I love euro pillows on the bed. I think they make a great backdrop for the overabundance of pillows that are usually on any one of our beds in this house. I love the scale they bring to a bedroom and they are a perfect landscape for some pretty awesome prints to tie everything together.
I’m loving all the colors that we are ending up with too. I can not WAIT to show you the entire room. Just need to tie up a few loose ends first.
These shams are pretty basic and easy to whip up. The ruffle border is a ton easier if you have a ruffle foot. I bought one when I purchased a new machine a few months ago and oh. my. gosh.! What a miracle worker this thing is. I definitely recommend one if you are a sewer and have girlies. I believe any machine you have while have an optional ruffle foot. Try googling ruffle foot for____ (enter make and model of your machine). They are an investment, but let’s face it… how much ruffling is there to do out there???? A LOT!
If you’d like to make some ruffle shams, follow along:
2-2.5 yards of 42” fabric. I give a variance there because if you have a directional print, it may take more fabric
Cut your pieces. To achieve the looooong 7” piece, which will be for the ruffle, you can use THIS TUTORIAL on how to sew the pieces end-to-end in the correct way.
Take your long 7’ piece and iron it in half, so now you have a loooong 3.5” piece!
There she is. The ruffler. Quite a contraption isn’t it. Another great thing about it is the ability to control the “ruffliness” of the fabric. You can make it super ruffly, or just a slight ruffle. It is all controlled by the gear.
If you are not using a ruffle foot for this part, you can ruffle the common way, no problem. I suggest you stitch in 12-16” increment to make it not so hard on yourself though.
Once your ruffled piece is ready, pin it to the right side of the 27” square.
When you get to the end, it will look like this…unfinished edges.
Just turn in the sides about a 1/2” and press. Pin down and get ready to sew.
Sew around the entire square using a 1/2” seam allowance
Now, take your 27×14” and your 27×17” pieces and on one 27” side, iron over 1/2”
Fold over another 1/2” to close up the raw edge
Edge stitch the hem closed. I like using my presser foot as a guide to keep my stitch straight
Place those 2 ready pieces right side down right on top of the ruffled piece. The two finished edges that we just did will be overlapping each other a bit on the back. That’s what we want. Right sides are facing. Pin in place.
Oh, in case you are wondering the fabric I used on these are from Jennifer Paganelli’s line called Honey Child. Love! If I didn’t have a smidge of self control, I might have wallpapered the entire room in it!