One of the things I really enjoy about my Etsy shop is when I get to work with customers on custom orders.
I received a conversation, which is the Etsy version of a text, from “Liz” wanting to know if I could make a European sham from a fabric I had in stock.
Of course, I would love to!
I wrote up the order and sent it to her and we then chatted about the flange of the sham. (Try and say that 10 times fast)
A standard Euro sham is 26 square inches with a flange, or border around the edge. Liz and I discussed if the finished size of the sham would be 24 or 26 inches.
She decided that she would like it to be a finished 26 inch center.
Part of her decision came from the fact that she was going to purchase a larger than 26 inch insert.
Many times people send me conversations wondering what size insert to use. A rule of thumb is to insert a pillow into the cover that is 2 inches larger than the cover. This gives the cover a nice full look and fills the corners out.
16×16″ cover should have a 18×18″ insert
18×18″ cover should have a 20×20″ insert
Now lets compare the look of a sham to the look of a pillow cover.
A Euro sham is the largest pillow and is placed closest to the headboard. The pillow on the right has a flange, 1″ sewn border vs. no flange on the pillow on the left.
I think it gives the pillow structure and definition.
What do you think?
Are you team flange or team no flange?
Do you like the look of a full/fat pillow or a softer/more loose pillow?
I’d love to hear from you,