Scarves as Pillows

I've had an ongoing love affair with scarves. Whether I'm at J. Crew or a vintage shop, I always browse the scarf selection and often buy them, regardless of whether or not I'll actually wear them. I get sucked in by the colors, fabric, and/or design and start forming a relationship with the piece of fabric before it's even officially mine. Scarves work in my wardrobe because my fashion philosophy is similar to my general decor philosophy. Essentially, I keep the anchor pieces timeless and neutral and add style and personality through trendy and colorful accessories.

Via Hermès

So, if it works for my wardrobe then why not work scarves into my home decor? I'm particularly transfixed by scarves with bold colors and patterns and I love a statement-making pillow, so naturally, I want to turn every scarf that I fall in love with into a pillow. It seems that I'm not the only one with this problem...a favorite Etsy seller of mine, Sayso Design, offers an awesome selection of Vera Neumann scarves-turned-pillows.

Anyhow, I've decided to start putting my ideas into action. Although it's not technically a scarf, here's a batik (that I inherited from my grandmother) that I've been using to play pillow dress-up...

These scarves by Theodora & Callum would be great if you're looking to get something similar to my batik:

If you've been following this blog for a while, you might know that I've been toying with new color schemes for our guest room. Instead of using Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon on an oversized bolster pillow across the bed, I'm thinking of using a vintage scarf to make a pillow. Maybe the fun polka-dotted one below...

I still have the urge to use the Chiang Mai in the Mocha colorway...and with the blue in the scarf, I could easily make it work. If money was no object, I'd use the CMD on one of the following:

  1. A custom, super tall, nailhead trimmed headboard
  2. The wingback chair in the corner
  3. Floor-to-ceiling custom drapes

 Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon in Mocha

Until I win the lottery, I'll just keep dreaming and the scarf pillow might have to stand alone. I suppose that if I won the lottery, I might just buy three identical square silk scarves from Hermès (like the ones shown in the first pic) and make them into euro pillow shams. The lottery-winning dream world is so much more fun, isn't it?

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Beautiful pillow and scarves! I'm always in one too, adds a lot to an outfit.

  2. That's the same dragon fabric Sarah Richardson used to make a headboard in an episode of Sarah 101 this season!! Would look great as a pillow!! http://www.hgtv.ca/sarah101/episodes.aspx?sectionid=432&categoryid=5261061198326435961&postid=195859

  3. What an excellent idea! I often see scarves that I like but would never wear and now I have a reason to buy them - turn them into cushion covers!

    I also love the pictures of the house all cream with blue accents altho I thin kthat couch is far too big for that room!

    Ive added a link to this article to my web links post for next Friday :)

  4. Your pillows turned out beautifully! What a great piece of fabric!

  5. What a great idea! I would never have thought of it! It makes perfect sense and beautiful to boot!

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  6. I hav tons of vintage scarves that I've picked up here and there at estate sales. Have you ever thought about framing a few?

  7. Random aside question.....I noticed you have the cute lamps on a table behind your sectional. How did you run the cords? I'm trying to figure out what to do with ours in a similar layout!


  8. OH my GOSH! In the processing of oogling over the scarves i fell in LOVE with that wall color!! What is it?? gray? with some bluish? I have to know! thanks! :)

  9. I'm dying to know what that color is on the wall!???? i LOVE it!!

  10. Love this post! Where is your gorgeous sectional from?

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Sorry for the late reply! The sectional is made by Sherrill, it was a custom order.

  11. Oops, this is the room I meant to ask about, I LOVE it! I pinned it long ago and I hope you can tell me some more details about it?
    What is the paint color? Any other sources for the furnishings?