How To Make Pillow Sham Flange Stand Up?

How To Make a Pillow Sham Flange Stand Up

If you’ve been eagerly trying to figure out how to make a pillow sham flange stand up, know that it can be relatively easy when done right. To achieve this, you should consider reinforcing the flange with the use of interfacing or starch to give it enough structure. Stitching the corners can also help the flange hold its position upwards.

Understanding a Pillow Sham Flange

To comprehend how to enhance a pillow sham flange, being well-versed with what one is would be a great start point. A pillow sham flange can also be termed as a decorative border (typically made from fabric) that surrounds the entire periphery of a sham biscuit. It is usually added to enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the pillow, but it can often frustrate sham owners when it fails to stand up as expected, creating a slouchy appearance.

The Role of the Flange in Pillow Shams

Apart from enhancing the aesthetics of the pillow, the flange might belong to a collection of interior decoration elements that effectively contribute to an overall cohesive look and feel. Therefore, having a droopy or collapsed flange might not align with your interior decor vision. It not only distorts the pillow’s shape but also detracts from the bedroom’s overall visual appeal.

Details of the Flange Construction

The flange’s makeup might play a critical role in it keeping stable and upright. The stitching techniques, seam allowances, and even the materials used to construct the flange can greatly influence its ability to stand up. This is why seeking a good understanding of these elements can significantly help in adjusting your flange to meet your desired aesthetic standard.

Reinforcing the Flange: Interfacing and Starch

Understanding the constituents of a flange will help you to apply suitable reinforcement methods. For example, using a stiff interfacing within the flange seam allowance could add enough internal structure to make the flange stand up. You may even consider using a heavy-weight home decor fabric for the flange construction or incorporating a heavier fabric, such as canvas fabric, within the flange’s seam allowance for reinforcement.

In some instances, applying starch can also help the flange maintain an upright position. Starch will stiffen the fabric, allowing it to resist flopping down. However, it’s fair to note that this method might require a recurring application of starch after every wash to maintain the stiffened effect.

Stitching Techniques for Flange Stability

Similarly, using a specific stitch type can help keep the flange standing. For instance, top-stitching the flange close to the seam joining it with the pillow sham can offer additional support. Be sure to use a high-quality thread and suitable stitch length to ensure good aesthetic quality.

Pillow Styles

The style of pillow sham you use can also impact how effectively the flange remains upright. Euro shams typically accommodate the flange to stand upright due to their overall thicker construction and firm fill. Hefty inserts can also make the flange protrude outwards, which gives it a higher possibility of standing up. Feather or down inserts might prove the fluffiest options that push against the flange, offering it good stability.

Proper Storage

When not in use, proper storage of your pillow shams will play a significant role in keeping the flange intact. A flat storage space is advisable to prevent putting pressure on the flange, which could cause it to collapse. It is also wise to fluff the pillows after storage to ensure they regain their original shape.

Finishing Thoughts

In conclusion, getting your pillow sham flange to stand up is not a daunting task. It primarily requires an understanding of your flange’s composition, and then implementing the appropriate techniques, be they reinforcing the flange with interfacing or starch, employing specific stitching methods, choosing the right pillow style, or maintaining proper storage practices. By combining these efforts, you can keep enjoying a refreshing and decored bed space with proudly standing pillow sham flanges.


  • Dominic Johnson

    Hello! I’m Dominic Johnson, the whimsical wizard behind the world of sleep at With a background in Sleep Psychology and a quirky love for all things dozy and dreamy, I bring a sprinkle of fun to bedtime blues. I've spent my career unraveling the mysteries of the Sandman, turning dense science into cozy bedtime stories. When I'm not buried in research papers or testing the fluffiness of the latest pillows, I'm usually found playing impromptu lullabies on my old guitar for my twin daughters or teaching my labrador, Rocket, new tricks. My approach to sleep is simple: blend science with a touch of magic and a hearty laugh.

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