My biggest designer has me working on a job in Beverly Hills. It's a bedding job and since I have been wanting to share how to make Euro Shams with Flanges, it came at the perfect time. Euro Shams are a fabulous part of a bedding ensemble. Often times they have a top stitched flange around the border. The problem with flanges, especially if they are 3" wide is they flop away from the front of the pillow and don't really give the impact they are meant to give. Here are a few examples of floppy flanges:
Follow along as I make these Easy Euro Shams.
I usually put a zipper closure in my shams, but this designer specifically asked for french closures. So this really is going to be one of the easiest projects for beginner sewers.
Technically Euro Shams are 26"x26". But you can make them whatever size you want. I am making 26"x26" Euro Shams with a 3" flange. Again, you can make your flange whatever size you desire.
Since Euros are so big, I always estimate 2 yds of fabric per sham.
What you'll need:
2 yds of fabric per sham
1 yd of lining per sham
1 yd of batting per sham
Lets figure our cuts.
Take a look at the diagram above. We will cut the front of our sham 33"x33" (26"+3"+3"+1"=33")
So we cut 2 pieces 21 1/2" wide x 33" long.
Also cut a lining piece 33"x33" and a piece of batting 33"x33". Use upholstery batting, not quilt batting. Your batting needs to be thick and have plenty of body to it in order to keep those flanges from flopping.
Press up double 1" hems on the center edges of your back pieces.
Stuff your pillow with a Euro size pillow fill and you are done!