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Kilim Throw Pillow Covers from a Rug

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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.

Kilim Throw Pillow Covers from a Rug

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


pillows and rug


Fold and cut your runner in half.

kilim rug

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.

cut a kilim rug

Fold the rug in half and glue the tassel end and the cut end together evenly.

DIY no sew Kilim pillow covers

Glue one side starting from the glued end going toward the fold.

no sew pillow covers

Add the pillow or filler. Glue the last end starting from the glued end and going towards the fold.

Faux Fur Pillow Instuctions:

faux fur pillow covers

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.

how to cut fur fabric

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!

How to make a No Sew Kilim Throw Pillow from a rug
How to make a no sew Alpaca Fur Throw Pillow

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Kilim Throw Pillow Covers from a Rug


  1. Jackie Wallace says:

    These throw pillows are so cute! They would be the perfect thing to finish up our living room here in Bristol. I am going to have to try and recreate them after we finish up with upholstery cleaning for the couches. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I cannot believe that was a rug! You always come up with the best ideas! I need you to come redecorate my house :)

  3. I have used blankets for pillows but not rugs so I love this idea! Love that faux alpaca fabric so much! They turned out beautiful and no more rugs sliding around on the floors!

  4. These look so nice. The rug is a great idea for a pillow especially with the little bit of fringe. They turned out super cute!

  5. These are really pretty pillows and love the idea of making them from rugs no longer being used or that have been purchased inexpensively. Pinned both to share and refer back to your tutorial.

  6. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    Very pretty, love the graphic pattern! I’m always looking for ways to add fun textures to our home, and this idea would be perfect!

  7. I don’t mind sewing but sometimes you want a quick and easy update. This is so stylish and how easy to glue it together. So cute.

  8. Love these pillow Kim!! Why have I never thought to just bust out my glue gun for pillows? I have some fabric waiting to be made into covers but hate using my machine too.

    1. Thanks, Sara! They turned out better than expected.

  9. I love both those pillows but my favorite is the one made from a rug. Seriously brilliant, and it will hold up for a very long time. I am not a fan of fringe on a rug but I love it as fringe on the pillow.

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