Pillowcase to Tapestry

Wendy Barrish
by Wendy Barrish
3 Materials
1 Hour

A while back, a friend gifted me with some beautiful throw pillows, including this vibrant green one. I loved it and used it happily, but we updated our linen, and weren't putting it to good use anymore. I was sad to have it stored in the linen closet, and I really wanted to put it's beautiful needlework on display.

Remove the pillow

The first thing I did was remove the pillow. I knew I wanted to hang the cover somehow, so I took the pillow out to assess what I was working with.

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It was easy enough, because it has this zipper in the back. This made the next few steps easy as well.

Pick up a plunger stick

I have a thing for hardware stores, not gonna lie. I love looking around to see what I can take home and turn into something fantastic. Well, I chanced upon these plunger sticks. Yep, for plungers. They were being sold separately from the rubber plunger part, which could be screwed on. I grabbed a bunch of these and have been making all sorts of fun things with them!

This time, I will use it as a hanger for the pillow case.

It's pretty much the perfect size! The edges will peek out a bit, which will serve well as a hanger.

Grab your scissors

Okay, honestly this part was hard for me. I had a hard time bringing the scissors to this beauty, but I figured if I ever change my mind, I can stitch the holes right back up.

This is where the zipper came in handy, I cut from the inside out. This step should be done with a lot of care and caution. It was important to me to make a clean cut, as small as possible to fit the rod in, and to cut in an area that is not too conspicuous.

This is the first cut.

Make sure to cut the holes evenly on each side of the pillow cover.

It fits perfectly!

Tie it up

I then used a neutral colored yarn to tie onto the rod as a way to hang the tapestry. You should measure your yarn according to how long or short you'd like it to hang.


Hang it up!

This is the point where I realized I am running out of wall space! I honestly don't know what I will do going forward because I still have so many wall decor ideas I'd like to work on! Well, we'll figure that out later...

I hope you liked this project idea! Go check out your local thrift shops or discount stores, you may find a pillow cover that will work well as a tapestry. icon

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  • Sheri N Sheri N on Jul 22, 2020

    That’s a beautiful pillow cover! And I love what you did with it. But if you ever want to donate it to someone I’d love it!

  • Thea Thea on Jul 25, 2020

    Gorgeous fabric!