Browsing the Anthropologie website is one of my favorite past times. I adore the style of the curated website and I could get lost in the store for hours. Most of the time their pieces are well out of my budget, however, and I end up just filling my online cart with beautiful things I will never actually buy. Chew and I are in the process of looking for new bedding and I so wish that I could convince him to purchase one of the beautiful, colorful duvets and quilts that Anthropologie carries but I am sure that will never happen given the prices. So I came up with the idea of recreating a classic anthropology sham on a college-apartment budget. I have loved the look of the Walter-G-Ireba Shams that have been on the Anthro, website for a while now and when I looked closer at them I started to think just how easy they would be to recreate for much less than the $100 price tag.
The ones I created are not an exact match but they have the same general look and feel and they fit much better into our overall decor. I documented the journey and the process of making these Anthropologie-Inspired shams below!
As always, a printable version of this tutorial will be available for free in my Craftsy shop!
I yard patterned quilting cottonweight fabric
½ yard solid quilting weight fabric (white)
21” x 27” piece of medium loft quilt batting
One package embroidery thread
Hand embroidery needle
Basting spray (optional)
4 – 3” x 32” strips
4 – 3” x 26” strips
2 – 21” x 19” rectangles
2 – 21” x 27” Rectangles
Use a ½” seam allowance throughout
Preparing the Front – the front of the pillow is basically a little, and sewn quilt
- Begin by laundering all fabrics before cutting them to the sizes above. This will keep the pillowcase from shrinking and puckering when washed later.
- Press all fabrics well
- Baste the quilt batting in between the two large solid pieces of fabric (spray baste works well but a generous use of pins works too!)
- Using a washable marker, mark off 5.4 inches across the long sides of one solid fabric piece. You should make three marks across the top and three across the bottom
- Using a washable marker, mark off 7 inches across the short sides of one solid fabric piece. You should make two marks across each side
- Use the embroidery thread and the hand needle to straight stitch across the piece, matching up marks on the long sides and marks on the short sides. It should make a grid pattern like below. Be sure to tie off each piece of embroidery thread on each end.
- Trim off any excess batting, press well and set aside
Preparing the Back
- Pick up one piece of the large rectangles of patterned fabric. Down one 21” edge, fold the raw edge over ½”, wrong sides together, and press
- Fold the same edge over again, encasing the raw edge, and press well. Pin in place
- Top stitch down the fold, 1/8” from the inside fold
- Repeat on the other large, patterned fabric piece
- Lay the two pieces down, both right sides up, and with the finished edges you made in steps ten and eleven towards the center, so that they measure 21” x 27”. They will overlap significantly. Baste over the overlap on the top and bottom to keep the pieces in place during the next steps. Set aside
Adding the Border
- With the right side of the white front piece facing up, lay a 3” x 32” strip, wrong side up, along the top, long edge, centering the overage. Sew across the edge. Repeat with a second 3” X 32” strip and the other long edge of the white front piece
- With the right side of the white front piece facing up, lay a 3” x 26” strip wrong side up along one short edge, centering the overage. Sew across the edge. Repeat with a second 3” x 26” strip and the other short edge of the white front piece. Do not sew over the border piece that was attached in the previous step
- Press all seams towards the border strips
- Miter the overlap in each of the four corners. Trim excess.
- Repeat steps thirteen through sixteen with the other four 3” strips and the basted back, patterned piece
- Remove the basting stitches
Assembling the pillow sham
- Place the finished back piece on top of the finished front piece with right sides toegether, sew around all four edges of the sham.
- Trim off excess on each corner before turning right side out and pressing well
- Use a small pointed object (a knitting needle works well, or something similar) to make sure the points in each corner are thoroughly turned out
- Stitch-in-the-ditch around the entire border. This seals in the raw edges of the border seams and keeps the border sharp and distinct from the pillow case
- Press well one last time
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