3 Ways to Make No-Sew Pillow Cases With Spring Scarves

Amanda C, Hometalk Team
by Amanda C, Hometalk Team
4 Materials
30 Minutes

If you want to give your throw pillows a quick and easy update grab an old spring scarf and you are good to go!

This tutorial will show you 3 ways to tie a scarf around a pillow insert to create a new pillow case without sewing a stitch!

Whether you have very wintry pillows and want fresh look for spring, or you just want to make a custom case, this is an easy way to repurpose a scarf for this!

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Supplies for the DIY project


  • 12x18 Pillow Insert (I found these to be the best size, so I bought 3 of them.)
  • Spring Scarves of your choice (Long and Wide Work Best)

You can buy the pillow inserts used in this project on Amazon.

Scarf pillow case 1

Folding the scarf

1. Fold the scarf

Lay your scarf out flat and place the insert in the center. Fold the width of the scarf up over each edge so they overlap in the middle.

Pulling the lengths to the center

2. Pull the lengths to the center

Take each length end of the scarf and pull to the center of the pillow.

Tying the ends in a knot

3. Tie

Tie the ends of the scarf in a knot at the center of the pillow allowing the ends to hang freely.

That's it for the first way!

Scarf pillow case 2

Folding the scarf over the pillow

1. Fold

For the second way to cover a pillow you will first place the pillow in the center of the scarf and fold up the width to overlap in the middle in the same way you did in step 1 for the first pillow cover.

Twisting and pulling the scarf

2. Twist and pull

Pull each ends of the scarf to the middle of the pillow and twist the ends around one another feeding the ends over to the other side of the pillow.

Tying the knot

3. Tie a knot

Turn the pillow over and tie the ends of the scarf in a knot at the center on the back of the pillow.

Turn the pillow back around and spread the twisted ends so they aren't bunched up.

This is a double sided pillow and can be turned either way for a different look!

Scarf pillow case 3

Placing the pillow inset on the scarf

1. Place the pillow insert

It is easier to use a square pillow insert for this last cover. Place the pillow once again in the center of the spread-out scarf.

Folding and overlapping the scarf

2. Fold and overlap

Fold over the width of the scarf from either side to overlap in the center.

Pulling and twisting the lengths

3. Pull and twist the lengths

Pull the length ends of your scarf up to the center of the pillow and twist them around one another. Twist the ends of the scarf tightly all the way to the ends.

Wrapping an tying the ends

4. Wrap and tie

Turn the pillow over and wrap the twisted ends to the back and tie them in a knot.

This pillow can also be turned to either side for a different look!

How to make pillow cases out of scarves

How to make pillow cases out of scarves

Here are each of the pillows completed! Such a great variety!

DIY scarf pillow cases

These pillows are such an easy way to update your couch with something you may already have on hand!

DIY scarf pillow cases front and back

I wanted to show you the backs of case 2 and 3 so that you can see the variety you can get from these wrapping techniques. I am sure there are other ways you could come up with too!

I love the thought of temporarily covering these pillows and then being able to use the scarves again with their original purpose! Such a great option for those without a sewing machine too!

What do you think of this project? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Sue Lilly Sue Lilly on May 15, 2017

    What a fab way of quickly changing your colour scheme

  • Gigi Edmons Gigi Edmons on Jul 03, 2019

    Has anyone done this with other fabrics in place of the scarfs? Also seems like a good idea to update your pillows for holidays instead of doing a longer term change.

  • Debby Debby on Jun 13, 2022

    These are great!! How would you wrap a round pillow?

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  • Nancy K Nancy K on Jul 09, 2020

    Wonderful idea. I have seen this done years ago and it’s nice to see the idea revived today. Thanks for sharing. Please tell me know how to view the video of your steps. Also what size scarves for what size pillows? Does it matter? Thank you.

  • Toni Kilpatrick Toni Kilpatrick on Jan 29, 2021

    And here I was about to give away my never used scarves! Great idea! Many thanks!