Project Design Team Wednesday~Polka Dot Pillow Sham

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Riley Blake Design Team Project

Hi! I'm Maureen from Maureen Cracknell Handmade a proud member of the Riley Blake Design Team!! Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a Rugby Stripe Pillow Sham using just a few of Riley Blake's wonderful basics, Cotton Dots and Solid fabric. If you have any questions feel free to email me at Now let's get started!!  

What you'll need : :
  • 1 - 1/2 yd cut of RBD small Cotton Dots in Brown
  • 1 - 1/2 yd cut of RBD small Cotton Dots in Grey
  • 1 - 1 yard cut of Solid White Fabric
  • white thread
  • Sewing pins and basting pins
  •  rotary cutter/mat set 
  • standard size bed pillow  

polka dots

Piecing the Rugby Stripes : :

1. Using the rotary cutter/mat, cut 3 pieces of fabric measuring 5 1/2" x 31" from both the brown and grey dots. Cut 6 pieces of fabric measuring 5 1/2" x 31" from the solid white   

cut fabrics 5.5 x 31

2. Using 1/4" seam allowance, with right sides facing pin and sew the length of the fabric strips together in a pattern -- brown, white, grey, white, brown, white, etc...  3. repeating until all strips are sew together in one long piece, pressing the seams open as you go

right sides facing 1.4 seam
pin and sew
continue until all of the stripes are attached press seams open

4. Once all strips are pieced together, hem both the top and bottom edges of long long panel by folding over the edges 1/4", pressing well, fold over and press again, pin and sew both along the inner and out edges of the fold

hem step 1
hemmed ends
Becoming A Sham : :

5.  With the work facing right sides up on the cutting mat, use the inch marks on the mat and a ruler as your guide, to center the long fabric piece. 6.  Bring each end in, overlapping on top too measure 24". This will create the pillow front and bottom opening.  7.  Pin in place on both open edge and across the middle to secure the envelope style opening  8. Using a 1/2" seam allowance sew along both sides with a straight stitch and then again using a zigzag stitch, staying in between the stright stitch seam and outer edge. 9.  Carefully clip each corner, remove all pins, and turn this piece right sides out

create closure fold in ends until the front measures 24 inches
overlapped back
sew with straight stitch and then again with zig zag stitch all the way around clip corner and turn right side out. This should measure 24 x 30
Creating the Flange : : 
10. Using a Disappearing Ink Pen or chalk and a ruler, mark a 2" line in from the outer edge all the way around the entire sham top. 11.  Sew along this line, back stitching a couple of stitches when you begin and end  12.  Insert a standard size bed pillow and admire your work!

use a disappearing ink pen or chalk to mark your seam line two inches from the outer edge all the way around
Sew on your marker or chalk line all the way around backstiching a couple of stitches when you begin and end
Insert standard pillow in the back closure

It felt so good to make something for one of my boys! 
I can't wait to make more!!

Polka Dot Rugby Stripe Sham
Header maybe

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my Design Team Project!!! I'll be back soon with a new one! Be sure to let me know if you give this one a go!!  Maureen

Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. Maureen, these are so elegant - great for boys, but a nice statement in ANY bedroom!
    by Elizabeth McDonald
    January 30th, 2013 at 9:58 a.m.
  2. Those are such a fun sham. You have made the tutorial so easy to follow. Looking forward to your next project.
    by Pam Metsers
    January 30th, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.
  3. Beautiful fabric, beautiful tute!
    by selfsewn
    January 30th, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.
  4. fabulous pillow! I love the graduated shades you used. Thanks for showing how to do the flange too!
    by Lizzie
    January 30th, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.
  5. Great tutorial and I love the color choice and polka dot fabrics!
    by Kathleen
    January 30th, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
  6. Very sharp! Think I'll give it a go for my girls rooms.
    by Laura
    January 30th, 2013 at 9:59 p.m.
  7. Awesome project! I love the colors of it! Perfect for my boy's room... Thanks for sharing Maureen!
    by Beckie
    February 06th, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

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