How to Measure for the Amount of Fabric for a King Size Pillow Sham

Bed pillows covered with pillow shams add an extra decorative touch to beds.
Making pillow shams for king-size pillows requires slightly more fabric.Making pillow shams for king-size pillows requires slightly more fabric.
Using fabric that coordinates with your bedding and curtains, you can make pillow shams to make a bed more comfortable and inviting. As you plan your project, measure for the amount of fabric for a king-size pillow sham. Because king pillows are larger than standard pillows, you must make shams that will accommodate this extra size.

Step 1

Check the dimensions of your king pillow with the tape measure. Standard king pillows measure 20 inches by 36 inches. This means that you require about 1 1/4 yards of fabric to make the front and back of the pillow sham for each pillow, without the sham portion added in.

Step 2

Determine the additional fabric to make a tailored sham that extends straight out from the four edges of the pillowcase. A tailored sham requires four fabric pieces 8 1/2 inches wide that you can cut from the width of the fabric -- you will need 1 yard of additional fabric to make a tailored sham.

Step 3

Figure the additional fabric to make a ruffled sham that borders the entire pillowcase. A ruffled sham requires six fabric pieces 8 1/2 inches wide -- extra fabric is necessary to gather in fullness. You will need 1 1/2 additional yards of fabric to make a ruffled sham.

Step 4

Add the fabric amounts you require to make one king size pillow sham. You will need 1 1/4 yards for the pillowcase plus 1 yard for a tailored sham and 1 1/2 yards for a ruffled sham. For each complete pillow sham, you will need 2 1/4 yards for a tailored sham and 2 3/4 yards for a ruffled sham. Multiply this by 2 if you must make two shams -- 4 1/2 yards for two tailored shams and 5 1/2 yards for two ruffled shams.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator

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