I have to admit, over the past five years, I’ve become a bit of a “custom-made” snob–custom window treatments, custom bedding, custom upholstery, custom everything. I will use ready-made items only if I have to, and when it comes to window treatments, I generally just refuse outright. Once you’ve dealt with gorgeous fully-lined, interlined, professionally-made window treatments, it’s really hard to buy some narrow, poorly-cut, lined-with-the-absolute-cheapest-thinnest-cotton-ever drapery panel off the shelf at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
But in the event that I DO have to use ready-mades, I generally like to customize them a bit: add some pinch pleats to a flat drapery panel, sew some trim on the edge of a drapery panel, etc. Just a little something to make it look not so “off the shelf”.
That was the case with the quilted pillow shams I used in J & A’s bedroom. I bought plain quilted white shams from Marshall’s, but I wanted to add a little something to beef them up a bit, make them unique, and to tie them in with the gorgeous linen bedskirt, so I added a ruffled edge.
I’m so please with how they turned out, but interestingly, I think adding this detail to a ready-made was probably harder than just making one from scratch. Oh well, I definitely saved money. Here’s how I did it.
First I measured around the perimeter of the pillow sham, and then doubled that number and added 20 inches. I cut a linen strip that length and 6″ wide. Then I sewed the ends together to make one continuous strip, and folded it in half along the width all the way around. Then on the raw edges, I put several gathering threads (no more than about 20 inches each). I forgot to take pictures of all of those steps…sorry!!
After the gathering threads were in, I pinned the strip to the sham at each corner, and at the middle of each side. To determine how much of the linen strip to pin, I doubled the length of the side and added 5 inches. This extra amount is for the corners.