Decorating is a never ending project, and I mean that in a very good way. I am constantly updating my space- putting something special here, changing art there, adding a pop of color anywhere. As you may know, before I moved to San Francisco I put a lot of thought into decorating my bedroom. One of the ideas I was most excited about was sadly not one I could finish before the move: decorative pillows made out of vintage scarves.
I found the solid pillows pictured at the Long Beach Antique Market, plus four more in other bright colors. Once I realized that the whole set felt very Lifesaver-esque, I started thinking of other options for bed accessorizing. Then the lightbulb went off: use one of my favorite vintage things! Quick web search, and turns out Martha Stewart (also in Apartment Therapy), OunoOuno and Eddie Ross were way ahead of me. Here’s my spin on their DIYs for sewing beginners, so you can make some badass pillows of your own.
1. Gather your materials. To make pillows like mine, you’ll need four vintage scarves. I picked mine up at American Vintage, where they sling ’em for $5 a piece, or 5 for $20. Martha’s version calls for two scarves and a thick decorative fabric, like silk shantung, for the back. You will also need pillow forms. I used 18″x18″ forms, but you can use any size you please. Finally, pick up some cotton muslin, which will serve as a reinforcement for the lightweight scarves.
6. Sew the scarf pieces together. Pick the two scarves you want on the front and back, then place them face-to-face, or scarf-to-scarf. Sew three sides completely shut, and one about 1/4 of the way. Then, turn the pieces inside out and put pillow form inside. Fold in the remaining edges at the opening, and sew the opening closed.