One of my favorite things to pick up at the thrift store or to browse around for online are vintage scarves. I love the bright colors and graphic prints. This one in particular caught my eye on Etsy. It was a long rectangular scarf. I adore the color combination, and I immediately envisioned it as a long lumbar pillow for our modern gray couch in the playroom. Here’s how I transformed my scarf into a pillow, complete with playful diy pom pom trim.
Supplies (contains affiliate links, except for etsy link)
- Scarf – cotton is easy to work with (purchased from Etsy seller Lotusblossomvintage)
- Lightweight interfacing, cut to dimensions of scarf minus about 1/2 inch
- Yarn (I used Lion Brand Bonbons)
- Pom pom maker (<–also find a how-to video in the link)
- Pins or Wonder Clips
- Rotary cutter and self-healing mat
- Cotton fabric for the back, cut to same dimensions as scarf
- Iron and ironing board
- Needle and thread
- Washable ink pen
- Polyester fiber stuffing
Before we start, here’s a pic of my scarf, before. It’s so pretty and I was tempted to keep it as is!
It was made by Jantzen, known for their swimwear. Did someone wear it to the pool or the beach as a cover-up? Or wrapped around their hair in a convertible?
First step is to add some oomph to the fabric. It is a cotton scarf but it’s thin, so I fused on some lightweight interfacing to the back of the scarf.
Next I made my pom poms with a pom pom maker. I made six per side. You’ll be left with four “tails” on your pom poms, two which are the start and end of the pom pom, and two for tying around the middle to keep it all together.
I gave them a haircut with scissors to smooth them out. I left the two strands from the yarn that ties the pom pom together for attaching to the pillow. If you cut it off by accident, don’t fret, just tie on another strand.
I evenly spaced out my pom poms along one of the short sides of the scarf, right side of the scarf up, using a ruler and a washable pen to mark their place.
I then tacked each pom pom onto the scarf inside the seam allowance with a needle an thread. Do this with all the pom poms on each side of the pillow.
Now it’s time to attach the back of the pillow, with the right side of the scarf up and the pom poms in between. Make sure the pom poms stay inside the scarf as you pin (though you can poke them back in, in between the pins). I used Wonder Clips to keep the layers together over the pom poms.
Now sew up your pillow as you normally would, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing. The scarf had a white border so I sewed right on the border so no white would show. Note: You can scoot your needle over, away from the pom poms, if that helps with sewing, or use a zipper foot.
Before you turn the pillow right side out, gently pull on each of the pom poms so they’re right up against your stitching. Then, tie a knot right up against the stitching. This will keep the pom pom from coming out if kids/cats are too rough on them! I also sewed over the pom poms one more time, right on top of my first stitches.
Turn the pillow right side out and press the seams flat. I normally would trim the seam allowance, and the corners, but I didn’t want to. I wanted to keep the scarf in tact, in case I ever wanted to wear it! Or maybe one of my girls will want to wear it down the road. All that’s left is to stuff the pillow and do a blind stitch with needle and thread. You could also make this pillow as a pillow case and make yourself a custom insert.
All finished. Here’s a close-up of one side.
And here’s a full picture on our gray couch. Hmm it’s looking a bit lumpy already…my girls have been hugging it and rolling all over it for a week! Well at least it’s as comfortable as it is cute. And wow, I just love the colors. I want to decorate the playroom with this color scheme!
I made this scarf as part of Scarf Week! Get it? Hahaha.
Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?
The scarf refashion fun has only just begun! Be sure to chomp those
shark scarf teeth into each of these inspirational D.I.Y. projects hitting the blog-o-sphere today.
Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.
1. From Childhood Memorabilia to Wall Art by It Was Weekend
2. A Vintage Boho Reading Nook: The Ceiling by The Gathered Home
3. Pom Pom Tassel Bag Charm by Ciburbanity
4. DIY Scarf Tray by Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer
5. How to Turn Your Scarf into a Vest by Burlap & Babies
6. Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Lumbar Pillow by The Silly Pearl
7. Inexpensive Framed Scarf Art by Crafty Bonds
8. The Scarf: A Necessary Item in Every Child’s Dress-Up Box by Apron Strings & Other Things
9. Upcycled Scarf Planter by Upcycled Treasures
10. DIY Sparkling Infinity Scarf Refashion by The Crafting Nook
11. PJ Pants to Scarf Upcycle by Southern State of Mind
12. Furoshiki Book Bag by Tried & True
13. DIY Scarf Camera Strap by The Thinking Closet
Well, we’ve reached the grand finale of Scarf Week with today’s theme of Scarf Refashions, and grand it most certainly was! If you’re just tuning in, this was just one of five inspirational themes from this week. And you can check ’em all out by visiting our co-coordinators, Lauren from The Thinking Closet and Vanessa from Tried & True. And you can also explore all of the creative projects we’ve been sharing on social media by checking out our hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015.