Tuesday, April 23, 2013

10 minute pillow shams for the Living Room

Sorry for the late post today, things have been crazy recently!

Last week I shared a few fabrics that I ordered from fabric.com. The coral was a little pinker than I was anticipating, but I loved it and David didn't hate it, so I decided to go with it!


Yesterday I finished making a few new pillow shams for the living room. I decided to try Jenny's 10 minute simple envelope sham and it was the perfect!

fabrics L to R 1. 2. 3. (in blue, no longer on website) 4. 5. 


I followed Jenny's instructions and I added a few tips of my own.


1. I measured the width of the existing sham and added .5" on the two long sides for seam allowance. I placed the existing sham on the end of the fabric and folded it over once, I then added about 4-6" for overlap at the end. (a 20"x20" pillow should be about 20"x46")

2. I folded the short end over .5" and ironed, 3. folded over once more to cover all raw edges. 

Repeat on other short side. 

4. I sewed the two short sides where I created the hem. 5. I then folded the fabric (right side in) I placed the sham to the side and adjusted the fabric until it was the same length and pinned in place.

5. I sewed the two open ends 6. and finally snipped the corners so that they would stick out easily. I then turned it right side out and pushed the corners out. These were so fast to make!



I also added small black pom pom trim the outside of one sham, using this tutorial. Since the tutorial above only sews two sides (the other two don't have seams) you need a front piece and two back pieces so that you can sew the pom pom trim to all four sides.


1. + 2.  After cutting the front to size (.5 inch seam allowance on all sides) I sewed the pom pom trim around the outside 3. I cut out the back pieces with 4"-6" overlap and sewed around the outside. 


I love how fun and bright they are. Perfect for spring! I still need to add trim to the solid coral sham. I ordered some online (after not finding anything locally) so it should get here in the next few days :) 



The pillow on the chartreuse caning chair got a new cover with this fabric.


Annabelle loves her new seat!


You may have noticed that I moved the furniture around ... I plan to move (or sell) the sofa table and replace it with a taller open shelving, like Ikea's Vittsjo


I also love having the TV in the corner so is no longer a focal point. It fits perfectly here! 


Almost done! Just a few more things ...

Also on the list:

Tall open shelving
Rug in seating area
New ottoman/coffee table 

Stay tuned to see the trim on the solid coral pillow!

23 comments:

  1. It looks great. So bright and cheery! I love your color combo. Good to hear you liked fabric.com. I've been thinking about giving them a try. Love the David Hicks fabric.

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    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth! I love that you love color too! :)

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  2. i love all the colors! by the way, got the stencil in the mail- thank you!!!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! Good!! So glad that it made it :)

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  3. Oh, we can never have too many pillows, right? I'm loving that tiny pom pom trim!

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    1. The mini pom pom is my favorite!! Love it!

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  4. They all look really great, so bright and cheery! Agree with jennifer above, the mini pompom is so great.

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    1. I agree, love how they brighten up the space! Love the mini pom pom, such a great way to bring in a little texture and contrast!

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  5. I love the mix of patterns and sizes- makes it look so cozy!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love the mix of pattern too! :)

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  6. Love all of the pops of color in your living room. And aren't those the easiest things to sew? I just made my first throw pillows and they were soooo easy. Restored my love of my sewing machine. :)

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    1. Thanks Laura! By far the easiest way to completely change the feel of the room! I'm so glad I got a sewing machine, love it!! :)

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  7. I love the fabric. Do you have any links you could share?

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    1. Thanks! Links are underneath the second photo from the top :)

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  8. Sarah - where do you get your pom pom trim from?

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    1. Hi auralee! I got it from a local craft store, Beverley's (1.00/yd .50 with coupon) but I've seen it at Joanns too :)

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    2. Thanks - btw - can't tell you enough how much I enjoy reading your blog! You're so good about answering questions and putting links to everything, and most importantly inspiring me!

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    3. aww Thanks so much Auralee! I love hearing that! :)

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    4. Sarah - I have a question. Do you sew the pom pom trim on all four sides of the pillow? Also, do you sew the trim on the right side in or right side out?

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    5. Yep, I sewed the pom pom trim on all four sides (right side of fabric) the pom pom should face the inside and the inner edge of the trim should face the outside.

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    6. So....I just sewed the pom pom trim to the fabric, followed the rest of the instructions for the tutorial and realized that I needed to cut out the back part of the pillow into two different pieces of fabric versus sewing them like the other pillows w/o the pom pom trim. The beauty of learning, right?!!!

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    7. Yep, since you only sew two sides on the the 10 minute shams, you have to use the method with three separate pieces (one on front two on back) to have the pom pom trim on all sides. I'll make sure to include a link directing to that tutorial as well :)

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  9. I think all your pillows look great! It seams like such an easy tutorial as well :) Really want to check it out some time. We have a black leather couch so I am not happy with my dark purple pillows and blankets. I need something new (again)!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I love hearing what you think! :)

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