How To Make Vintage Scarf Pillow Covers: No Sewing Needed!

updated Dec 19, 2019
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I am such a sucker for vintage scarves. I cannot resist them. They are little pieces of wearable art that can also look great around your home. For just a few bucks you can transform your throw pillows by adding unexpected pops of color and texture — and there is absolutely no sewing involved at all so you won’t have to ruin your lovely scarf!

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What You Need


  • Vintage scarves
  • Throw pillows
  • Rubber bands or ribbon


1. Gather a few small throw pillows from around your home. If you don’t have any you want to cover up, keep an eye out for them at yard sales. I will consider buying throw pillows at a yard sale over a thrift store because its easier to get an idea of the environment they came from. If the sale seems clean, pick a few up, bring them home and wash them. Thrift shops are a great resource for vintage scarves, I found mine at a great senior center in town for 50¢ each!

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2. Steam or iron any wrinkles from your scarf and lay it out on a flat work surface, corners pointing straight up and down (diamond). Place your pillow in the middle of the scarf, corners pointing out (square). Fold the left side over the pillow.

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3. Fold in the right side of the scarf. You can leave the tip of the scarf pointing out, overlapping the outer left side, or you can tuck it under as seen below:

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4. Bring in the remaining two points of the scarf and tie the ends in a knot. I kept my pillows super simple, using only the knots from the scarf ends to secure it to the pillow, but you can absolutely use rubber bands or ribbon to keep things in place.

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5. Voila! Super simple no-sew pillow scarf in no time at all!

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Re-edited from a post originally published on November 3, 2014