How to Make a Scarf from a Flannel Pillow Case

Posted by Stephanie Chan
Transform a pillowcase into a scarf with this easy sewing DIY.

Nothing's cozier than flannel and nothing's more "in" right now than plaid! Pick up a flannel pillow case and transform it into a cute neck warmer scarf to keep you warm all winter long. Little lace buttons add a feminine touch.

Here's What You'll Need

Standard-size flannel pillow case

Iron and ironing board

Fabric scissors

Sewing machine

Button hole presser foot


Sewing needle


Washable fabric pen


Seam ripper

Anti-fraying glue

Covered button kit

Lace fabric or wide lace trim

Thin white fabric, such as muslin

Let's Get Crafty!

Wash and press your pillowcase, then cut the pillowcase down each side seam and down the fold at the end. You'll use one "side" of the pillowcase for one scarf. Fold the fabric lengthwise in half. Then, sew around all three open sides (see pic below), but leave an opening along one short side. So stop sewing, leave a hole, and continue sewing on the other side of the hole. Don't forget to back-stitch!

Turn it right side out, poking out the corners and pressing the seams flat, including the seam at the opening.

Hand-stitch the opening closed just as you would a stuffed pillow.

Now we'll work on the button holes. Find the midpoint along one short side of the scarf. My scarf was 9 inches wide, so I placed two button holes around the midpoint at 3 inches from either side. I used a washable fabric pen and drew a 1.25-inch line (to fit my 3/4-inch buttons) at both 3-inch points. The lines should be parallel to the long sides of the scarf.

Insert the button hole foot into your sewing machine. usually, one comes with your sewing machine, and your manual should have directions. All machines are different! Practice making your button holes on some scrap fabric first if you need to. Then, sew your button holes on the scarf where you made your marks.

Use your seam ripper to open the button holes. I like to place a pin at the end of the button hole, so I don't accidentally rip through my button hole stitching. Apply a thin layer of anti-fraying glue to the button hole.

My favorite part is next - time to make the covered buttons! Cut a piece of lace and layer it on top of a piece of thin fabric. Your fabric/lace should be big enough for the covered button. There is usually a template on the back of the covered button kit package.

Flip the fabric/lace over so the lace is on the bottom. Place it over the rubber cup thingy in your covered button kit, centering it over the opening. Then, insert the dome part of the covered button into the rubber cup, pushing the fabric/lace into the cup.

Trim off the fabric so you have about 1/4 inch left all around. Use your fingers to smush the fabric onto the back of the dome. Insert the back piece of the button over the back of the dome and the fabric you just smushed in. Use the blue plastic thingy to press the back piece into the dome. I used a block of wood to really press it in. When you feel a "pop", the back piece should be secure. Make two buttons.

Wrap the scarf into a circle so the end with the button holes is layered over the other end. Line up the short end with the button holes with the long side of the other end. Mark the button placement through the button holes with your pen

To understand the button hole/button placement a little bit better, here's what it should look like at the end, with the buttons along the long edge and the button holes along the opposite short end.

All done! So warm and soft, like you're walking around with your pillow all day, without looking like a weirdo!

Make a whole bunch and experiment with the placement of your buttons to get different looks. Covered buttons also let you customize with different colors and textures!