How to Make a Euro Pillow

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Unlike standard pillows and shams in America, Euro pillows are square in shape. Euro shams usually measure 26 inches on both sides. Use the pillows as decorative pillows on your bed, to provide back support when you want to read in bed or in the living room on the couch. Sewing a Euro pillow is a simple project, though you can make it more difficult by making a patchwork pillow or choosing a contrasting fabric for the outer edge.

Things You'll Need

  • 1.5 yards cotton or satin fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • 1 Euro pillow form or cushion, 26 inches square
  • Cut one 28-inch square piece of fabric and two 28-by-18 inch pieces of fabric.

  • Fold one long edge on each of the 28-by-18 inch pieces of fabric over 1/2 inch, then over 1 inch and pin in place. Stitch along the inside edge, 1/8 inch from the edge.

  • Place the 28-inch square piece of fabric on your work surface, right side facing up. Put on 28-by-18 inch piece of fabric on top of it, right side down. Set the other 28-by-18 inch piece of fabric on top of the square, right side down, overlapping the edge of the other 28-by-18 inch piece. Pin together along all four sides.

  • Sew the fabrics together along all four sides, 1/2 inch away from the edge. Turn the pillow right side out and iron it flat.

  • Top stitch along the four sides of the pillow, 1 1/2 inches from the edge to make a decorative flange. Slide the pillow form into the opening created by the overlapping 28-by-18 inch pieces of fabric and toss on the bed or couch.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make a patchwork pillow by stitching together 49 5-inch squares into a 28-inch square grid for the pillow's front.
  • Give the pillow a contrasting flange or edge by cutting four 2.5-inch wide by 28-inch long strips and sewing them to the body of the pillow. Use a 26-inch square piece of fabric in place of a 28 inch square and sew the four strips to the sides of the square before assembling the pillow.

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