I shared the new master king shams with you last week. Although I’ve already provided the tutorial for the Pillow Shams With a”No-Flop” Flange and the tutorial for How to Sew Mitered Corners, there are a few additional details I need to share about making these two-sided king shams.
For the king size, cut the base of the front to the measurements of 19″ x 34″. I cut the flange pieces at 5″ per full-width strip. You can make your flanges to the size you like. I wanted the flange of these king shams to be different from the standard shams I made with the 3″ flange.
To make a reverse side a little prettier, I prefer an off-set opening. Lay your finished sham front over your reverse-side fabric and cut the full width to the height measurement of the sham. Then, cut the width at about 18″ from the selvage for the sham opening. Notice my cuts are at opposite ends of the fabric strips. For a solid, this isn’t an issue. For patterned fabrics, this matters.
You want the openings to the outsides, which means each sham has the opening at a different end. (The large cut piece is 36″. The smaller piece at 18″ is trimmed further later by another couple of inches.)
Finish the openings by sewing a double 1″ to 1-1/2″ hem along both opening edges of each sham. Serge or zig-zag stitch around the remainder of the sham sides.
Lay the sham front on a flat surface face-up. Lay your large back piece face-down over the sham front.
Place the smaller back section over the larger section, overlapping the opening edges by a couple of inches.
As mentioned earlier, I trimmed off another 2″ from the smaller section. Your trimming measurement is different if you have a smaller flange.
Remember that your shams should have openings at opposite ends, so check the pattern directions and make sure you’ve placed your pieces correctly before stitching.
Follow the remaining directions from the Pillow Shams With a “No-Flop” Flange Tutorial, except for one slight difference.
Sew the flange portion on your finished sham in the ditch of the flange seam. I love that term stitch in the ditch. Ha!
Here are the finished shams.
And, a final and closer view of the back opening with the ribbons sewn for holding it all together.
I hope you can use these sham tutorials that I’ve shared. I know the master bedroom has taken me forever to finish, but this is the last of the main projects. (Although, there is one more tiny thing I’m pondering…maybe soon I’ll get around to that.)
I’m heading into the kitchen today – follow along by email so you won’t miss the recipes coming this week. What are your plans? Any sewing projects? Whatever your plans, I hope you have a blessed week! 🙂
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