How to Make a Pillow Sham

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread

Using a pillow sham is a great way to jazz up a tired old pillow and make it really stand out as a decorative piece in your room. With some very basic sewing knowledge and a great fabric, you can give your pillow new life and style.

Measure the pillow you would like to cover.

Choose your desired fabric, along with any decorative trim or pieces you would like to use.


Fold the fabric in half, print side in.

Cut your fabric to size, leaving about 1-½ inch extra in all directions for the hem.


Use a sewing machine to sew a simple stitch from the fold of the fabric out along the two longest sides.


Cut off any excess along the edges.

Fold over your fabric along the bottom of your pillow sham to create the hem.


Sew along the hem, leaving your pillow sham open so you can slide a pillow into it.


Add any desired decorative pieces to your pillow using your sewing machine, or even fabric glue.


Turn your pillow sham right-side-out and slide your pillow inside.