Yes, Iíll admit it: I have a pillow obsession that defies all reason. Walk into my house and youíll find a living room strewn with more pillows than could ever be used at one time; peek into my bedroom and youíd see a bed piled thick with soft, fluffy, cozy pillows Ė and I donít care that my boy complains about how impractical it is, that each night we just toss them to the floor come bedtime. I have a weakness for the way pillows look, and while plain old pillow cases in soft, solid-colored fabrics do the job just fine, pillow shams are even better Ė nothing ruffly or frilly or too frighteningly girly, just a simple flat border to accent my lovely pillows.
Pillow shams are so ludicrously pricey that itís rarely worth it to buy them. Especially since theyíre such a breeze to make. If youíve conquered the art of making a basic throw pillow cover, youíre ready to try a simple flanged sham.
what you'll need
ruler (yardstick, preferably)
pencil in a color thatíll show up on your fabric
masking tape or other removable tape
1 Measure your pillow: You can make a sham for any sort of rectangular pillow, whether itís for your bed or for the sofa. Use a tape measure to figure out the height and width of the pillow, and write it down.