For the perfect perch after a bath, turn a terry-cloth towel into a pillow sham. Our hand towel is just the right size (31 1/2 by 18 inches) to cover a boudoir pillow (12 by 16 inches). Place towel faceup. Fold left end 2 1/2 inches past middle. Fold right end toward middle, overlapping left side by 5 inches. Pin sides. Sew top and bottom edges, leaving 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn inside out; insert pillow. For other sizes, determine sham dimensions by adding 1 inch to both length and width of pillow. Use a towel that is at least 1 inch wider and twice as long plus 5 1/2 inches as the finished sham. If using a larger towel, cut to size (trim excess from one side so you'll have only one unfinished end). If you make adjustments to length, add a 1/2-inch hem.
Martha Stewart Living, April 1998