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How to Make Shabby Chic Pillow Shams with Lace and Buttons

Shabby Chic Pillow Sham

There are endless versions of Shabby Chic around! I love the cozy uniqueness in the layers of scraps, buttons or ruffles.

I have some fun and simple Shabby Chic ideas for you to get creative with, projects that you can create with your own personal touch!

16 Inch Shabby Chic Pillow Sham, with Lace

Materials:

1 16 1/2” x 10” Rectangle

1 16 1/2” x 6 ½” Rectangle

Spare Doilies

Buttons

2 10 1/2” x 16 ½” Rectangle for Back

Seam Allowance: 1/4 Inch


Sew the longer side of the 6 1/2” piece to the 10” piece, right sides together. Press seams to one side.

Making a Shabby Chic Pillow Sham, Step 1

Lay your doilies on the right side, centered over the seam. Pin the edges of your doilies in place to hold for sewing. Topstitch around the edge. 

Making a shabby chic pillow sham, step 2

Every doily is different, some may look better sewn 1/2” from the edge, some sewn 1/4"  from the edge. I try to sew on an area of the doily that has a tighter weave, so more stitches catch and it holds better.

Hem one long edge on two of the 10 1/2” × 16 1/2” pieces. Hem it 1/2". Lay the pillow front face up. Place the hemmed pieces on top, face down. The pieces should overlap. Sew around the full outer edge.

Making a shabby chic pillow sham, step 3

Turn inside out; poke out the corners; insert your pillow. Enjoy!

16 Inch Shabby Chic Pillow Sham, with Buttons

Materials:

1 16 1/2” x 10” Rectangle

1 16 1/2 ” x 6 ½” Rectangle

1 22 1/2” x 4” Rectangle

16 1/2” of Lace Trim

Buttons

2 10 1/2” x 16 ½” Rectangle for Back

Seam Allowance: 1/4 Inch

 

Sew the long side of the 6 1/2” piece to the 10” piece, right sides together. Press seams to one side.

making a pillow sham, style 2, step 1

Fold the 4” strip in half lengthwise. Press flat. Serge the unfinished edge to prevent fraying. Sew in three even tucks, 3/4" deep (total of 1 1/2" pulled into each tuck). Iron to one side.

Sewing in the Tucks

Sew the strip right along the seam. 

Sewing Ruffle onto Pillow Sham

Sew lace trim right over top, hiding the serged edge. Decorate with buttons!

Sewing lace onto the fabric seam

Hem one long edge on two of the 10 1/2” × 16 1/2” pieces. Hem it 1/2". Lay the pillow front face up. Place the hemmed pieces on top, face down. The pieces should overlap.

Pieces overlapping

Sew all the way around the outer edge. Turn it right side out; poke out the corners; insert your pillow. Enjoy!

 

Finished Pillow Shams


1 comment

  • I love the simplicity of your posts. The instructions are very thorough.
    Thanks Susan!

    Sue Martin

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