I was looking for pillow shams for my guest room, and didn't want to spend an arm and a leg. I hunted high and low before finding these on Overstock. These were inexpensive, yet looked as though they were substantive; simple but attractive. I was not disappointed. The fabric was every bit as thick as I had hoped, and the color was a dead-on match to what it looked like online. They look great with the quilt on the bed. They washed up nicely -- not wrinkled -- went right on the bed and looked great.
The shams are nice fabric. Not comfortable for sleeping, I'm sure, but I don't think shams are intended for sleeping. They do not have zippers, they are more envelope style in design. I found the standard to be a snug fit for my pillows, but I think a pillow in a sham should be full in appearance. I didn't want the shams to be much larger than the pillows. While I was wrestling in one of the pillows, however, I heard some stitches give. I don't see any unraveling and it wouldn't be that big of a deal to put in a few stitches if necessary. I don't see any damage, but I've been a bit more gentle with the shams ever since. I have found it difficult to find reasonably priced, plain solid color shams. These shams fit the bill well. The somewhat rough fabric goes well with a patchwork quilt. I doubt it would work well in a more formal bedroom-- it is a better match for a country style quilt than it would be for a more elaborate bedspread.
I have slept on these shams and they're pretty rough at first but get more comfortable as you break them in. However, the main problem that I have with them is that they slightly tore at the seams when I was putting them on a pillow. I'm not at all impressed with the quality. Also, I ordered them in Ebony and the color was rather ashy looking. If I were you, I'd buy something else.
My old bedding of five years had finally given out. So to get us by until I was able to find the bedding I wanted I changed everything to white. I think the shams are great and fit my current needs. I would recommend this product to my friends.
These are the most God awful shams I've ever had to deal with. The dry cleaners lost one of my shams that matched my white comforter, so I was forced to order new ones. When these arrived, I could not believe the shotty craftmanship put into these shams. I had out of town guess coming so I had to use them. The bobbin had ran out of thread and the person sewing them kept on sewing leaving one full side barely connected. The fabric is very rough and stiff...not to mention they are HUGE!!! I ordered the king size shams and there is probably 6 inches of fabric left flat once the king size (over stuffed) pillows are inserted. I didn't send them back because I was desperate to have them for my guests, but I ended up having to reconstruct them (which took most of the day). Very disappointing!!!!
These shams are pretty nice for the price. They are a little stiff, but i'm sure with more washing they will soften. The back enclosure is nice--to one side, not in the middle. This makes it easier to get the pillows in. Overall, not bad at all.