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Learn to make a super easy pillow sham.
This darling sham is a great beginner project. It consists of just a few simple seams, and can be made of fun fabrics to switch out your decor for seasons and holidays. Customize it with appliqués, trim and more!

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  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut out your fabric pieces. You'll be cutting three pieces in all. One for the front, and two for the back. My example is rectangular, but yours can certainly be square.

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  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 3
    Step 3

    Hem the ends of the back pieces. On one short end of each back piece, fold and iron over 1/2".

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    Step 4

    Then, fold over 2" and pin.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 5
    Step 5

    Opposite ends of your back pieces will be hemmed.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew the hems. Sew each hem by stitching just inside each folded edge, removing pins as you go.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 7
    Step 7

    Place the back pieces on top of the front piece. Place the front piece right side down.

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  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 9
    Step 9

    Then, place the back pieces, right sides up on top of the front piece (this now means that the wrong sides, or inside of the fabricpieces are touching)The back pieces should overlap 4".

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  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pin and sew around all 4 sides.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 12
    Step 12

    Sew using a 1/2" seam allowance. This is the first part of constructing a french seam. If it seems incomplete, I promise I'm not leading you astray! Proceed!

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 13
    Step 13

    Trim corners and seam allowances.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 14
    Step 14

    Trim the seam allowances to a scant 1/4".

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    Step 15

    Turn the sham wrong side out. Reach your hand into the sham and turn it wrong side out.

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  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 17
    Step 17

    Iron and pin around entire sham.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 18
    Step 18

    Pin around entire edge.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. How To Make An Envelope Closure Pillow Sham - Step 19
    Step 19

    Using a 1/2" seam, sew around all 4 sides of the sham. This is the second part of our french seam and closes our first seam within the second one. The result is a beautiful, professional, finished (french) seam.

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amanda.j.abbott
amanda.j.abbott
Looks good.... no zips.....will be giving this try xxxLove
Palindrome Dry Goods
Palindrome Dry Goods · 7 projects
No zips, no buttons, just a super simple envelope closure. Thank you for commenting and happy sewing!
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