How To Sew A Pleated Pillow Sham: Proper Procedure Of Sewing A Pleated Pillow Sham

Proper Procedure Of Sewing A Pleated Pillow Sham

A sham is a beautifying & attractive pillowcase that makes a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of normal-sized pillow fills into functional attachments for one's bedding set. Pillow shams typically come in long-established pillow sizes: Standard Sham (26" X 20"), King Sham (36" X 20"), and Euro Sham (26" X 26"). Different from the typical pillowcase, the pillow sham is mostly open in the intermediate of the back, with moderately overlapped fabric. Pillow shams are available in pairs made out of fabric from a complementing duvet cover. In spite of the fact that they can be slept on like normal pillowcases, pillow shams are typically used as support when sitting in bed and as beautification during the day. You can also place your sham pillows behind normal pillows when it comes to sleeping or you can simply remove it from the bed completely. Contrary to throw pillows, cotton shams can be easily eliminated from their fills in order to be washed or replaced. A pillow sham can be made from washable, operational fabric or build of lush velvets or satins. A sham having a pleated edge becomes a bridge betwixt coordinating fabrics, enhancing as well as emphasizing the decor scheme.
  1. Measure The Width & Length: First of all, calculate & estimate the width of the pillow from side to side, the length from top to bottom. Append 3 1/2 inches and record these measurements as the fabric trim width and length. For instance, if the width of the pillow is 26 inches and the length is 19 inches, then trim the fabric to 29 1/2 inches width and 22 1/2 inches length.
  2. Cut The Fabric: Now, trim the front fabric according to the above taken measurements. Trim the fabric for an overlapping back closure identical to the front cut width plus 14 inches as well as the length the same as the front cut length. For instance, trim the back for a 26-inch wide pillow 43 1/2 inches wide and 22 1/2 inches long.
  3. Align In A Straight Line: Next, place or arrange the two long edges of the back piece in a straight line and press the centerfold. Trim it through the center fold line. Turn each of these cut edges beneath by 1/2 inch and stitch close to the turned edge. Turn one hemmed edge an extra 6 inches, in the direction of the wrong side, and press the fold. Put it down on the table, right side to the table. Place the rest of the back piece on top of this first back piece, right side down, overlapping the centers as long as the overall width of the two pieces is identical to the cut width of the front piece. Fasten the overlapping sections together using pins and set them aside.
  4. Cut The Fabric For The Pleated Ruffle: After that, trim the fabric for the pleated ruffle. The length that is needed is equivalent to three times the measurement of the perimeter of the front fabric piece with the addition of 1.5 inches. The width is equivalent to double the needed or desired finished width of the ruffle with the addition of 1.5 inches. For instance, the length of the before-pleating fabric for a 26-by-19-inch pillow is 271.5 inches. Trim the fabric to the desired measurements, connecting strips as necessary. If the needed or desired width of the ruffle is 2 inches, trim the strip 5.5 inches wide.
  5. Align The Long Edges Of The Ruffle: Place or arrange the long edges of the ruffle in a straight line and press the centerfold. Stitch the two layers together using a seam 1/4 inch from the raw edges before shaping the pleated strip. Put a mark 3/4 inch from one end in order to specify the seam allowance. Leave out the next inch, before pinching the next 2 inches together to shape a pleat that is 1 inch wide on both sides. Put down the pleat flat in opposition of the fabric strip, then fold toward you. Secure the pleat in place, using pins. Leave out the next inch after the pleat, pinch the next 2 inches together to shape the next pleat, lay it, fold toward you, in opposition of the skipped section of pleat strip, and secure in place. Keep shaping pleats to within 3/4 inch of the end. Stitch the pleats in place 1/2 inch from the raw edge, eliminating the pins as you stitch.
  6. Align The Raw Edge Of The Pleated Strip: Place or arrange the raw edge of the pleated strip in a straight line to the raw edge of the right side of the sham front. Secure the strip in place using pins all around the perimeter of the sham. Turn the ends in on themselves and adjoin the end of the strip up to the start of the strip. Make sure not to overlap.
  7. Complete The Pleated Pillow Sham Sewing: Place the right side of the back of the sham to the right side of the front, the pleated section squeezed betwixt the two. Secure through all the layers, using pins and stitch around the perimeter of the sham, 3/4 inch from the raw edges. Eliminate the pins securing the back section fold. Turn the sham right side out and hold down to complete the pleated pillow sham sewing.
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