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By Carol from Landisville, PA
Hi Carol, I have been doing this for years! I also use large pillow shams as doggie bed covers as his quilted bed slides right into the sham. Shams are so easy to wash that it really works out for me and also I like things to match so they are perfect to put in the living room and not be an eye sore!
By Rita from University Place, WA
Whenever I buy sets of bedding many times there are two pillow shams that go with the bedding and I never use them. The last time I got some, instead of just packing them away, I went through my linen closet and pulled out any small items that I could fold and put inside of the shams. Anything that I did not use on a regular basis, but wanted to keep.
I now had two pillow shams filled with many of my seldom used items and then put these filled shams on top of the bed in our quest bedroom. This way I used the shams and did not need to buy additional pillows for them, and also freed up some storage room in my very small linen closet.
By Susan from Mulberry, FL
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We don't use pillow shams and I bought 2 king size summer quilts that came with 2 free shams each. Any ideas on what they can be turned into?
By Maryeileen from Brooklyn, OH
You can keep them in the linen closet for sheet sets, pj's, storing quilts or blankets, or just give them to the local women's shelter. Good luck.
You could stuff them with cedar chips, sew up the opening, and use them as a pet bed. The cedar chips will keep down the fleas. This pet bed can be put on the floor or on the spot on the couch where they like to hang out. It can also be a liner for their pet basket. Stylish and matches your bedroom set.
They can be used to make throw pillows, cut into strips for making a rag rug, used to cover hangers or to make sachets, used to make a window valance, to cover a box for storage, or a million of other things.
Depending on how the shams secure, I had an overlapping sham back. I cut this sham in half, hemmed the edges, and used these to cover the back of folding chairs. I used a complementary chair cushion and I always got a lot of positive comments to these plain folding chairs.
ok384, they have overlapping backs so your idea would work for me.
Thanks to all for the great tips!
I have a number of pillow shams (some with zipper and some without) that are new or "almost new". Does anyone have any ideas on how I could use these shams other than putting them on my bed? Many of them don't match any longer.
Any and all ideas would be appreciated.
Here are some uses for pillow shams:
lamp table tablecloth
tv tray cloth
placed on armchair for seat and back cushions (with slim pillows in them and matching) on top of actual large ones, for a different look
couch cushions (all matching or co-ordinating)
bedroom Bible/magazine holder - placed under mattress and hanging down the side half way (for split back shams)
Have fun with them and enjoy your shams!
thetype with 'quilt' pruints make really pretty wall hangings for country theme rooms. doll bedspreads for lace edges, fold in half ( split backs) with pockets out and add strap for voer night bag / purse. Add two apron ties for pretty aprons with built in storage at top either side for adult or neckloop at top and two in center for kids.
I have always used extra shams to store my blankets and quilts when not in use. I just fold whatever I want to store to fit into the sham and then put a bunch of mismatched shams all over the bed in my guest bedroom. Looks really nice and cozy.
My husband and I used the extra shams from our bedroom linens to cover two dreadfully ugly trays. We now have a matching set of breakfast-in-bed trays that can be left next to the bed without ruining the decor.
You can make a nice quilt out of them - a small one for a crib, or child's bed, or a larger one for a twin.
Fill each sham with padding - then stitch an X on the sham (corner to corner) which will hold the padding in place. Sew the shams together either by machine or by hand
Thank you all for your terrific ideas about uses for pillow shams. So creative.
One more question, please?
I also have two king sized bed skirts (again, not matching). Any ideas on uses for these. The base is white and the ruffles are different.
I use pillow shams as large doilies under lamps on my antique end tables, especially if the lamp does not have the little felt feet. It protects the wood from scratches.
I use pillows in pillow shams on my couch and chairs as decorative pillows. Being larger, they are more comfortable. They also help keep the couch clean because both my dogs like to sleep on it. When the pillows get dirty, just throw the sham in the wash!
A bedskirt could be used as an underpad on a dining table with a tablecloth on top. (not waterproof though)
The decorative sides of the bedskirt could be cut and made into pillow covers.
The plain part of the bedskirt that goes on the boxspring could be used as a small quilt backing or curtains. Quite often that part is muslin or white cotton
I use them to re-cover the chair in my bedroom. I have a matching set to the bed.
Why not just use them for floor pillows in the bedroom or family room. You can always try scanning the family photos and iron on, or collage of friend and family photos. Maybe some special stitching or scrapbook-like media and pass them on for gifts.
If color/size right a valance or small curtain.
I cut up special fabrics of some of the prettiest ones to make laprobes to give away, I'm always on-the-prowl for cheap fancy fabrics for my small blankets, and some have nice cording around them to use for my other crafts.