Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Quilted Pillow Sham { Tutorial } : :

The Quilted Pillow Sham Tutorial

Today I'm sharing my very first Fat Quarter Gang Project right here! A tutorial for a set of Quilted Pillow Shams, a project designed for Art Gallery Fabric's LillyBelle Fabric Collection by Bari J. It's a super quick & easy project, takes only 10 Fat Quarters to make and you'll have a set of new, fabulous shams! It's a great project for a beginner or if you want a smallish project to practice sewing those perfect straight quilting lines! Let's get started!!

What you'll need : :
  • 10 - Fat Quarters of LillyBelle or any other fabrics of your choosing
  • 2 - Standard Bed Pillows measuring 20" x 26"
  • 2 - pieces of cotton batting measuring at least 21" x 30"
  • 1 - yard of cotton muslin cut into two pieces measuring 22' x 36"
  • Coordinating Thread, I prefer Aurifil
  • Rotary Cutter/Mat/Ruler

Cutting and Piecing the Fabrics : :

1. Choose six different fat quarters from the 10 fabrics you've chosen for the pillow sham fronts, save the other four for the pillow sham backs 2. Cut each of the six fat quarters into two pieces measuring 5" x 20"  (I recommend using a rotary cutter and mat set for cutting)

cut fabrics

3. With right sides facing, pin and sew six fabric strips together, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance 4. Press all seams open as you go

My creation

5. Continue to piece both pillow sham fronts and press well on both sides

Quilted Pillow Sham Tutorial

Layering and Quilting the Pillow Top : :

6. Cut Muslin into two pieces measuring 22" x 36". Cut batting into two pieces measuring 21" x 30" 7. Lay muslin piece onto the work surface, center batting piece on top of that, and then center the pieced pillow top

muslin.batting.pillow top sandwich

8. Prepare for machine quilting. Pin layers together well, adding a few pins running down each of the six different fabrics that makeup your pillow sham top 9. Stitch on either side of the seams as shown in the photo below 10. Once quilted, remove pins

Quilted Pillow Sham Tutorial

11. Using a large ruler or straight edge, trim away excess fabric, batting, and muslin. The pillow top should now measure 20" x 26"

trim away excess

12. Continue to baste, quilt, and trim both pillow sham fronts

finished pillow top and back

Sewing the pillow together : : 

13. Prepare back pieces -- Using two of the remaining LillyBelle Fat Quarters for each pillow sham, cut fabrics to pieces measuring 18" x 20", fold over one of the sides measuring 20" a 1/2", press, fold over again, press. Sew along inner folded edge and along the outer edge, staying close to the fold. This will create the double seam finish. 14. Place pillow top piece RIGHT side up on your work surface. Place both backing pieces RIGHT side down on top of the pillow top piece.

My creation

15. Pin and sew along entire perimeter using a 1/2" seam allowance

pin in place

16. Zigzag stitch around the entire perimeter, as well 17. Trim all four corners

My creation

18. Turn pillow right side out, making sure to poke out each corner. Press well. Repeat for second pillow

turn out & press well

Insert your pillows and now you have your very own set of beautiful Quilted Pillow Shams!!

LillyBelle Quilted Pillow Shams!

You can find LillyBelle still available with several of my sponsors --

Fat Quarter Shop  *  The Intrepid Thread  *  Moona Fabrics  * 
Sprightly Fabrics  *  Stash Fabrics  *  
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I went and made a second pair to donate to a local auction, using Bari J.'s Splendor 1920 collection, as well. I'm a such a fan of hers and of Art Gallery Fabrics for everything, but especially bedding! The soft, luxurious hand that AGF's have, truly makes for some extra cozy pillows!

Splendor 1920 Pillow Shams

Wrapped and Ready

If you do give this tutorial a go at anytime, be sure to share on my Facebook page or in my Maureen Cracknell Handmade Flickr group. And, if you've already made some pillows using this tutorial from when I had shared this project on the Art Gallery Fabric's blog, feel free to add a link to where I can find them below. I love seeing them!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!   Maureen


  1. Just lovely. I have to get some of this fabric. LillyBelle is so elegant yet southern comfortable at the same time. I'm so glad you posted these. I forget to look at AG fabrics.

  2. I love the videos on AGF that go with these fabrics!

  3. These fabrics are beautiful and you do such great tutorials. I think this would be a good project for my new house!

  4. That is a beautiful sham. I have pillow forms and want to make pillows, but mine are square.
    I like the idea of doing shams so I can change them out for the seasons.


  5. Sweet~!~ Pinned this puppy :) By the by, how fares the pup?

    1. Thank you! She's doing so, so great and is such a wonderful addition to the family! She's a very busy girl, so most of the pictures I've taken recently are of her on the move, so not very share worthy! She's loving her kennel and goes in there whenever she wants a break or to sleep. But no matter how cute she looks and how much she loves it in there, it does look a bit like she's in a little jail, so I don't want to share those pics either! :)

  6. I'm definitely going to have to make some of these! I can see how easy it would be to modify, too, to make smaller shams for couch pillows, etc.

