25 Oct

Vintage silk scarf cushions

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photographs by Emma Sekhon

nostalgic… vintage… kitsch …

you will need:

a vintage scarf

backing fabric the same dimensions as the scarf

trim (the length of the circumference of your scarf + 2 cm)

sewing needle, threads and pins

sewing machine

sharp scissors


Iron the headscarf with a cool iron. Cut the backing fabric to the same size as the scarf. Turn a 1cm hem all the way around the scarf and tack.

silk scarf cuahions a

step 1


Tack your chosen trim to all four sides of the back of the scarf.

silk scarf cushions b

step 2


Decide which is the bottom of your cushion (this may depend on the fabric design) and machine carefully, joining the trim to the scarf close to the edge, within 4cm of either end of the corners. These two hems (front and back) create the opening of your cushion.
Tack a hem on all edges of the backing fabric by 1cm and machine along one edge in the same way.

silk scarf cushions c

step 3


Now place the scarf with trim on top of the backing fabric, right sides facing outwards.

silk scarf cushions d

step 4


Tack through all layers (front, trim and backing) making sure the corners meet neatly and adjusting as necessary. Using sewing thread which either matches or blends with the edge of the scarf, machine from the front, close to the edge, starting and slightly overlapping the cushion opening hem you have already stitched.

silk scarf cushions e

step 5


Reverse stitch at the beginning and end of this stitching to reinforce the opening when you put the cushion pad in. Put in the pad and close the opening with slipstitch.

silk scarf cushions f

step 6

if your scarf is thin
(as the orange one pictured here is)
it is a good idea to back it:

Cut a square of fabric exactly the same size as your scarf and tack them together before starting to make your cushion.

silk scarf cushions 2