DIY

DIY Flanged Pillow Shams

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

One of the simple sew projects that never made it into the Lookbook from the spring fabric collection was this easy flanged pillow sham project, so I’m sharing it today. The flanged edge is a term used to describe the flap of fabric that borders a pillow sham. I love cotton flanged pillows shams after they come out of the wash and once they’re given a quick press with a hot iron, they add a nice detail to a bed whether they’re made of plain fabric or in a fun pattern like this.

simple sew flanged pillow shams

I like to make beds with the plain pillow cases hidden behind cotton pillow shams. Flanged shams like these hide the pillowcases you sleep on at night but are comfortable enough to prop yourself up against by day. Sewing your own is simple, all it takes is prewashed cotton fabric, matching thread, a measuring tape, some pins, and the ability to sew a straight line.

flanged pillow shams on bed

I use the same technique as I did for these envelope pillows, but allowed for extra fabric around the edges to create the flanged border. Here’s the basic step by step for a standard pillow sham with flanged edge: 

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Dresser Do Over + O’verlays Giveaway

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

My stepdaughter moved in with us while she is taking a year off and working before continuing her education. She lives in the little studio above our garage so she has the best of both worlds, a place to call her own and her family close by. She traveled to South America for a few months but since she returned home in December, we’ve been fixing up the studio to suit her style using most of the pieces from her navy and coral bedroom I pulled together for her when she was in college.

She was in need of a small dresser that also served as a nightstand so I painted over this IKEA Koppang chest turned bone inlay lookalike from last year (she found the pattern too busy for her taste and hey it’s just paint!) My girl loves navy and white with coral or pink so I worked with that palette again. I lightly sanded the dresser and gave it a few extra thin coats of Glidden’s ‘Rich Navy’ which formed the base of the original chest makeover from last year.

white tray on navy chest

I used the DeeDee O’verlays fretwork panels for this dresser, just enough to give the drawers a little contrast and curvy detail. I’ve used these panels before (see this dresser update) as have many bloggers, they are a fabulous way to get a high end look for less!

navy ikea koppang with overlays

O’verlays are so easy to apply, I use cotton swabs and Liquid Nails to apply them to the surface of the drawers (make sure the paint has cured for at least 24 hours and is completely dry). This O’verlay pattern partnered with nickel ring pulls purchased at MyKnobs.com mimics the style of the iconic Dorothy Draper Espana chest.

overlays with ring pulls

The navy Greek key trim is from M&J Trimmings, I sewed it on the edge of a plain white curtain. The lamp is one of two raspberry gourd lamps I bought from Lamps Plus (the twin is in the upstairs guest room). The blue accent pillows I made from a single Target curtain panel, the brushstroke accent pillow is my own design. The white mirrored tray is Nate Berkus from Target, the inlay chevron frame was purchased at Anthropologie a few years ago.

navy overlays chest of drawers

 

white tray on navy nightstand

 

Today O’verlays is offering three lucky winners a $75 shop credit for your own makeover, custom or prefab IKEA kits available. O’verlays are lightweight decorative panels that are paintable and easily attach to furniture, mirrors, walls and glass.

Eligibility to win one of three O’verlays $75 shop credits:

1) Pick a favorite pattern at O’verlays then name it in a comment on this blog post, that’s it!

Three winners chosen at random, giveaway ends on Saturday April 11, 2015 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

Good luck!