February 07, 2021
I am currently in the process of making a new quilt for my oldest daughters bed. Since I am making her a new quilt, it only makes sense to make coordinating pillow shams too, right!?
For this project, I picked two pinks, two purples, and two teals from the new Michael Miller basics line, Coco. It was inspired by Coco Chanel and the subtle texture of the prints are beautiful! They still read as a solid, but if you get up close you can see the dimension in the print. I really enjoyed playing with these fabrics!
For the focal point of the pillow sham, I chose my Desert Charm pattern. It is a big block so it works well in the center. I also added flying geese to each edge to increase the size, but also because I liked the extra element versus just adding more background fabric.
Anyway, read on to see how I made these. :)
1. Make your pillow sham quilt panel. A standard pillow sham is 20" x 26" so your quilt top should measure 20.5" x 26.5" unfinished.
2. Make a quilt sandwich with quilt top, batting, and backing. Spray or pin baste.
3. Quilt as desired. (I did 1/2" straight lines).
4. Set aside.
1. Cut (2) 17" x 20.5" pieces from the backing fabric.
2. On one 20.5" edge, fold over 1/4" and press, fold over 1/4" and press again. Then top stitch that edge.
3. Repeat with the other fabric piece.
1. Lay your quilted pillow front right side DOWN.
2. Place the raw edges of the pillow closure pieces right side DOWN on top of the pillow front (so these pieces are wrong sides together).
3. There will be about 5" of overlap.
4. Use pins or wonder clips to hold all the pieces together.
5. Sew around the edge with a scant 1/4" seam (so that this seam is hidden by the binding)
6. Bind as usual.
7. Stuff a pillow inside and enjoy your work!
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