3-Step DIY – Decorative Body Pillow Casing/Sham

As promised yesterday in my Bedroom Redo in Natural, Navy and White, here’s the scoop for making the body pillow sham.

Make an Easy Flanged Sham with Pillow-Case Opening

It’s easy to make a pillow case, right?

But, what about a pillow-case with a flange, decorative trim, and a closure of some sort for the opening?  That’s easy, too.  I’ll prove it in these 3 steps!

Step 1:  Measuring and Cutting

Measure your pillow and cut out a front, a back, lining, and 1/2″ batting.  To your measurements, add 5″ to the width and 8″ to the length, and cut each piece accordingly.  My (old, used and mushed) pillow is 16″ x 51″, so my cut measurements were 21″ x 59″.

Cut Fabric for Pillow Case

I used every inch of the tartan plaid on hand, and it wasn’t enough, so I added a piece to the end.  Obviously, I bought this fabric to only make one pillow, but in my usual fashion, another idea struck, resulting in a shortage.  There’s always  a way to compensate!

Added Piece for Shortage

Step 2:  Basic Assembly

Pin the batting, lining, and top fabric together and stitch around the edges. (I recommend serging or a zig-zag stitch to prevent ravel.)  Batting goes between the lining and the back side of the fabric piece.

Lining and Batting Pinned

With right sides of fabric together, stitch (1/4″ seam allowance) around all edges except one end.

Pieces Stitched Together

I folded the end back to show how the opening will look from the inside.

Sham Opening

Snip off the seam allowance at the corners and flip the sham to the outside.

Outside of Sham

Tuck the ends inside the opening and press along all edges.

Sham Pressed

The fold-under will be secured with closure and trim, so that’s it for the basic construction.

Step 3:  Closure and Trim

Inside the opening, stitch 4″-5″ of hook and loop strips 1-1/2″ from the pressed edge.

Sewing Hook and Loop

Stitch trim to one flap of the opening, on the side you choose for the trim.  Begin stitching trim about 5″ from the trim’s end, beginning 3″ from the long side of the sham.  Your stitch line should be 2″ from the edge of the opening and only through one flap of the opening, not both.

Stitching End Trim

End your stitch line 3″ from the opposite long side of the sham.  Be sure to back-stitch at beginning and end, too.

Fold the corner of trim and pin along edge.  Stitch trim to the remaining three sides.  Stitch line should be 2″ from edge, and that forms your flange.

Continuing Trim

Pause stitching just before the end corner.  Fold the beginning end of trim to form the corner and place under the ending trim.

Trim Ending

Lay the ending trim over the corner and cut, following the diagonal of the turned trim.

Cutting Trim Ending

Tuck the cut end under the fold of the beginning end and stitch to the end to secure all layers.

Trim Stitching Complete

For a ribbon trim, you could do a fancy fold-under so none of the under trim shows, but this heavy strapping is too thick to fold.  I serged the beginning edge of the trim, so now I just hand-stitched the ends to make them stay under.

Hand Stitching

Only a few stitches, and it takes only a couple of minutes.  Insert your pillow, close the hook and loop, and you have a new fancy-looking pillow case/sham.

Pillows, Close View

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Learn more techniques in this Craftsy class:  Custom Bedding: Decorative Shams & Bolsters w/Jann Newton.