2.05.2011

Epic Proportions

I love silk scarves. Wear one as a turban: you're a diva, Joan Crawford.  Wear one as a scarf, you've gone the other way: it's bon chic bon genre! Use it to tie up your beaux, you're a luxe-ified Marquis de Sade.  Instant glamour!

The problem is, I am certain that these scarves are reproducing in my closet, slowly choking out the rest of my accessories like WEEDS and planning to stage a revolution.

They demand attention, these weedy wonders.  When I see the massive, heaping, slippery pile of them, it  occurs to me a shame that there aren't enough days in the week to wear them all, unless I change turbans at four hour intervals and that requires more commitment to the cause than even I'm willing to make.

Which brings me to my preferred solution: the enormous silk scarf pillow.  I love their drama.  Like Norma Desmond, these pillows (if you can even call them that) are larger than life. The size makes them a visual production of grand proportions.

So, onto the (IN)DECOROUS drama class:




Select a pillow insert size and cut a square of lining one inch larger around than the pillow. I used a 26" pillow, so my square was 27"x 27".  Round the corners (you can use a cup to trace the rounded edges). I used a simple cotton fabric as lining.  (And, if you're looking for something even larger, it's definitely possible to find 36" square inserts...)


Lie the lining on the scarf and center it.  Pin it in place, and trim the edge.

Then, make the back of the pillow by cutting two rectangles from the lining. You want them to overlap.  So, divide the length of the pillow in half and add around 5 or 6 inches of fabric to that number to get the length of each rectangle. For this 26" pillow, that would mean two rectangles, both measuring 27"x 18.5".  The 18.5" thing isn't an exact science though, so don't sweat it.  Place the lining on the fabric you plan to use for the pillow back, pin it and trim it.  Round the corners so they match up with the front.  Fold the middle piece over and hem it.



If you're using edging (you don't need to), pin it onto the pillow front (good side), facing inward towards the center of the pillow.  Then pin the backs onto the pillow, good sides facing in.  So it's a big pillow sandwich.  When the whole thing is pinned, it should look thoroughly inside out.


Sew it.  By hand...by machine... either way works.  Was that clear?

So next time your scarves start acting up, put them in their place.  Few things make me as happy as dramatic proportions.



16 comments:

Style Odyssey said...

i've seen this done and i think it's an excellent idea!
i can sort of picture how this former scarf would have draped about the neck, and it seems to me it's probably better as a pillow- a real statement pillow. :)

Prêt à Porter P said...

You're so good. That pillow turned out fabulous! I love the gaudy gold chains. A vague resolution of mine is to wear my scarves, for some odd reason I want more, although I hardly wear the ones I have.

la reina cotilla said...

I was gonna make the same for a Lanvin tote bag, make a pillow.
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Zellain said...

I love this idea lot! Well done.

The enchanted home said...

Wow this is beautiful......really great looking. Love it. Glad I found you blog, newish to blogging and having such fun! Please visit me, started my own blog about the building of our new home and my passion for decor/design, also doing a great giveaway, a french chair!
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WIll be back here for sure!

Monet said...

AAAAAAAAAaamazing!

TheMinx said...

gorgeous! I love how dramatic it is :)

Jill said...

Funny...the first gift my husband gave me was an Hermes scarf. We just watched Social Network. When Eduardo's girlfriend got so pissed about her gift, the scarf, it made me laugh. I never wore scarves either.

Wida said...

That is so awesome! Thank you for sharing this! I can't wait to try this out!

Wida
Missing Amsie Blog

Lua said...

what an AMAZING DIY!!! i will definitely do it!

Glamour in the Wet Streets said...

Lovely! I'm all over it...

CVNT said...

You are so bloody nifty!
I hope to be just like you one day!

Lali said...

GREAT IDEA!!!

Salha said...

amazing pillow!! :)

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Matthew-James said...

fabulous!

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biscous, matthew

Fashion Fantasist said...

That scarf looks amazing as a pillow! Also is that your home? Your furniture looks amazing - I love your style and taste!!! xxx www.fashionfantasist.blogspot.com

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