Weekend Project: Turn an IKEA Rug Into Cute Fringed Bench Pillows

IKEA Hack: Turn Rugs Into Bench Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

If you want some gorgeous textiles for your outdoor space but have a limited budget, this IKEA hack is for you. We've taken rugs that retail for less than $10 and turned them into fabulously fringed boho pillows with minimal skill and effort. (The hardest part is choosing which IKEA rug to use!)

The finished pillows look great in outdoor living spaces but it doesn't stop there, they can also double as bolster pillows for your bedroom through the winter months, too.

Turn Rugs Into Bench Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 1

Unfold your rug. (For this project, we used an $8 IKEA Taulov rug. The tasseled ends make this a perfect candidate for a boho fringed pillow!)

IKEA Hack: Turn Rugs Into Bench Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

Fold the rug in half lengthways to create a bolster pillow shape.

IKEA Hack: Turn Rugs Into Bench Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 2

Insert pins along the length of the rug to hold it together.

IKEA Hack Rugs Into Bench Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 3

Sew along the length of the pillow with an embroidery needle and thread to close the opening. Remove the pins after you've finished.

IKEA Hack: Rugs Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 4

Pin one of the tasseled ends together before sewing it closed.

Turn Rugs Into Bench Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

One end of the pillow will remain open.

Turn Rugs Into Bench Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 5

Stuff your pillow with some fiber filling or pillow inserts.

IKEA Hack: Bench Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 6

To finish, pin and then sew closed the remaining end.

DIY IKEA Bench Pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

How gorgeous are these?! (And so affordable.)

Ikea hack bench pillows
credit: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!