Introduction: Cute, Striped Tube Pillow Pinned With Yellow Buttons!

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Hey everyone! Yellow.Orchids back from hiatus with another Instructable! This time, I'm going to show you some easy steps to a cute pillow I made for a Christmas present.

So every year for Christmas, I like to make my presents because it adds a personal touch and my friends and family love it! Sure you can go to one of those fancy, schmancy home decor stores (we won't mention any names) and spend $40 for the same pillow I made for less than $10! Your choice, but I'm just trying to help you guys out! ;-)

Items that you will need:
  • Sewing machine (or a needle and thread, but this might take MUCH longer...)
  • 1 yard of fabric (your choice)
  • 2 bags of 27 oz. pillow stuffing (you will have extra stuffing afterwards, but it never hurts to have more rather than not enough!)
  • Buttons (any kind you prefer)
  • Thread that matches your fabric

Step 1: Steps 1-3: Getting the Pillow Started

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(Sorry I don't have pictures for this section, I hope the instructions suffice!)

For your first step, turn your fabric inside out and line up the edges (HOT DOG-STYLE! You remember hearing that term in elementary school...) so that they are all even. If you are working with scrap fabric (you little green thumb, you!) make sure that they're lined up enough so that the fabric won't look misshapen. After all that is said and done, use some pins so that it holds the fabric together.

Secondly, only sew THREE SIDES (the two longer sides and one of the ends) of your fabric together, cut the thread and turn your fabric outside-in so that your intended pattern is seen.

Lastly, fill in your pillow 3/4 of the way and make sure that it is not a lumpy pillow -- no one wants to dream of drowning in a pool of mashed potatoes (at least I hope not)!

Step 2: Step 4

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Pin the fabric together so that it is holding the stuffing down in the pillow -- you're going to sew over this line two or three times to make sure that nothing comes loose! 

Here's where the tricky part comes in, with one side of the unstuffed fabric, fold it over so that it resembles a triangle. Pin both sides of that down because you want to make sure that nothing falls apart (that would be a crappy present...).
  • You might have to fold over some of the extra fabric so that it is tucked inside of the triangle -- we don't want any fringes! (Look at image 6)

Step 3: Step 5

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Didja get everything sewn so far?! Awesome.

Okay, so you're going to do just about the same thing for the other side of your fabric and make sure that the sides are lined up. Basically, you're going to repeat step 4 but make sure that the end of the pillow comes to a point -- this is when it should really look like a triangle!

Next, the extra "puffiness" on either side of the pillow is going to get tucked inside and sewn down. It should resemble something close to images 3 and 5.

Step 4: Step 6 -- You're Almost Done!

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Look at you! You've accomplished so much and it's almost complete!

Fold your triangle over and place your buttons wherever you want on the pillow. Personally, I sewed them near the end/top of the triangle and I sewed it down to the pillow so that it stays in place.

If you have any unique, personal touches you added to your pillow, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST YOUR IMAGES! I love knowing what others' personal touch looks like.


Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-01-13

Very cute!

Aww, why thank you! :)

jessyratfink (author)2012-01-13

That's great. I love the triangle closure and the buttons!

Thank you so much! It was truly a "spur of the moment" idea. That, and I ran out of stuffing on Christmas Eve! LOL.

vksheilds (author)2012-08-03

Your color selection is awesome I love your design

Yellow.Orchids (author)vksheilds2012-11-25

Thank you so much! I have more Christmas pattern ideas coming up within the next few days and weeks! Please keep your eyes open for them!

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