banded sham – tutorial

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I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I know I did.  You know it’s a good one when a video of yourself hula hooping after a few margaritas gets uploaded to Facebook.  Thanks again Apes!  No worries, I got one of her too 😉

And, thank you, thank you for your ubber sweet comments on my little boy’s pics from last week.  I totally agree, he is quite the cutie-pa-tootie!

Ok, so here’s the tutorial I promised you guys last week of the banded shams I put together for my master bedroom.  Banded, monogrammed shams have been on my radar for quite some time.  You can pick them up at places like Pottery Barn, but at $59 a piece plus extra for the monogram, I knew they could be thrown together for much cheaper.

Here’s my DIY version of the banded eruo sham.

What you’ll need:

  • white cotton fabric (3 yards for two eruo sized shams)
  • 1″ wide black twill tape (I picked up three 2 yard packages from the fabric store)
  • thin black piping (I picked up three 2.5 yard packages from the fabric store)
  • sewing machine with regular foot and piping/zipper foot
  • black and white thread
  • pins and scissors
  • iron and board
  • black embroidery thread and stabilizer (only if you’re doing the embroidery yourself)
How to do it:

STEP ONE:  Cut out your fabric.  For two euro shams you’ll need two 30.5″x30.5″ pieces for the fronts, two 21.5″x30.5″ pieces and two 12.5″x30.5″ pieces for the backs (for an envelope style closure).  This will give you 1/2″ seam allowance.
STEP TWO:  Pin the twill tape to the front pieces.  I placed mine so that the outside edge of the tape was 4.5″ from the edges.  Stitch in place with your black thread.
STEP THREE:  Pin the piping around the edge of the front pieces.  Cut several snips into the flange of the piping to get it to curve nicely around the corners.  Stitch in place with your black thread using a piping or zipper foot.
STEP FOUR:  If you’re doing your own monogram, put it on now.  If not, take it out to be embroidered before going any further.

STEP FIVE:  Hem the two edges of the back pieces that will come together to form the envelope closure.

STEP SIX:  With the front of the sham facing up, place the two back pieces on top face side down.  I placed the larger piece down first.  Pin and stitch in place using your piping or zipper foot.
TIP:  When sewing the back pieces in place.  Turn the entire sham over so that you are sewing directly over the stitches from when you sewed on the piping.  This way you have a perfect guide to follow and don’t steer away from the piping.
STEP SEVEN:  Turn the sham right side out, and press flat.  Now pin for the flange 2 inches from the outside edge (this should also be 2 inches from the outer edge of the twill tape).  Stitch in place using your regular sewing foot and white thread.
TIP:  Ensure you’re stitching 2 inches from the edge by placing a piece of tape on your sewing machine to use as a guide.

Voila, you’re done!!!

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  2. the cape on the corner Avatar

    i'm loving that accent pillow. such a relaxing space!

  3. Andrea Avatar

    Wowza, that was way behind my sewing ability, but they look gorgeous. I love the monogram too! You are one talented woman.

  4. Pieced Pastimes Avatar

    These are so lovely. Such a classic and timeless look and your bedroom is beautiful!
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

  5. Judy K Avatar

    You did an amazing job. I am definitely going to make these for my guest bedroom. I have an embroidery sewing machine and was looking for a project. I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  6. organicallyopulent Avatar

    Amazing job! I'm so happy to have seen this tutorial featured on another blog – and if you don't mind, I'm going to feature it on my blog shortly as well. Happy to be introduced to your blog. LOVE the upcycled tie necklace too. It looks amazing.

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  7. Kelly Avatar

    Wow!! These are so stunning and professional-looking. I'm super impressed. Make me some next? 😉

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

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