  7. Love these - your tutorials are great. I think that many of us have the same dreams and wishes.

  8. Oh what a gorgeous pillow sham..Love the tutorial.

  9. Love the tutorials, and the fabrics are gorgeous.

  10. I love these! Your tutorials are always great! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  11. These are beautiful Maureen! I have so many pillowcases, but no pillow shams. This is a great idea!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  12. Beautiful, Maureen! And your sewing is perfect! I love those little details that make it look high quality and special. :)

  13. Hi Maureen:
    Here is a link to my FB page where I have a picture of a beautiful sham I made using your tutorial! I used Kaffe Fassett & Kona Solids & I LOVE the combo. I actually need to take a pic of our new Retro travel trailer that I am fixing up using Kaffe Fassett. So far I have made 4 shams in Kaffee Fassett & Kona Solids & am getting ready to move onto the quilt next. This is going to take me a while.

    Jeanette Schnell

    1. I can't click on your link. I want to see your Kaffe shams!

  14. Loved your tutorial. I can't wait to make one.


  15. Really nice. I'm tempted to make a few for our bed but I'm betting hubby would prefer to just have the plain ole pillowcases instead.

  16. I love this tutorial and I love LillyBelle. I used mine all up. It is my daughter's favorite. I am going to visit her in a few weeks, so hmmmm, I just may have to get some and make her some cases. She is in a new apartment and these would just fit right in.

    Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful gift with us.

  17. It's been almost a year since you did this tutorial, so neat to see it again!

  18. Thanks for the inspiration. My daughter was asking me yesterday if she could sew some pillow cases with my spare fabric and I said she could but this pattern and tutorial would be good for a novice sewer. It's really quite perfect!

  19. Pretty, and I love how you wrapped them up

  20. I made a pair of these for our bed--new quilt to be completed soon. Love these. Thanks for the tutorial. I posted a pic on your Flickr group.

  21. Maureen, thank you... great pictures and simple instructions. I am a beginner quilter in Arizona and this was a great pattern! I added a binding to the sham to match my quilt!

  22. Maureen, great pictures and simple instructions. I added a binding to match my quilt.

  23. تعد الاخلاص افضل شركة تنظيف ومكافحة حشرات بالطائف فهى تقدم افضل الخدمات وباقل الاسعار لانها تتميز بانها افضل :
    شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف بالطائف

  24. شركة اتقان الرياض للديكور

    يعد الديكور من اهم عناصر جمال المنزل ورونقه نقدم افضل ديكورات ودهانات بافضل الدهانات العالمية العالية الجودة ونتميز بتقديم احدث تصميمات الديكور العالمية التى تعمل على جعل منزلك انيقا فخما ومريحا عمليا بالاضافة الى خدمات تنظيف السجاد وتنظيف الموكيت وتنظيف الكنب بجميع انواعه
    نتميز باننا الافضل والاعلى جودة ولكن اسعارنا في متناول الجميع
    مقاول دهانات بالرياض
    تركيب جبس بورد بالرياض
    افضل شركة ديكورات وتشطيبات بالرياض
    تشطيب فلل بالرياض
    تشطيب شقق بالرياض
    فني تركيب ورق جدران بالرياض
    افضل شركة غسيل كنب بالرياض
    افضل شركة تنظيف موكيت بالرياض

  25. شركة تنظيف بالمدينة المنورة
    تعد المدينة المنورة من ارقى مناطق المملكة و تتميز بالطابع الدافئ والتواصل بين سكانها واجتماعهم في المناسبات المختلفه من هنا جاءت اهمية شركة تنظيف بالمدينة المنورة لتقديم خدمات التنظيف للبيوت والمنازل والفلل والقصور والشقق والمدارس والمصالح العامة بالاضافة الى تنظيف الخزانات باستخدام افضل المنظفات فالاول تعد افضل شركة نظافة بالمدينة المنورة
    ولاننا ندرك بان الفلل تحتاج الى عمالة مدربة على تنظيف الاماكن الواسعة ولديها القدرة على تنظيف المسابح وواجهات الزجاج او الحجر للفلل فالاول لمهارة عمالها تعد افضل شركة تنظيف فلل بالمدينة المنورة تتميز بسرعة اداء عمالها في تقديم خدمة تنظيف فلل بالمدينة المنورة نتميز باننا افضل شركات تنظيف الفلل بالمدينة المنورة
    وكثيرا ما تحتوى الفلل على عدة خزانات فلابد من الاستعانة بافضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة فهى تستخدم افضل منظفات الخزانات والمطهرات نتميز باننا احسن شركة غسيل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة نغسل كافة انواع خزانات مياه الشرب بالمدينة
    ولاننا افضل شركة تنظيف شقق بالمدينة المنورة نقدم افضل خدمة تنظيف شقق بالمدينة المنورة بالاعتماد على افضل منظفات الكنب والستائر بالبخار والسجاد والموكيت و اسعار شركة الاول رخيصة بالمقارنة مع منافسيها من الشركات الاخرى الا اننا نعد من افضل الشركات وارخصها

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