Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sew Easy Shamrock Sham

Hey everyone ... Elizabeth here today with an easy envelope pillow tutorial.  I love making envelope pillow covers (or for the purpose of an engaging blog title ... “shams”) because they are easily removable, fast to make and, most importantly, do not require any hand stitching!  Ain’t nobody got time for whip stitching! So follow along below to see how I construct one of these with, as a bonus, a timely themed applied applique ... sorry ... that last sentence section was a real tongue twister : ).

STEP 1: Gather Supplies

  • Pillow form
  • Fabric for pillow cover & applique
  • “Wonder Under” fusible interfacing
  • Thread for pillow cover & contrasting color for applique
  • Shamrock clip art
  • Sewing machine & basic sewing supplies
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Iron & ironing board

STEP 2: Cut Fabric Panels
  • Cut ONE front panel and TWO back panels
  • Front panel = 1”added to both the width and length of the pillow form
  • Back panel = width of pillow + 1” by length of pillow/2 + 4” (for hem and overlap)
  • For example: if the pillow form is 16” x 16” the front panel will be 17” x 17” and one back panel will be 17” x 12” (or 16/2 + 4)

STEP 3: Measure and mark the center point of the front panel

STEP 4: Size, print and cut out shamrock clip art

STEP 5: Iron “Wonder Under” to shamrock fabric according to manufacturer’s directions

STEP 6: Trace shamrock shape onto the paper backing then cut out

STEP 7: Peel away paper backing then fuse shamrock to the center of the front panel

STEP 8: Zig-zag stitch over raw edges of shamrock to finish applique

STEP 9: Hem one long end of both back panels

  • Fold over ½” and press
  • Fold over ½” again and press
  • Top stitch to secure

STEP 10: Layer and pin panels

  • Lay front panel on work surface with right side up
  • Layer backs on top with right sides facing down and hemmed edges facing towards center
  • Pin layers together

STEP 11: Round corners

  • Trace rounded shape onto all four corners and cut
  • This step helps to lessen the “pointy rabbit ear” effect on the corners

STEP 12: Stitch around all four sides of pillow cover

STEP 13: Turn cover right sides out and press then insert pillow form and enjoy

Hope you have fun constructing your own themed “shams” ... and don’t hate me because of the math ... once you get things laid out ... it will all become clear ... clear as mud ... Lol.

See you back here on Thursday for another shamrock project that will surely ... well ... ROCK! : )


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