March 15, 2011

Boy/Girl Pillow Shams – Custom Bedding, Part 2

This post is Part 2 of my Custom Bedding Tutorial for my final So You Think You’re Crafty project, where I made coordinating boy/girl decor for my oldest kiddos’ shared bedroom. Before reading today, I hope you’ll head over to read Part 1 for a full description of the project and to see how I made the duvet covers that coordinate with these shams. Don’t forget to come back over, though, because the shams are definitely the star of the show!

All caught up? Terrific! Let me show you exactly how I made these little darlings!

For this project, you will need…

Boy and/or Girl Templates
1/2 flat sheet for the front panel
1/2 flat sheet for the back panels
A portion of the remainder of the sheet you cut your stripes from for your duvet
Marine vinyl
Wash Away Wonder Tape
Leather sewing machine needle
Heavy duty thread
Tissue paper
Washable ink marker
Coordinating thread
Basic sewing supplies: shears, machine, measuring tape, etc.
Recommended: rotary cutter and mat

Prep Work

Cut out your pieces. For each standard-size sham, you will need:

(2) 24 x 31″ front panels
(2) 24 x 24″ back panels
(2) 24 x 10″ back panels
(1) 12.5 x 31 stripe
(1) set of boy or girl applique pieces cut from your vinyl, cut out using the templates linked above. For each applique set, you need:
1 head piece
1 body piece
2 legs

step 1 / Press both long edges of your stripe piece under 1/4″. Pin your stripe to one of your front panel pieces 6″ from both the top and bottom of your front panel piece. Edgestitch along the long edges of your stripe to secure it to your front panel. Fold your front panel in half lengthwise, and mark the center point of the top and bottom of your piece using a washable ink marker. Using these marks as a guide, center the pieces of your boy or girl appliques on your sham as shown, adhering the pieces to your panel using Wash Away Wonder Tape.

step 2 / Outfit your machine with your leather needle and your heavy duty thread. Place a piece of tissue paper on top of your applique, and carefully stitch all the way around each piece to secure it to your sham. (The tissue is used to keep your foot from sticking to the vinyl as you sew. Smart!) When you are done stitching, tear the tissue away. Use tweezers to remove any tiny remnants of tissue than remain.

step 3 / Replace your leather needle with a standard sewing needle and your heavy duty thread with your standard thread. Pin your two front panel pieces together, right sides facing, making sure all of the edges are precisely aligned. Stitch them together using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 3-inch opening for turning. Clip your corners and turn your piece right side out, using a corner-turning tool to push the corners and seams out completely. Press. Edgestitch all the way around your piece, closing the opening you used for turning as you go. Repeat the above steps with your two 24 x 24″ back panels and your two 10 x 24″ back panels.
 With wrong sides facing, pin your smaller back panel on the right-hand side of your finished front panel, with the long sides and corners of each piece precisely aligned. Now, pin your larger back panel piece on the opposite side, precisely aligning the corners and edges, so that the center edges of your back panel pieces overlap by 2″.
step 4 / On the right side of your front panel, make a mark with a washable ink marker 2 inches from each of the outer edges at each corner, as shown. You will use these marks as guides to show you where to pivot when you stitch your front and back panels together. Now, stitch your panels together using a 2-inch seam, pivoting at each of the corner marks you just made. (It might be helpful to place a Post-It note on your machine 2 inches away from where your needle falls to use as a guide to keep your line of stitching precise.)
Now, slip a pillow inside your sham and admire your work!
Click here for a FREE printable and tutorials for how I created the wall hangings and lamp shade to coordinate with the room decor!

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6 Responses to Boy/Girl Pillow Shams – Custom Bedding, Part 2

  1. ificould March 16, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    super cute!!! thanks for sharing!
    Missy & Kimi

  2. kiki comin March 19, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    love, love, love your bedroom you did…voted for you. SUPER fun.:)

  3. Ladybird Ln March 19, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    So cute, I love how it is great for a boy/girl room combo! Very creative and stinkin’ cute!


  4. radn March 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Lovely tutorial! I did vote for you last time I visited your blog.

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. $35 + free shipping to get a custom trendy backpack for your kid from Paige Holliday Designs. All you have to do is leave a comment. ends 3/23.

  5. Rebecca M December 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    I’m so glad you shared how you made this wonderful bedding; it’s just what I’m looking for! We just ordered bunk beds for our son & daughter, & I’d like their spaces to be individual yet harmonious. This is perfect & sounds simple enough to do even with kids running around. I plan to make the whole set. Thank you for giving me the solution I was searching for!!!
    * I have one question, why do you use marine vinyl for the boy/girl symbols, & can I use a different material (hopefully one easier to sew through)? * Thank you!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 8, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      Hi, Rebecca! I am so glad you like the bedding! I used the vinyl because I like the leather look (it reminds me of a varsity letter jacket), but you could easily substitute regular fabric to do traditional applique. Thanks for stopping in! registered & protected

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