A Pillow Sham for Debbie

A few weeks ago, my very good friend Debbie asked me if I'd be able to make her a pillow sham inspired by a photo she had of Eddy Van Halen's guitar (she's a huge VH fan). Her birthday was coming up at the time (it has now just passed), so I started planning the make hoping to have it finished by then.

Here is the picture she sent me:

And here is the pillow sham I made for her:

I started with about half a yard of Kona Cardinal and used the slash and insert method to sew strips in white and black in various widths. I just kept doing that until I had a rectangle large enough to trim to 20" x 30".

Once I had it basted, I pulled my red Aurifil thread in 50 wt and quilted it with a square stipple. I really like the texture and it was super fun and easy to stitch.

For the envelop back, I found two fat quarters of this Good Neighbor fabric collection I purchased a few years ago from Connecting Thread. 

The seams inside are all finished with my serger to avoid fraying and to make the pillow cover washable.

The finished size is 20" x 30" - the size of a queen size pillow. 

I'm hoping to see Debbie this coming week so I can deliver her somewhat belated birthday present! I really hope she likes it.


  1. Wow, it is wonderful, Izzy. I can clearly see how the inspiration drove your design and I'm sure she's going to be thrilled with it!

  2. I can't imagine that she won't be thrilled with it! Good for you for translating the inspiration so well.


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