Silver Lining Square-in-a-Square Pillow Sham

Silver Lining Square-in-a-Square Pillow Sham and Quilt

This pattern is proof that classic quilt blocks never go out of style! Design a traditional square-in-a-square quilt block and transform into a minimalist chic pillow sham with this tutorial. Made in hues of silvery gray and frosty white, this pillow sham pattern is designed for a 14” square pillow, making it the perfect size for a stylish throw pillow for your living room or bedroom. Pair this pillow sham with the Between the Lines Windmill Quilt also found in this issue!


  • 3/4 yard white cotton fabric
  • A piece of batting 16″ x 16”
  • A piece of gray printed fabric at least 7″ x 7”
  • Gray thread for stitching and quilting

Cutting Instructions:

  1. From the white fabric, cut two squares 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8”, then cut each square once on the diagonal. Cut four oblongs 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ to frame the center block, two oblongs 12 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ for the backs of the cushion, and cut a square 16″ x 16” as backing for the quilting.
  2. Cut the gray print to a square measuring 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4”.

Sewing Instructions:


  1. Follow steps 1 to 6 of the quilt instructions to make the center on-point block for the pillow sham.
  2. Pin and stitch a 10 1/2″ white strip to the top left of the center block (leave the right-hand end hanging).
  3. Work round the center block anti-clockwise, adding the remaining three white strips in the same way the framing strips were added to the quilt (see steps 16 – 21 of the Between the Lines Windmill Quilt located in this issue). Press the pillow front well.
  4. Layer up the backing fabric, the batting, and the finished pillow front. Secure as suggested for the quilt.
  5. Quilt a triangle 1/4” away from the seam lines in each corner of the center block and quilt 1/4” away from the seams around the outside of the center block as seen in the photo.
  6. After quilting, trim down the pillow front to 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2”.
  7. Lay the pillow front, right side up, on the table.
  8. Fold down one long edge of a pillow back oblongs 1/4” and press. Fold over again and press again. Do a line of stitching down the fold to secure it. Repeat with the second pillow back.
  9. Lay one pillow back, wrong side up, on top of the pillow front, with three raw edges aligning with the pillow front edges.
  10. Now place the second pillow back, wrong side up, on top of the first back and the pillow front, with three raw edges aligning with the pillow front edges.
  11. Insert pins at right angles round all four sides.
  12. Stitch all round with a 1/4” seam, removing pins as you go.
  13. Neaten the seam edges with a narrow zig-zag stitch on your machine.
  14. Turn the pillow sham to the right side and poke out the corners.
  15. Insert a 14” square pillow through the opening at the back.

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