Bright Spot

Sham and Pillows


  • 3 yards of four or five of the same fabrics used for comforter
  • Scraps of white cotton fabric
  • Fusible mesh cut-away, heavy tear-away and water-soluble stabilizer
  • Embroidery, bobbin and sewing thread
  • 2 yards of beaded decorative trim
  • Three buttons, no larger than 1" diameter
  • 14" and 18" square, and 14" neck roll pillow forms
  • 18" of three 1/4"- to 1/2"-wide ribbons in three colors
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • Zipper foot
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
  • Embroidery designs of your choice, including a flower appliqué and border
  • Optional: Hand sewing needle
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Make a quick and simple 4-patch sham with appliqué flowers to complement the comforter.

Cutting & Embroidery
  • Cut a 13" x 17 1/2" rectangle from four different print fabrics.
  • Cut two 22 1/2" x 24" rectangles from the dot fabric for the backing
  • Hoop heavy tear-away stabilizer and one rectangle of contrasting print fabric cut larger than the hoop. Choose another print fabric for appliqué. Embroider the flower. Un-hoop and tear away the stabilizer. Trim around the outside of the flower, leaving 3/8" of fabric to frame the satin stitching.
  • Repeat to create another appliqué flower.
Note: Sew right sides together with 1/2" seam allowances.
  • Sew the four 13" x 17 1/2" rectangles together to make a 25" x 34" rectangle. Press the seams toward the darker fabrics.
  • Turn one short edge under 1" and again 1" on each of the 22 1/2" x 24" rectangles.
  • Place the backing fabrics right side up with finished edges centered vertically. Place the 4-patch rectangle on top. Sew around the outside edges to secure. Clip the corners, trim the seams and turn right side out. Press.
  • Measure and pin 2 1/2" around the outside perimeter. Straight stitch to create the flange.
  • Center a flower appliqué in two diagonal squares. Topstitch to secure. Note: Be careful to open out the backing when attaching the flowers.

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