Make your own Kilim Throw Pillow Covers from a Rug

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Want to add a global look to your space? Make your own Kilim Rug Throw Pillow Covers from a rug to get that textured boho look in your home.

DIY Textured Boho Kilim Pillow from throw rug

It’s that time again! Time for another Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge! 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. 

It is such a cute runner but it slides all over the place even with a pad under it. The first day I had it, my dogs walked on it and got red clay paw prints on it. So, 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!

You might remember that post from last year, where I transformed my somewhat formal living room into a fun functional Boho hang out! Well, I’m thinking that room already needs a facelift and these pillows are a great start!

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, an old pillow to use for stuffing and get to work!

DIY Kilim Rug Throw Pillows



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.

DIY no sew Kilim pillow covers

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.

Fur Pillow:

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 all the way 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 side of the fabric like 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 of 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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Easy Boho Kilim Pillow from a rug


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  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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