Words about contentment inspired this series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Join me in the comments and share what you've done with what you have.
When a project is coming together - bedding and rugs, lighting and paint colors, for someone else's home, and there aren't pillow shams to be found that will work with the plan, just order one more twin flat sheet, and sew up those shams you're missing.
It's not the first time I've used sheets when I've needed a quantity of yardage, and it probably won't be the last. It's good to remember that there are options beyond the fabric bolt.
It's a simple sewing project, these flanged pillow covers. In fact, it's the perfect place for a beginning sewist to start, if you know of someone who's knocking that idea around. With an easy envelope closure in back, this one is made of straight seams, with no zippers or buttons to fuss with.
If an entire sewing project at once seems a bit daunting, too-big-of-a-bite, or there are just no more that fifteen minutes at a whack in your day, the process can always happen in smaller steps (and often does around here). One day wash & dry the fabric. Another day iron the fabric & cut out the pieces. Next day sew one pillow cover, then sew the other in another slice of time.
Before long, there'll be two pillow shams where once there was a sheet.
Do what you can with what you have.
If you'd like to try your hand at making, but need a bit of guidance along the way, here are some flanged sham tutorials for you to peruse:
An adaptation (make a throw pillow cover)
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