Sew Long Summer 2019: pillow slipcovers

The Sew Long Summer tour is back!

The Sew Long Summer tour is hosted every year by mahlicadesigns. I have some pillow slipcovers to share with you, but it wasn’t my first idea. Originally, I was planning on sharing a tutorial for an organizer/agenda accessory but when I sat down to sew it, I managed to kill my sewing machine.


The poor sewing machine managed to wrap it’s cord around my ankle while I was sewing and when I stood up to walk away, it fell to the floor, snapping off some inner plastic bits in the process. I have a vintage 1980s or 70s sewing machine that I got a year ago but never used, that I tried to get working… but alas, it doesn’t work (I think the timing is off). It’s gone to the repair shop for a few weeks, so I’m left without a machine until the end of the month. So, no tutorial for now but I hope to get that up next month.

Lucky for me (and you!) I found a project I’ve never shared on my blog before. Pillow slipcovers!

Pillow slipcovers are a great change of seasons project. With a bit of fabric, you can have a whole new look in your house. Pillow covers also make a great first sewing project! These ones are all straight line sewing and don’t have any closures.

Pillow covers – Lulu & Celeste

I made these a year or two ago. I’m sure I followed a tutorial at some point and then made any adjustments to make to the size I wanted but I don’t remember which one. Sorry about that!


Top pillow: Paper Bandana – Paper Cuts – Sky Canvas Fabric by Cotton + Steel

Bottom pillow:  Garden Walk Wing Song by Michael Miller  in aqua. Originally purchased from but it’s been at least 5 years since I purchased it so I don’t know if it’s available anywhere. (I know it’s been 5+ years because I used it in this project years ago.)

While I can’t remember which tutorial I followed, I do know that I had modified the corners on the canvas one to make them box corners.

They have a simple envelope back, no closure needed since they overlap a bit and stay closed.


Have you made covers for your pillows before? Any tutorials to recommend?

Check out the rest of the tour stops below!

The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along and comment on their posts this week.

Sept. 9th Sewing A La Carte, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing With Sarah

Sept. 10th The Bear and Pea Atelier, Auschick Sews, Stitched by Jennie, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, A Rose Tinted World, mahlicadesigns

Sept. 12th Little Heart Threads, Lulu and Celeste, The Crafting Fiend, Fils Anddraps

Sept. 13th Petite Font, Sew 4 Five, The Sewing Scientist, Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Kitty Makes It

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4 thoughts on “Sew Long Summer 2019: pillow slipcovers

  1. Pillow covers is a project that is perpetually on my list, but I never get to. I think If I just made one and realized how quick and easy they are, the project wouldn’t remain stuck at the bottom of the list.

  2. So sad to hear about your machine, but bonus is that now you get to go shopping for a new machine! I got an amazing deal on a Pfaff just under a year ago and was it ever an upgrate from my old brother. Great work on the pillowcovers, so glad you were able to stick with the tour.

  3. Great pillows! I have taken the lazy option and bought my last lot of cushions from the store! I decided a while ago that I’m just not going to make home dec stuff anymore, even if it is pretty straightforward lol. Well.. Mostly just not wanting to make curtains again. haha.

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