A New Use for Your Neglected/Rarely Worn Scarves

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I love scarves.  In fact, I have a ridiculously large collection of them, I can’t help but be drawn to the scarf section of any store (or the accessories section in general.)  My collection includes large pashminas to small silk squares and everything in between.  

But what about the scarves that are languishing in the back of your closet or bottom of the bin you store them in?  One idea is to turn these scarves into pillows or frame them. If you aren’t quite ready to relinquish any scarves in your collection, vintage shops and eBay are great resources for scarves that you can buy specifically to make into pillows.

I collect Hermès scarves (both vintage and new), it’s not a huge collection, but I’m working on growing it, I can’t resist!  I'll also try and keep my wardrobe fairly neutral so the scarves are a great colorful accessory.  Sometimes I try and color coordinate my outfit to make the colors pop.  Kelly Bensimon actually used her Hermès scarves to make pillows -- they look so beautiful and it gives you the chance to put your scarves on display instead of keeping them in the signature orange box, but I’m too afraid I’d fall asleep on one and drool all over it!

Image via Marcus Design, Inc.

Image via Marcus Design, Inc.

Image via Marcus Design, Inc.

Both Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy have great DIY posts on how to make a scarf into a pillow (they can be found here, and here, respectively.)  If you don’t have the sewing skills (I most certainly don’t -- I hem my pants with Stitch Witchery!  I highly recommend it, btw,) you can take your scarves to a seamstress or a pillow/bedding workroom and have them do it for you.  Most fabric stores will be able to recommend a workroom to you.

You can opt to frame the scarves as well.  Here are some images of framed Hermès scarves -- this would be a better option for me -- it would eliminate the danger of drool or spills on these works of art.

Ivanka Trump's Home from House + Garden, 2005 via Little Green Notebook

Via French Tangerine

Via French Tangerine

Emilia de Poret via EmiliadePoret.com

Framing a scarf can also be a DIY project -- here is a link to High-Heel Toe in the Door's take on it.  As with sewing, I would be too nervous to do this with an Hermès scarf on my own and would most likely take it to a professional art framer to do it for me.  I might be willing to try it with a less expensive scarf, however.