Repurposing Pillow Shams

September 30, 2008

PIllow Shams on SofaUse pretty pillow sham covers as pillows on your sofa or as throw cushions! I see these all the time at Goodwill for a buck or two, and I decided to make use of them. My kids like to use them as floor pillows, as well. Plus if your sofa is kind of tired looking you can add a couple and give it a whole new look.


By Carol from Landisville, PA

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July 30, 2012

I had two pillows that were used a lot! I had washed them several times and finally the covering just almost disintegrated. The inside pillow was still good so I decided to recover them (since new pillows are $15.00 and up when you buy them).

Newly recovered throw pillows.


February 25, 2009

Whenever I buy sets of bedding many times there are two pillow shams that go with the bedding and I never use them.


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March 25, 2012

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


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April 1, 20121 found this helpful

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.

April 2, 20121 found this helpful

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.


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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

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.

April 2, 20120 found this helpful

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.


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April 14, 20120 found this helpful

ok384, they have overlapping backs so your idea would work for me.

Thanks to all for the great tips!


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April 14, 20120 found this helpful

Oops, I see it should be ck384 (not ok384). Sorry!

February 23, 20191 found this helpful

I use mine as table top covers for my night stands. Very cute and match

August 31, 20210 found this helpful

Use shams and make a baby quilt

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February 23, 2005

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.



February 23, 20050 found this helpful

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
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  • 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)
  • large placemats

Have fun with them and enjoy your shams!

By tonya (Guest Post)
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

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.

By Amethyst (Guest Post)
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

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.

February 23, 20050 found this helpful

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.

By Barbara (Guest Post)
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

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

February 24, 20050 found this helpful

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.


Thanks again.

By Guest (Guest Post)
February 24, 20051 found this helpful

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.


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February 24, 20050 found this helpful

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!


February 24, 20050 found this helpful

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

By Tim (Guest Post)
February 25, 20050 found this helpful

I use them to re-cover the chair in my bedroom. I have a matching set to the bed.


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March 8, 20050 found this helpful

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.

By delanese

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November 8, 20050 found this helpful

If color/size right a valance or small curtain.

December 20, 20090 found this helpful

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.

March 14, 20190 found this helpful

I sew two pillow shams together, back to back. It make grocery baby seats cushy for both my baby and when I take my service dog shopping with me.

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