Learn how to repurpose a rug into beautiful, bohemian-style DIY Kilim throw pillow covers! Turn an old rug into chic cushions with our easy no-sew tutorial. For more fun makeovers see my Home Decor page.
It’s that time again! Time for another Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge with my blogging friends! This month I am turning a Nate Burkass flatweave kilim floor runner I got on clearance at Target into some large throw pillows for my Boho Living Room.
The rug has been sitting in my project stash waiting for a makeover. That’s when I saw pillows being made out of kilim rug cloth and I knew the runner would make great pillows!
Transforming a beautiful kilim rug into stunning throw pillow covers is a DIY project that will add unique character to a room. By repurposing a clearance kilim rug, you can create one-of-a-kind pillow covers with intricate patterns and vibrant colors that will bring out the boho to any room.
This DIY involves carefully cutting the rug to the desired pillow size, then we’re going to skip the sewing part and glue the edges together for a super easy DIY. The result is an eye-catching accessory that brings warmth and texture to your living space while showcasing your creativity.
Kilim rugs are steeped in cultural history, often handwoven with symbols and motifs that hold significant meaning. By upcycling them into throw pillow covers, you’re not only giving new life to a beautiful piece but also celebrating its artistry in a contemporary way.
The mix of textures from the wool or cotton fibers of the kilim rug adds depth and visual interest to your home decor, making each cover a conversation starter brimming with heritage and boho style.
While I was making these fun no-sew pillows, I pulled out some faux Alpaca fur fabric I had in my stash and made a couple of fur pillows to go along with the new Kilim throw pillows.
This is such a simple project. Just grab your glue gun, a rug runner, and an old pillow to use for stuffing, and get to work!
DIY Kilim Throw Pillow Covers
- Flatweave kilim rug floor runner (10″ x 7′) or Faux Curly Alpaca Fur
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue for fabric
- Fabric scissors
- 18-inch Pillow inserts or old throw pillows for stuffing
Fold and cut your runner in half.
Trim off excess strings on the edge of the rug. To keep the ends from falling apart while you work, fold the cut end over one inch and glue it down to the underside of the rug.
Fold the rug in half and glue the tassel end and the cut end together evenly.
Glue one side starting from the glued end going toward the fold.
Add the pillow or filler. Glue the last end starting from the glued end and going towards the fold.
Faux Fur Pillow Instuctions:
To make a faux fur pillow measure your fabric by turning it over to the wrong side or underside.
Measure with a ruler and mark the fabric to cut.
Gently press down and cut the fabric using a razor blade.
Do not press the razor through the fabric. You do not want to cut through the fur on the “right side” of the fabric, only the base fabric.
Glue the ends and the side of the fabric shown in the above kilim pillow. Fluff the fur with a vented brush and display and that’s it!
These pillows are so simple to make. For a girl who hates breaking out her sewing machine for any reason, gluing the fabric is right my alley!