DIY No-Sew Blanket Scarf Christmas Pillow Tutorial

DIY No Sew Blanket Scarf Christmas Pillow DIY Tutorial

From bold buffalo check to gingham and tartan, plaid is everywhere this season. I love the way that regardless of the color, it immediately screams “cozy-Christmas right here!” in any space. I couldn’t wait to infuse my own pops of plaid, but soon realized that I didn’t actually have any. And, if I were to add one more pillow to “the pillow closet”, my husband may divorce me. Just kidding! (well, kind of haha). While I don’t have any plaid pillows, I do have a lot of plaid blanket scarves. A LOT. I love seeing them used as throws, and while I am not much of a DIY-er, I thought I could come up with a no-sew pillow cover pretty easily. I improvised as I made my way along, pretending like I was wrapping packages. It was so easy and I love how they turned out; below, I will take you through three different types of blanket scarf pillow covers.

I took a blanket scarf and an IKEA pillow that I had on hand and set to work.

Blanket Scarf No Sew Pillow Tutorial 2

  1. Lay out the scarf
  2. Depending on the size of your pillow, fold it in half
  3. Place your pillow in the center and fold up the bottom and fold down the top
  4. Fold the corner in as though you are wrapping a gift
  5. Fold in the other corner to make a point
  6. Fold toward the center of the pillow, pulling snugly
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the other side
  8. You can either pin the back or, secure with a bow as I chose to above

DIY Blanket Scarf Pillow Cover

Bed with Blanket Scarf Pillow

The second look I tried was achieved by taking two small lumbar pillows to create one long pillow. One quick trip to the pillow closet and I was set!

Double Pillow Blanket Scarf DIY

After putting both pillows end to end, I followed the same steps as above.

Blanket Scarf DIY Pillow

The last scarf I used was actually a new blanket scarf/poncho combo that had cute little toggles. This was the most time consuming (as in 10 minutes instead of 5) but still very simple.

Blanket Scarf No Sew Pillow Tutorial

If you didn’t want it fastened with the toggles, you could follow the steps in the previous two instructions. Since I did want the toggles showing, I used this method.

  1. Fold the scarf into a triangle with toggles facing the floor. They should be about halfway down the triangle on the floor side
  2. Position pillow on top as show above
  3. Fold the top flat edge down and the bottom corner up
  4. Fold the point down at about a 45 degree angle so it resembles the wing of a bird
  5. Pull the “wing” across the pillow in a taut manner
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the other side
  7. Once you have pulled the second “wing” across, fold down so it looks like the photo
  8. Clasp both toggles together. You can tuck and blouse your pillow to the aesthetic you like. I pulled the wing down and behind the far right corner

Green and Gray Blanket Scarf Pillow

DIY Blanket Scarf Tutorial

The possibilities are endless, but this is such an easy way to update your pillows without rushing out for more! Also, because winter calls for layers, it’s ok if your pillows don’t look sleek; they should look like they are wearing a little sweater! Which is your favorite style? I would love to hear from you if you follow this tutorial or if you have your own way of updating your pillows!

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  1. 12.10.15
    Kathleen said:

    Beautiful! Love this idea!!

  2. 12.10.15
    Tamara said:

    Ok, I just love this. I have no plaid in my home and maybe one plaid shirt! But this is fabulous and I want it! Thank you for this innovative little tip!! I love that last one so much!!

    • 12.10.15

      Tam, you are so good, I bet you can white that shirt into a pillow cover in no time!

  3. 12.10.15
    Tammy said:

    I just love all these different ways! Thank you so much for this inspiration! Happy Holidays to you and yours Kelley!! ?

    • 12.10.15

      Tammy, thank you! So easy- I’m glad you enjoyed! Wishing you and yours a happy holidays, also!

  4. 12.10.15
    Keila said:

    Oh this is just TOOO good!!!!! Thanks for sharing this Kel!

    • 12.10.15

      K, thank you so much for checking it out! I was trying to dip into my creative side a little haha

  5. 12.10.15
    Bree said:

    Love it Kelley!!! So creative and fun and you have some of the loveliest plaid scarves!:)). Feel free to send one or two of them my way when you are done with them;)

    • 12.11.15

      Bree, thank you! You are so funny- it is too warm to wear them still so on my pillows they will stay!

  6. 12.10.15
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    Why did I throw that pillow out the other day? It would have been perfect for this! I love the idea and will definitely give this a try. I love every one of your designs!

    • 12.11.15

      Oh my goodness, you are right! You still have “off-season” pillows you can wrap up! Thank you so much for being such an incredible support.

  7. 12.16.15

    Very nice. Looks easy enough to do. Got to share this.

    • 12.17.15

      Wonderful! Thank you so much!

    • 12.17.15

      Thank you! It is so easy and quick to switch a look. Thank you for visiting!

  8. 12.17.15
    Shauna said:

    You are my long lost design partner! Well, you and Bree! I’ve always had in mind to do the same thing with my scarves. Yours turned out fabulous! Love your creativity!!
    Vix 😉

    • 12.17.15

      Vix- yes! HAHA I just adore you and Bree both; if you do your scarves, I know they will just turn out PERFECTLY! Thank you for visiting with me xo

  9. 4.12.17
    Diana Metzger said:

    Where are the amazing lamps from! I cannot seem to find them anywhere!