Turning an old scarf into a pillow cover

From Drab to Fab

By CHT Media Created: February 6, 2013 Last Updated: February 6, 2013
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Use an old scarf to give a stained pillow a new look. (CHT Media)

Use an old scarf to give a stained pillow a new look. (CHT Media)

Dear Marc:
I had friends over for dinner this weekend and their daughter dropped juice on my favourite pillow. It’s a gorgeous feather down accent pillow. I paid a fair amount for it and I don’t want to throw it away. I’ve tried everything and the stain isn’t coming out. Any suggestions?

Dear Anne-Marie:
Don’t you hate when that happens? I am sure the little one didn’t do it on purpose, but sometimes you just want to send them home with a bill. It’s a toll we sometimes pay when we have company over. It’s inevitable that things tear, break, or stain.

The good news is that you may have all the materials you need in your wardrobe closet for this smashing project. I have numerous techniques to “hide the hideous” but my favourite is to use scarves as fabric to recover stained pillows. It’s a great way to purge our closets while adding a splash of our stunning fashion sense to our living rooms.

-- Large scarf
-- Iron-on interfacing fabric
-- An iron
-- Sewing machine or needle and thread
-- Scissors
-- Fabric measuring tape
-- Pencil
-- Long ruler
-- Ironing board

Step 1: Measure the height of your pillow. Make sure to use a scarf big enough to completely cover the pillow plus a couple inches. Lay iron-on interfacing fabric (shiny side up) on an ironing board. Place the scarf (good side up) on top of the interfacing fabric. Iron both fabrics together.

Step 2: Wrap the scarf around the pillow and place one end of the scarf a little past the halfway mark. Then wrap the second scarf end and cut it six inches past the first end. Pin the ends together and remove the scarf from the pillow.

Step 3: Using a fabric pencil and your pillow height measurement, mark the top of the pillow cover where you will need to run the seam. Do the same for the bottom. Sew it in place.

Step 4: Flip the pillow cover and insert your pillow.

Marc Atiyolil is a celebrity designer, the Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Home Trends Magazine, a design expert on CTV, host of the TV series DIY Hotline and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show on To subscribe to Home Trends Magazine visit Catch Marc’s Drab to Fab project on CityLine on Jan. 31!

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