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How To’s Day: Bias Trimmed Pillow Sham

July 21st, 2015 by Camelot Fabrics

Hi everyone,




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It’s How To’s Day! Today’s tutorial is for a super pretty Bias Trimmed Pillow Sham by Marion of Made by Marion. This bias trimmed pillow sham is a fun twist on your basic pillow cover. Its diagonal design gives the pillow a modern feel, along with the trim detailing and easy back zipper closure. Make two (or more!) and spruce up your bed space – goodbye boring pillow cases, hello gorgeous pillow shams! We chose to feature our Emilia Collection, with its lovely purple and grey hues, which makes for a very feminine and soft look.






Want to make your own Bias Trimmed Pillow Sham? Click MORE to see the full tutorial.

Project Designed by: Marion of Made by Marion
Fabric Featured: Emilia by Camelot Design Studio





– 2/3 yd of Fabric A (Front) – Emilia quilting cotton (44” wide) from Camelot Fabrics in 2142801 #2
– 2/3 yd of Fabric B (Front) – 2142804 #3
– 1/2 yd of Fabric C (Edging) – 2142802 #2
– 2/3 yd of Fabric D (Back) – 2142803 #2
– (1) 22” closed-end zipper in coordinating color
– 45º triangle tool
– Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine with a zipper foot, iron & pressing surface, fabric shears, measuring tape & yard stick, pencil/fabric marker, straight pins, & coordinating thread


– Please wash, dry & iron your fabric before beginning, and trim selvages.
– Unless otherwise directed, sew all seams with a 1/4” seam allowance.
- RST = right sides together.
– WOF = width of fabric.



Fabric A – Cut (1) 27” x 21” rectangle.
Fabric B – Cut (1) 27” x 21” rectangle.
Fabric C – Cut (5) 3” wide bias strips, and square up the ends as shown.


Fabric D – Cut (1) 21” square and (1) 7” x 21” rectangle.



1. Draw a diagonal line on the Wrong Side of your Fabric A rectangle, running from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.

2. Draw a mirror diagonal line on the Wrong Side of your Fabric B rectangle, running from the top right corner to the bottom left corner.


3. Cut the rectangles in half along their diagonal lines.


4. Pin & sew the Fabric A triangle to the Fabric B triangle, RST, with their diagonal edges lined up. Finish the edge with a zig-zag seam and press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric.


5. Trace a curve around a saucer or small bowl at each of the Front’s corners. Trim along these curves.




1. With the zipper foot mounted on the right-hand side of your machine’s presser foot and the zipper partly open, pin & sew (1) side of the zipper tape to (1) Back piece as shown. The zipper’s teeth should be against the fabric’s Right Side.
When you approach the zipper toggle, lower the needle into the work and lift the presser foot. Slide the toggle underneath the presser foot so it’s out of the way, lower the foot, and continue sewing.

2. Repeat with the remaining Back piece – make sure that the prints on both pieces are the same way up!

3. Sew the open end of the zipper (the top of the teeth) close using a wide zig-zag with the stitch length set to zero.
When you open up the work, it will look like this:


4. Switch back to your regular presser foot.



1. Sew the Edging strips in pairs as shown, RST. Press the seam allowances open and trim them to 1/4”.


2. Fold the Edging in half lengthwise, Wrong Sides together, and press.


3. Unfold the Edging and baste it to the perimeter of the Front, RST, leaving a 2” tail at the beginning of the seam. Use a long stitch setting and a 1/4” seam allowance.

4. When you’ve gone all the way around the Front and you’re back at the beginning, sew precisely up to the start of the seam (folding the beginning tail out of the way) and trim the excess edging, leaving a second 2” tail.


5. Sew the (2) tails together, RST, right up against the surface of the Front. Press this seam open and trim your seam allowances to 1/4”.

6. Fold the edging in half, Wrong Sides together, and baste the second long edge directly on top of the seam from Step 3. The seam allowance from sewing the tails together is contained within the edging.




1. Open the zipper at least halfway and pin the Front to the Back, RST. You’ll probably have some excess Backing – this is fine.

2. Sew the Front to the Back with a 1/4” seam allowance. Go carefully over the zipper – we like to use the handwheel for this part – and backstitch for extra strength.

3. Trim the excess Backing and zipper length 1/4” from the seam.

4. Clip into your curves, turn the work Right Side out, and press lightly.





I hope you have enjoyed this week’s tutorial! You can find more from Marion on her blog, Made by Marion. And, if you decide to give this project a try, we’d love to see! You can send all your photos to Have an awesome day!




Happy Sewing!

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