Pintuck pillows and pillow shams

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These are a bit more complicated than the comforter cover but very doable.

I made all 4 of these from a white sheet.   I bought all these pillows at Salvation Army for $10.

021I obviously have a few more pillows to make covers for.  Those tutorials will be in the future.  The inspiration for my pin tucks came from this site.  I plan on making a  flower pillow next.

For the pillows you first need to measure the pillow you are going to work with.  Measure both the length and width.

sewing 011Here are the pillows with their measurements on paper.

sewing 014So, for pin tucking a pillow it is best to cut out the front piece separately from the two back pieces.  I cut out 3 pieces because the back will overlap and leave you a big slip to insert your pillow into.  001

This is what the backs of the pillows look like.  After cutting the material out for the back pieces you will need to fold and sew along one edge for the finished look.  One of the edges I cut out the sheet edge so I didn’t have to sew that one.

Now, on my measurements I have them listed for a non pintucked pillow.  The back measurements are correct but in order to allow for the added material that will be needed to make pin tucks you will want to add in 3 inches all around the front piece.  So for the one that is 16×16 cut out a piece of material that is 19 or 20×19 or 20.  It’s really not that big of a deal, don’t get frustrated just measure add the inches and cut out your pieces.

For the 2 smaller pictures I made a grid that is 2X4.

sewing 0094x2I used my cutting guide to mark out the grid on the back of the material.

sewing 010 measureAfter the material is marked, (I used a pencil to mark the little dots) then sew.  I had to use my old vibratory shuttle White machine.  We bought it at Salvation Army for 35 dollars.  Best 35 dollars we’ve spent there.  It sews anything.  Ttwist the material as much as possible and then sew about a 1/4 inch in.


And a close up shot.  I tend to like to twist them more than I did in this particular tuck.


After all the tucks are sewn lay out the front piece and pin the tucks around the edge.  Notice in this picture that around the edge there is extra material because you gathered the material for the pin tucks.

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Then piece together the three pieces of material.

1-lay out the pintuck piece face up.

2-lay one back piece on top of that so that the 2 right sides are facing each other. (Lay down the piece you want to be seen on top once you turn it inside out)

3-lay the other back piece on top with the right side facing down.  (The 2 back pieces should have the right sides facing the front right side piece.)

Now pin the pieces together and sew all the way around the edge of the pillow.  Make sure in the middle where the 3 layers of material are together that you sew through all 3.  This was a bit tricky at first for me.

The cool part is that you sew all around the edge without worrying about leaving a hole for turning.  I love it!

Once it is turned you can put your pillow in and you’re done!

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Now we’re going to talk about the shams.

sham 002Measure the pillow the same as we did before.  Follow all the instructions the same as before except add 2 inches around for the added sham part.  So for the front, if your pillow is 26X17 then add 3 inches for the pintucks, 2 inches for the sham and to make it easy 1 inch for the seam.  Now the front pillow piece you cut is 32×23.  And for the back you only need to add the 2 inches for the sham and 1 inch for seam allowance and then 2 inches on one piece for the overlap.  So the back measurements would look like this 1 piece- 31X21 and 29X21.  Make sense?  If not shoot me a question or google pillow sham tutorial.

Now that you have your pieces of material you can mark out the back of your pillow with the grid for pintucking.  For the shams I did a 4X4 grid.  Here’s what it looks like on paper.  Mark it onto the back of the pillow and twist and sew each tuck.

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Again you’ll have to pin over the extra material that is around the edges.

Then lay the material out as described above-right sides together.  And sew all around the edge of the pillow.  Then turn right side out and iron.  Now measure 2 inches around the pillow and use white chalk to mark it or what ever you use to mark your material.  Then sew around and you have a sham.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. future.flying.saucers
    May 19, 2013 @ 04:26:39

    I’m so impressed!!!! Beautiful!!


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