How To Make A King Size Pillow Sham With Flange

If you have a pillow sham, you will notice a decorative strip of fabric on its edges, known as a flange. This flange can be seen on flat sheets and duvet covers at times. Many people prefer the flanged edge for its classic blend around the four sides of the pillow.

If you use a flange, your pillow will get an allowance of 2-3 inches on all sides. This allowance will give an optical illusion of a larger pillow size while ensuring a unique and radiant design. You can use numerous pieces of fabrics to create innovative yet attractive flange designs.

If your client is redecorating the interior of the house, he/she will surely like the idea of flanged pillows. In contrast to standard pillows, flanged pillows offer better decorative sight and are comparatively much easier for sewing. If you have sewing skills, you will find it easy to sew a pillow sham with a flange.

A flanged pillow sham will enhance the curb appeal of your client’s house. Additionally, it gives a beautiful contrast with other pillows. So, if you want to try this skill on your own, follow this guide carefully. Let’s dig in. 

How To Make A King Size Pillow Sham With Flange?

You may notice that there are some additional materials on the ends of the pillow sham. Here, you can apply the flange for a wider appearance of the pillow by using the same or contrasting fabric. You will further need things like sheets, cotton and decorative textiles.

Whether it’s for you or your client, every bedding set needs a couple of exceptional pillow shams. These crisp, customized, and exceptionally decorative pillow shams with flanges are easy and fun to sew.

Additionally, you also have to learn about how to sew an envelope opening for your pillow sham with a flange. This knowledge will help you to satisfy clients who prefer pillow fills inserted with envelope-style allowance in the back.

This article will provide all the necessary information, details and steps for your convenient and comfortable sewing experience. So, tighten up your belts and let’s explore the steps to make your own king size pillow sham with flange. 

So, if you want to learn the steps to make an exceptional pillow sham with flange, stay focused and determined. If you follow and understand these steps, sewing a pillow sham with a flange will become an incredibly easy task for you.

Step 1. Measure Pillow Sham And Arrange Your Equipment

If you’re confused about the measurement of your king-size pillow sham, follow the general one. You can take the usual 28 inches of length and 40 inches width for the pillow sham with flange.

You have to arrange equipment for the process, such as matching thread, flat iron, sewing machine, needles, etc. In addition, keep a ruler and scissors in hand.

Step 2. Wash Your Fabric Before Use

If you want to clean your pillow sham covers, you have to wash them before the process. You can either choose to dry clean or deep wash the decorative fabrics of the pillow sham.

If you want to maintain the quality of your fabrics, try to deep wash them before any process.

Step 3. Cutting The Fabric

In contrast to the general measurement, you can also make a king-size pillow sham with 20×36 inches. In such a case, your flange will measure a minimum of ½ inch to 3 inches.

If you want a full appearance of your pillow, try to choose pillow covers 1 or 2 inches shorter than the pillow. Now, you have to choose the seam allowance. Here, additionally, you can apply one or two-inch more for better sewing and seam.

So, now cut the pieces of the flanges an inch smaller than usual. You can try this step, but it’s not mandatory. This step is best if you have more oversized flanges.

Step 4. Make The Envelope For Pillow Sham

Your pillow sham’s back portion consists of a pair of overlapping sections. These sections will help you to make the opening of the envelope from where you will insert the pillow. You can use any fabric for the envelope making process.

You have to cut an eight inches long piece from the back part of the pillow sham. Then, draw the line at the centre and cut it to have two parts of similar size. Now, iron the pieces until the front part of your pillow cover gets attached to the back.

Step 5. Fold And Stitch The Edges

Here, in this step, fold over the end and iron each rear portion for about half an inch. Again, you have to fold over half an inch and iron it firmly. Also, check if there’s an overlap between the folding and ironing at the ends. 

Now, it’s time for you to sew the edges of the inner fold of the fabric. So, set up the back portion of the pillow cover with the front portion up. You can use a pin to keep the fabric in place.

You have to sew the entire piece starting from the half-inch edge and finally backstitch to complete the process.

Step 6. Turn The Pillow Sham on Wrong Side And Iron It

Now, in this step, you will have to turn the sham cover to the other side or wrong side. If possible, you can smoothen its corners.

Additionally, if you’re using a light, delicate fabric like chiffon, you can use a wet towel before ironing.

So, press the sides with your flat heated iron. These will help you to flatten the pillow corners with excellent outcomes.

Step 7. Use Pins And Create The Flange

So, have you completed ironing? Now, to create the flange, you have to use pins to avoid the removal of fabric while sewing. 

You have to pin the outlines of the pillow sham. You can also use a ruler of your sewing machine to rotate your pillow sham around for sewing.

Step 8. Sew The Sides With Hem Allowance

You can keep a hem allowance of about 3 inches and start sewing the sides of your pillow cover.

For a better sewing experience, you can mark the dimensions with tape. Then, sew along with the marked tape line on the seamed side of your pillow sham.

Step 9. Avoid Backstitching, And You’re Almost Done

So, are your shams placed? Now, you have to be careful and avoid backstitching. You can sew from the middle of the pillow’s bottom side and get done with the job.

You’re almost done with the procedure. Now, put the pillow inside the envelope, and your king size pillow sham with flange is ready 

Top 3 Styles of Pillow Shams 

If you’re decorating your room interior, you have to keep the best pillow shams for your bedding set. Your pillow sham plays a vital role in keeping your pillows clean and decorative, complementing the design of your sheets.

Here are the top three styles of pillow shams that you must know:

1.  Flanged Pillow Shams

These pillow shams are the same as standard shams and keep an extra amount of fabric around their perimeter. The flange used for these pillow shams are 3-5 inches in depth and gives a decorative outlook to the simple sham. 

2.  Quilted Pillow Shams

These pillow shams have decorative stitching on the front and quilted back of the pillow shams. The fabric at the front is extra soft and wide in dimension due to the thin batting of layers.

3.  Standard Pillow Shams

This pillow sham is also known as a knife-edge sham. These are plain, simple, rectangular in design. This pillow sham perfectly fits the size and shape of the pillow with extra room for comfort.

How Can You Change A King Pillowcase Into A Standard One?

It is quite easy to turn a king-size pillowcase into a standard one. You have to reduce the measurement by removing extra ten inches of the length.

Then, you have to turn the pillowcase inside out to cut about 9 ½ inches of fabric from the closed edge. You have to sew the seam again for about ½ inch from the newly cut edge.

If there is any fraying in the fabric, trim it down. Finally, you can turn the case outward again and all set with a standard one.

How Much Yards Will It Take To Make A King Size Pillowcase?

If you want to make a king-size pillow sham for your bed system, you have to use the correct measurement. Whether for your bed or to gift, you will need about 1 ½ yard of 45 inches of fabric.

With this amount of fabric, you can easily meet the standard requirements of a 20×36 inch pillowcase.

Henceforth, this step-by-step guide to making a king-size pillow sham with flange will be cost-effective and time-saving for you. In addition, you can also use the remaining extra fabric for other sewing purposes.

So, try out this method or procedure to make exceptionally unique pillow shams.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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