How to Make a Beautiful Button Pillowcomments (23) March 11th, 2009
I must admit, I've never been one for moderation. You mention an idea to me and I will take it to its most ridiculous over-the-top conclusion. So when I was told that this was button month on CraftStylish, my mind went wild because if a few buttons make things super pretty, imagine the impact of a few hundred! True to my nature, I made this pillow covered top to bottom in beautiful vintage buttons accented with a contrasting colored thread.
Want to make it yourself?
What you'll need:
- Buttons (about 600 for a 12-inch x 12-inch pillow)
- 1/2 yard heavyweight fabric for the front (I used a white, bottom-weight cotton twill)
- 1/2 yard accent fabric for the back (I used a nice summer-weight embroidered cotton)
- Rotary cutter, straightedge, and cutting mat
- Large piece of paper or cardboard
- Pen and pencil
- Hand-quilting thread for sewing on buttons (it's a bit stronger than regular machine-sewing thread)
- Sewing machine
- Thread (same color as your fabric)
- Sew-on snaps
- Pillow form (I found this at Ikea)
First, cut your fabric using a rotary cutter, straightedge, and mat. You'll want to cut the front fabric for the buttons a bit larger than the rest of your fabric because it will pucker up a bit as you sew on your buttons. I cut the front piece 14 inches x 14 inches. The rest of the fabric is cut 13-1/2 inches x 13-1/2 inches. I ended up cutting a total of four pieces of fabric, two for the front and two for the back. Since my decorative fabric for the back of my cover is a bit on the flimsy side, I cut a piece of the heaver-weight twill to back it. I also cut a piece of the decorative fabric to back the button-covered fabric so that the inside of my cover is nice and neat and my stitches are protected.
Once your fabric is cut, move on to your buttons. I went with pearly white accented with some pretty vintage pink, but you could do all red, green, or brass. If you don't have a lot of buttons in one color, you could put together a collection of your favorite multicolored mismatched buttons, which would look beautifully Bohemian.
Before you start stitching, it's a good idea to do a layout of your button pattern. First, make a template.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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