To make a pillow sham, choose the size of the pillow, cut out the fabric pattern, fold the hems and sides of the pillowcase, iron the folds, sew the hems and sides, and top stitch the flange of the pillowcase. Depending on the size of the pillow, the project should take about an hour.
- Select your pillowcase size
Check the tag on the pillow for its size, or measure the pillow. A standard-sized pillow is 20 by 26 inches. A queen-sized pillow is 20 by 30 inches, while a king-sized pillow is 20 by 36 inches.
- Cut out the fabric pattern
For a standard pillow, cut out a 27 by 72 inch rectangle. For a queen pillow, cut out a 27 by 80 inch rectangle. For a king pillow, cut out a 27 by 92 inch rectangle.
- Fold and iron the sides and hem
For a standard pillow, mark two folds located 20 inches from the shorter ends. For a queen pillow, mark two folds located 22 inches from the shorter ends. For a king pillow, mark two folds located 25 inches from the shorter ends. To crease the folds, iron them. Fold the shorter-width ends to 1/4 inch, and fold them over again. Iron the hems.
- Sew the pillow
Sew both of the hems. Turn the pillowcase inside out, and pin the edges. Sew both of the long edges with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Trim off the edges of the corners, and turn the pillowcase right-side out. Iron the pillowcase. To sew the flange, top stitch a rectangle that is 3 inches away from the edges of the pillowcase.