Last Updated on June 15, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
I have one more quick sewing project to share with you from the second condo bedroom makeover — an easy DIY euro sham with flanges.
I made some similar euro shams for the other bedroom, but they had slightly smaller flanges.
If you can sew a straight line, I think you’ll be amazed how quick and easy these are.
Euro shams are generally 26 inches square, so you need to start by cutting a square of face fabric that is 26 inches + 1.25 inches (for a standard 5/8″ seam) + the desired width of the flange. I made these flanges to be 2.5 inches all the way around, so I cut my face fabric to 32.25 inches square.
(Note: I actually prefer smaller flanges, like the ones on the navy blue shams in the other bedroom. Smaller flanges stand up and out on their own much better, and have a much more polished, finished look to them. I think I made those flanges 1.5 inches. The larger the flange, the more of a tendency they’ll have to flop over on top. If you want a larger flange, it’s better to add something between the layers of fabric around the edges to give it more body. Buckram would work. An iron-on interfacing would be even easier to work with. Just cut some strips of iron-on interfacing that are slightly wider than the flange, and iron it onto the back of the face fabric on all four edges before sewing the sham together. Or you can avoid that extra step and either make the flanges smaller or live with floppy flanges. 😀 )
Next I cut the back piece. Since I didn’t have enough of the paisley fabric to do the backs of the two shams, I just used some leftover white fabric for the backs. I also wanted to make an envelope back, since I think those are way easier and faster than messing with zippers, so I cut the back piece to 32.25 inches by 40 inches.
Then I cut that piece exactly in half so that I had two pieces that were 32.25 inches by 20 inches. The inside cut edges are the ones that I sewed in the next step.
With the right side of the fabric facing down, I turned the fabric one inch, then pinned, and pressed the fold in place.
Then I folded it over again one inch, pinned, pressed, and then sewed along the inside fold to keep the hem in place.
The I repeated that on the other piece of white fabric.
With the hems in both of the back pieces, I placed the face fabric on my work surface (I always work on the floor 🙂 ) with the right side facing up, and then I placed one of the back pieces on top, right side facing down, lining up the three edges with the face fabric, with the hemmed edge in the middle. I pinned it in place around the edges of the face fabric.
Then I took the other piece of the back, and with the right side of the fabric facing down, I lined it up opposite the first back piece and pinned it in place around the edges of the face fabric. The hemmed edges overlapped each other in the center.
I stitched all the way around all four edges using a standard 5/8-inch seam, and then I flipped the pillow sham right side out and carefully ironed the edges so that I had a neat, crisp fold along the edge seams.
And then to create the flanged edge, I stitched all the way through the face fabric and the back fabric 2.5 inches from the edge, all the way around the sham on all four sides. I always use painters tape to mark any length that isn’t marked on my machine so that there’s no guess work.
And that’s it! You can easily make a pair of shams in an hour-and-a-half or less, and save yourself quite a bit of money in the process.
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