Sew a beginner-friendly pillow sham that's pieced from simple strips. In-the-ditch quilting complements the richly patterned fabrics-jewel-tone Boutique Batiks from P&B Textiles.

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Materials

Inspired by "Wake-Up Call" from designer Demetria Hayward

1/4 yard blue batik (pieced panel)
1/2 yard purple batik (pieced panel, binding)
1/4 yard lavender batik (pieced panel)
7/8 yard green batik (pieced panel, pillow back)
1/4 yard turquoise batik (border)
1/4 yard dark turquoise batik (border)
3/4 yard muslin (lining)
25x32" batting
Standard-size bed pillow

Finished pillow sham: 28x21"

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From blue batik, cut:
3-2-1/2x16-1/2" strips
2-1-1/2x16-1/2" strips

From purple batik, cut:
3-4x42" binding strips
4-1-1/2x16-1/2" strips

From lavender batik, cut:
4-1-3/4x16-1/2" strips

From green batik, cut:
2-21x18" rectangles
4-2x16-1/2" strips

From turquoise batik, cut:
1-2-3/4x16-1/2" border strip
2-2-3/4x14-1/4" strips for border

From dark turquoise batik, cut:
1-2-3/4x16-1/2" border strip
2-2-3/4x14-1/4" strips for border

From muslin, cut:

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Assemble Pillow Sham Top

1. Referring to Pillow Sham Assembly Diagram, lay out blue, purple, lavender, and green batik strips in a row. Join strips to make pillow sham center; press seams in one direction. The pillow sham center should be 23-1/2x16-1/2" including seam allowances.

2. Referring to Pillow Sham Assembly Diagram, sew turquoise batik 2-3/4x16-1/2" border strip to left-hand edge of pillow sham center. Join dark turquoise batik 2-3/4x16-1/2" border strip to right-hand edge of pillow sham center. Press seams toward border strips.

3. Sew together a turquoise batik 2-3/4x14-1/4" strip and a dark turquoise batik 2-3/4x14-1/4 strip to make a top border strip. Press seams in one direction. The top border strip should be 2-3/4x28" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a bottom border strip.

4. Join top and bottom border strips to remaining edges of pillow sham center (Pillow Sham Assembly Diagram), aligning turquoise and dark turquoise portions of strips with corresponding side borders, to make pillow sham top. Press seams toward border.

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Finish Pillow Sham

1. Layer pillow sham top, batting, and muslin; baste. Quilt as desired. Trim batting and muslin even with edges of pillow sham top.

2. Turn under 1" along one 21" edge of each green batik 21x18" rectangle; press. Turn under 1" again and stitch in place to hem pillow back pieces.

3. Referring to Pillow Sham Back Assembly Diagram, overlap hemmed edges of pillow back pieces by about 4" to make a 28x21" pillow sham back. Baste overlapped edges.

4. Layer pillow sham top and back with wrong sides together. Baste around all edges. Using a 1/2" seam allowance, bind with purple batik binding strips to complete pillow sham. Insert pillow through back opening.

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