Friday, June 29, 2012

I Heart USA Button Pillow - Tutorial

I have a big love affair with buttons.  I have a plastic bin full of them, all shapes, sizes and colors.  Loreli loves playing with them too.  She'll seperate them by colors among other creative ways only a toddler can think of!  Now I've finally found a good use for them for me...button pillows!  What a fun way to decorate your home and play with colorful buttons!

Here's what you'll need:

1 yd muslin
3 fat quarters or fabric remnants of red, white & blue
Buttons - red, white & blue
One 18" pillow form
I Heart USA Pattern (PDF)
Disappearing Ink Pen
Sewing Machine

Start by cutting out the pattern pieces from the I Heart USA Pattern PDF.  Using the pattern pieces, cut the fat quarters in the specified colors.  I wanted a tight-fitting pillowcase, so I cut my muslin piece 18.5" wide by 36" long.  I traced the heart outline onto the muslin, just making sure everything would be centered.

Sew the pieces onto the muslin.  I did not leave any seam allowances, therefore the raw edges will be visible.  I think the frayed edges add a little rustic feeling.

Start sewing those buttons on!  This process actually took me about a week.  I would only do a couple stripes each night.

Fold the muslin in half lengthwise with right sides together.  Sew the sides together and about 1"-2" at the bottom, leaving a wide opening to fit your pillow form in.

Stuff (and I mean STUFF!) your pillow form into the pillowcase.  Slip stitch the opening closed.

Voila!  Your button pillow is complete and isn't it fabulous?!


  1. I love this button pillow!! I wish I was a better sewer! I would totally buy this pillow though :) You should think about opening up an Etsy shop!

    Mrs. Wilson's World

    1. Thanks for all your kind comments! =) Let me know how your yarn wreath turns out if you decide to tackle it!