she wants a pair of euro shams to match the curtains she just made?

Make them herself… of course! And that is just what I did!
If you can sew a straight line, you can make pillow shams. And I’ll show you how…

Making a patterned euro sham is just a little trickier than a solid one.  BUT you can do it… I did! And believe me I am not a seasoned seamstress!
Here are a couple of things you will need to think about when making a patterned euro sham.
Each pair of pillow shams uses 2 ~ 30 x 30 inch pieces of fabric and 4 ~ 17 x 30 inch pieces of fabric.
You will need to buy more fabric than that because you will want the pattern of your fabric to be centered on your sham and you will want them to match.
 You will also have to “match” the patterns on the back of the sham with the opening. There was quite a bit of fabric waste on my pillow shams as the repeat of the motif was 27 inches!
BUT, it is so worth it! I have a set of designer euro shams that match my curtains!

Let’s get started…

StoneGable Euro Sham Tutorial

This makes ONE 28 inch square Euro Sham. Double the instructions to make 2 euro shams.
Cut 1 piece of fabric 30 x 30. Make sure to center the design in the middle of the material.
Cut 1 piece of fabric 30 x 17 . If you are working with a pattern, make sure the pattern is where you want it on the pillow.
 Fold over the 30 inch center edge 1/2 inch and 1/2 inch again and sew to secure. 
Cut another piece of fabric 30 x 17 matching the pattern on the fabric to the other 30 x 17 inch piece.

 Pin it to make sure it lines up properly.  Just to double check, I pin the pillow top together with the pillow back panels before going any further.
If everything lines up perfectly, sew the inside seam of this 30 x 17 inch piece.
Fold over 1/2 inch and 1/2 inch again. Sew to secure.
Now it’s time to sew your pillow together.  Repin your pillow back center seams together matching the pattern, making sure your pillow back measures 30 x 30.
Lay the pinned pillow back RIGHT SIDE UP on a flat surface. Lay the pillow front WRONG SIDE UP on top of the pillow back. Pin together.
I am not a fan of what I call French Bulldog Corners (however I love real French Bulldogs!). Some homemade pillows have corners that spike up like the ears of a French Bulldog! They are a tale-tell sign of  a novice seamstress. And they are so easy to fix!
With just a few measurements and a couple of drawn lines you can have professional tapered corners!
Here’s how…
1 ~2. This is to be done on all corners… measure and mark 3 inches on each side of a corner
3~4 Measure and mark 1 inch one each side of a corner
5. Draw a live between the 3 inch mark on one side to the 1 inch  mark of the other side.
6. Do the same with the remaining two marks. 
Measure and mark all 4 corners.
7. This will be your sewing guide. 
 Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew up the outside edges of the euro sham. When you get to the corners follow the lines you marked.
8. Cut off excess and clip corners.
Look at these pretty corners!!! Easy!
I just found out that you can also purchase a little template that will make tapered corners on your pillows. Just thought you should know!
Press seams and iron the pillow sham.  With right sides out, sew a 1 inch seam around the outside of the euro sham. This will make the flange.  
Iron the sham and stuff them with a Euro Pillow insert. I recommend POTTERY BARN PILLOW INSERTS. They are rather inexpensive and are wonderfully pouffy!
Here is a tiny glimpse at the Gable Room…  The curtains and the pillow shams add a splash of subtle color and warmth to this antique feminine room.
Come back on Saturday and I will tell you about the Gable Room Bed!
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  1. says

    What a great tip on the tapered corners! I can’t wait to give it a try on some new pillows I’m making for the front porch. I’m afraid most of my pillows have those pokey up corners. Your look amazing!

  2. says

    wonderful tutorial and beautiful pillows. thank you for taking great photos to go with your text . I believe I can follow along and also make some pillows for my bed.

  3. says

    This is wonderful, Yvonne! Inspires me to get out some of the huge stash of beautiful fabric that is languishing in the closet. Very clever on the corners, too. I wouldn’t have thought of that!

    Your blog is a delight – beautiful and stylish and I love your mantra. Thanks so much for stopping by.


  4. says

    You have absolutely brightened my day with your visit….thank you from the bottom of my heart. Of course you are on the list to receive an invite, no matter if you can’t physically be there I think of you at parties. Your crates are still in the drive and I keep promising to get them off to you. Soon! all best~

  5. says

    beautiful fabric, i love the cabbage rose design. when i made my shams, euro or otherwise i allowed an extra 4 inches on the back panels so instead of 17 i would have used 21 because it allows for extra coverage on the back. when the poofy pillow is inserted and is tucked in securely you will never see the pillow because the back is closed over like the envelope style instead of merely meeting in the middle. but a great teaching demo. lyb

  6. Anonymous says

    So timely, I got my pillow forms out today and laid them out trying to decide if I should do two large pillows or 3 smaller ones for my queen size bed. Thank you for your detailed instructions.

  7. says

    OMG, I love this post! I have an empty guest room and I mean EMPTY, and have no idea where to start. Knowing how to do this will open up a whole new world to me because there is just so much gorgeous fabric out there.

  8. says

    Where did you find fabric? It is lovely and just what I have been looking for! The pillows and the tut is great.

    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  9. Heather says

    What are good types of fabric for making shams? I have a quilt that didn’t come with Euro Shams and the color I’m wanting is very specific. I can only find it in a 100% thin cotton and a bottom weight fabric.

  10. Anonymous says

    I’m an amateur and this is my first project. I’m going to give it a shot soon. I’m really excited. This tutorial looks really great. Thank you for sharing.

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