Saturday, March 22, 2008

Moral Question


I have been collection Vera scarves for a few years. I found my first one at a thrift store in Fort Wayne, IN while coming home from college. I have a few favorites that are silk and I would never consider altering in any way. However, I do have a few polyester ones that I still love, but I just keep in an old hat box and never get to enjoy. I have been toying with the idea to make them into pillows for our new couch. I saw something similar in Barney’s New York, and think it would a fun way to add color. But can I destroy the scarves? I don’t think I can attempt this sewing on my own, I am thinking of using a seamstress to make sure I do the scarves justice.

What it could look like with a few of my scarves.

Small view of the sofa's in the Barney's shoe department. Ignore the celebrity.

10 comments:

Alice said...

Making cushion covers is very, very easy! If you can thread a needle then you can probably do it yourself. I'm not sure I can think of an easier DIY job, in fact. Give it a go!

LondonCalling said...

Great color. Great scarves.

design for mankind. said...

You have a LOVELY blog! :)

Axxx said...

There is a jeans ad in one of my old Nylons that has Vera scarves as pillows on this cool, retro couch and they look awesome. They even used one of the long rectangular scarves. I'll try and find it. Also, who is the celeb????

My Notting Hill said...

Sounds like a great idea. Also - congrats on finding that stash of magazines. I've kept all my House & Home copies since 2001 - my family just can't understand why...

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Brilliant idea! Get to it!

Pigtown-Design said...

GO for it!!! Especially the polyester ones. You won't feel as guilty!

susie said...

I, too, have a large Vera scarf stash. I always have feeling of hestitation about destroying vintage things....but I recently made several scarves into pillows and I am very happy I did! Now I enjoy them everyday and since the whole scarf is used as the front, I don't feel as if I butchered the item. I definitely suggest using a down/feather insert for these pillows, instead of a fiberfilled form. Go ahead and just do it!

That Girl Designs said...

Hi - I have three scarf pillows that I had my Mom make for me (she sews so much better than I do). It is one of the best uses for vintage scarves that I've found. I'm happy to send you pictures if you like. I say pick a couple that you love and go for it. The patterns and colors can really spice up a room.

JoLynn said...

I think you should definitely go for it. Think of it this way, aren't they better enjoyed out in the open than in a box? One way you could used them without making a permanent commitment would be to pair two together. Place one on each side of the pillow and tie a knot at the corners. Do a small basting stitch to attach it.