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Anyone have uses for pillow shams?

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.

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Any and all ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Anjeena

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Anonymous
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
  • 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Anonymous
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.
Anjeena

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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!

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Marcie

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Anonymous
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

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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.

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By Annette (Guest Post)
November 8, 20050 found this helpful

If color/size right a valance or small curtain.

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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.

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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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