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.
- Lay out the scarf
- Depending on the size of your pillow, fold it in half
- Place your pillow in the center and fold up the bottom and fold down the top
- Fold the corner in as though you are wrapping a gift
- Fold in the other corner to make a point
- Fold toward the center of the pillow, pulling snugly
- Repeat steps 4-6 on the other side
- You can either pin the back or, secure with a bow as I chose to above
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!
After putting both pillows end to end, I followed the same steps as above.
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.
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.
- Fold the scarf into a triangle with toggles facing the floor. They should be about halfway down the triangle on the floor side
- Position pillow on top as show above
- Fold the top flat edge down and the bottom corner up
- Fold the point down at about a 45 degree angle so it resembles the wing of a bird
- Pull the “wing” across the pillow in a taut manner
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the other side
- Once you have pulled the second “wing” across, fold down so it looks like the photo
- 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
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!