How To...Make a Scarf Pillow

How To...Make a Scarf Pillow

Heather Blaha
Oct 24, 2007

We love the back pages of Vogue, the index checklists where guest editors round up items that reflect a personal style or trend. In the September '07 issue, makeup artist Gucci Westman was all about menswear - gaining inspiration from Oxford lace-up shoes to style icon Katharine Hepburn.

Westman also selected these vintage-scarf pillows from Madeline Weinrib Atelier, which run between a whopping $900-$1,200...

Since we live in a world in which a pillow for a grand is a little bit, um, excessive, we wanted to bring you a simple DIY to create something similar. If you've inherited several of your grandmother's scarves but rarely find yourself drawn to wearing them, this could be a great winter project to tackle.

There are many instructionals to follow online, but we selected this simplified play-by-play from Martha Stewart Living. More than anything, we loved the selection of metallic scarves shown in this image (below):

Silk-Scarf Pillow How-To
You'll need durable, decorative fabric, such as silk shantung, for the back, and muslin to reinforce your find.

1. Cut a piece of muslin 1/4 inch larger than scarf all around. Center scarf on it, right side up; pin, and stitch to muslin 1/8 inch from scarf edge.

2. Make a back with an envelope-style closure (two flaps that overlap, for inserting pillow): Cut two pieces of fabric, each three-quarters as long as the muslin and the same width. Stitch a 1 1/2-inch hem on one end of each. With scarf right side up, lay one piece of fabric at each end of scarf, right sides down, hems pointing toward center. Pin, and stitch to scarf just inside previously created 1/8-inch seam.

3. Turn, and press out corners with a knitting needle. Iron, and then slip pillow form inside.

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