How to Update a Pillow with a Scarf

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in fabric, fall, front porch, outdoors, pillows, yard sale | 20 comments

My family leaves for the beach TODAY!!!

We are fortunate to get a long fall break.

We will have 11 glorious nights in Florida.

We have been counting down the days since school started!

I will have my computer with me while I am there.

I still plan on blogging away!

I have been a busy bee getting all of the pictures that I am going to need for my posts.

I smile as I write knowing all of the fun memories that we are going to make.

I have a few ideas about our travel this year.

I will share those with you in a few days.

Today, I am going to show you a little more of my porch.

I have been doing a lot of fall decorating around here.

You ladies keep me inspired!

I am always looking for a fast way to change things up.

I painted this wicker rocker a few months back.

You can see its transformation here.

It needed a fall update.

I did not want to sew new cushions and make new pillows.

Just not worth the effort for just a few weeks!

So, I found an easy way out.

I found this great tablecloth ($3) at a yard sale and I wrapped the cushions in it.

No pins or anything.

Just wrapped it around.

It holds pretty well.

I am sure that I will have to straighten it from time to time, but that is still MUCH easier than covering cushions!

For the pillow, I started with a plain, cheap pillow from Old Time Pottery.

I bought it when they had them on sale and I paid $4 for it.

I found this great wool scarf at a yard sale for $1.

You see where I am going with this. . .

I wrapped the scarf around the pillow and pinned it in place.

(The scarf was 2 layers thick, I pinned between the 2 layers.)

I looks so pretty sitting in the newly covered chair!

This could not have been any easier.

I am going to keep my eyes open for scarves.

I had no idea what I was going to do with this one when I bought it, but I knew I would come up with something. . .

I might never sew a pillow again!

I added a side table and lantern that I already had.

Bought a mum and put it in a yard sale basket ($1).

And, added the watering can – yard sale ($1).

I just made the owl tree this year.

You can read about it here.

I am ready to enjoy some cool afternoons on this porch. . .

Kids playing in the yard,

dog curled up at my feet,

sipping hot cocoa,

enjoying a good book.

I can picture it all now!

Life to the full,


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  1. love the idea of the plaid scarf on the neutral pillow, so fun!

  2. Clever & easy is a perfect project. Thanks for sharing scarf idea

  3. have fun in Florida!!! We are going as well (Orlando) but not leaving until Friday night (Macie is at LBL on 5th grade trip).

    Have fun and be safe!!!

  4. Very cute and simple update, Melissa! I love plaid in the Fall!

  5. What clever easy idea. Thanks.


  6. Very pretty and a perfect use for the scarf.

  7. Very sweet and so simple!
    I would love to invite you to Homa Style’s No Orange Autumn Display Link Party going on now.
    Here’s the link…
    Hope to see your porch there!

  8. What a simple update to a regular ol’ pillow. It turned out nice, and its got me thinking about all those scarves I have……

    Very cute and I love your porch!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Jennier @ Decorated Chaos

  9. YES! a lady after my own heart !…I don’t sew, so to ‘update’ my pillows I also do that during the holidays or sometimes I simply adding a large ribbon and attach it with pins…:) That little space on your porch looks just so cozy and welcoming….:)

  10. Brilliant! I can’t sew to save my life so I’m always looking for fun alternatives that make it look like I did some sewing 🙂 You have found some great stuff for your porch at yard sales! Way to go!

  11. I absolutely love this! I think the scarf would work for Christmas too and I may just have to do that on my own porch. Everything looks just beautiful and we are always so thrilled when you join our Inspiration Friday party! 🙂

  12. What a clever idea!! Good for you for coming up with it! I have a feeling something similar will be appearing on our front porch…:) Happy trip/safe travels! ~Zuni

  13. Great idea, Melissa! The chair, the table and the owl tree are perfect companions.

  14. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing! Your porch is so inviting. Pretty!

  15. Hi Melissa,
    I saw this post over at Mod Vintage and I must say I love your idea of using the scarf on the pillow. Your whole vignette looks just beautiful, I love the cozy feeling that it has.
    Hope you are having a great time at the beach!
    Hugs, Cindy

  16. Great ideas, and loving the fall linens, I’ve found a few myself. What quick way to transform from one season to another without a lot of work. I’ve got to get out on my porch!!!!! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  17. Your porch looks lovely with all the comfy tall touches. Stopping by from Tuesday’s Treasures.

  18. I am loving how quick and easy your chair and pillow updates were–even I could do those! I will now have to keep a lookout for pretty scarves and give this a try!

  19. Such a cozy looking spot – great and SIMPLE idea for the pillow! I have a bunch of flannel pieces this might work great with!

  20. You always do the cutest displays! Such a pretty porch, and your idea is great. Happy fall!
    Cheers, Andrea


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