Weekend Sewing ~ Pillow Covers

Pillow Cover from a Cloth from Nandyala, India

Recently, when I was looking for some material suitable for pillow slipcovers, I came across an old cloth in one of my suitcases. I had brought this piece of cloth with me seven years ago from Nandyala. It was supposedly for kitchen curtains, but I have never gotten to use it. I stitched four small pillow covers out of it this weekend and they looked very nice. This has been the first project with my new Singer sewing machine.



  • By Anu, June 21, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

    Wonderful Indiragaru!. I was planning to buy a sewing machine. But got confused at the choices, computer controlled and what not. Would be of great help if you could tell me what to look for while buying a sewing machine. Thanks.

  • By aa, June 22, 2009 @ 4:17 am

    That looks so lovely indira! I love the material…and have always been a fan of the dull-mango-gold with white. One suggestion though – I think the chair would start to look narrower and sharper if you flipped the cushion 90 degrees to make the vines go vertical 🙂

  • By Hari Chandana, June 22, 2009 @ 6:22 am

    Woww.. wonderful!!!!so lovely

  • By DK, June 22, 2009 @ 10:36 am

    I learnt making pillow covers from my mom – most of the basic household stuff used to be made by my mom – but sadly although I got a brand new Singer from one of our friends when they left the country, I have not been able to do any sewing 🙁 Between a full time job and “blogging” (!!!) I haven’t gotten time – May be I should start now. The covers look great Indira – glad to note that you are more talented than you let out 🙂

  • By Sowmya, June 22, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    Wow the cloth as such looks amazing, I love this chocolate color especially with a mild white pattern on it.

    Lovley colors… Wonder how u make time for so many things ! You rock !

  • By Sapna, June 22, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    Hi Indira,

    Beautiful work. And really nice to see your garden photos earlier. And I didnt know that Sweet Marjoram is the same Maruvam we put in the middle of Kanakambaram flowers in the flower garland and they are edible too it seems.

    All I can say is thank you for your blog.


  • By Preethi, June 22, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

    looks elegant!

  • By Kay, June 22, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

    Indira, Nice pillows!

  • By vineela, June 22, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

    Love your pillow covers,Indira.
    Once i stitched chudidar myself when i was in college .
    Recently,I made gift bags for akshay’s birthday.Like to learn crochet in future .

  • By Indira, June 22, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

    Thanks Anu. I am no expert in sewing machines. For me, I wanted a basic, simple sewing machine with solid construction. Main thing was keeping the cost below $100. The model I bought met all those things and seems to work fine.

    Annapoorna: I agree. 🙂 Rookie mistake.

    DK: It’s getting harder to find time, isn’t it? I know.:) It took me nearly two months of procrastination to finish this simple project.

    Sapna: you have a beautiful garden.
    I also have the aphid and ant problem. Will follow the chilli solution outlined in your blog.

    Vineela: Homemade gift bags! Oh, wish I was your neighbour.:) Would love to see your craft work, dear Vineela.

    Hari Chandana, Preeti, Sowmya, Kay: Thanks friends.

  • By Mythili, June 22, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    that looks really awesome!

  • By moi, June 23, 2009 @ 4:33 am

    How lovely! Nice way to inaugurate your new machine, Indira! In the days before India imported things as freely as it does now, I used to make handbags and shopping bags from cotton canvas or flannel, and then add motifs to them. On a flannel bag I appliqued a cute hand-painted patch of a Snoopy. On a canvas bag, I painted red strawberries. I miss sewing! Now your post has inspired me to make a brown canvas tote with a kolam design… 🙂

  • By mahek, June 23, 2009 @ 9:35 am

    GOOD JOB!!!!

  • By VineelaSiva, June 25, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

    Hai Indira garu the pillow cover looks very fine.Can u please tell me which sewing machine to buy.I dont know which one to buy.CXan u please upload the foto or tell the model number??

  • By Nirmala, June 27, 2009 @ 12:04 am

    Looks lovely and soothing. We too had bought a sewing machine reenlty. I haven’t laid my hands on it but amma had already made two set of frocks for my younger one 🙂

  • By nyginko, August 18, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    Indira, the pillow fabric is lovely and so is the
    case itself with the “ruffle” (?) around it. I am trying to imagine more about its construction.

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