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
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?!