Ginormous Button Pillow




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Couldn't help but try to make my own version of a Big Button Pillow I saw online. I changed it up by using a red fabric marker on my natural twill fabric. If you sew, this is as easy as it gets.

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Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Sewing machine
3/4 yard of twill
red fabric marker
various circle shapes for patterns
measuring tape
embroidery floss
long needle
curved needle
heavy thread

Step 2: Use Circle Shapes to Make Round Pillow Pieces Look Like a Button

Use any round patterns you can find to trace circles on pillow fabric.

Step 3: Trace Inner Circle on Pillow Fabric

Trace around a circular pattern to make the inner circle.

Step 4: The Thread Holes

Trace around a smaller circle pattern to make four 'thread holes'.

Step 5: Pin on the Gusset

Pin the boxing or gusset piece all around the pillow top and stitch it at a 1/2" seam allowance.

Step 6: Snip Around the Circle

Using sharp scissors, snip the seam allowance to allow the fabric to form a sharp circular shape.

Step 7: Sew on Pillow Bottom

Pin, stitch and snip the bottom side of the pillow just as in step 6. Leave a 7" opening for stuffing in the pillow form.

Step 8: Make a Pillow Form

Make a pillow form 1" larger than the outside fabric using muslin or scrap fabric. Stuff it and stitch it closed before inserting it into the button pillow cover.

Step 9: Stuff It

Insert the pillow form in the button cover and pin the opening closed.

Step 10: Close It Up

Stitch the opening closed using heavy thread and a curved needle.

Step 11: Tuft It

Using embroidery floss and a straight needle, make knotted tufts in the center of the 'thread holes' on the button front and back. This gives the button the tufted look and the look of dimension.

Step 12: A Button on the Floor

Use your button pillow as a cozy floor cushion too.

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    12 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 12

    I love this so so much. I just need to get some fabric to do it with now!


    I love this, I'm going to try and make one. I don't have a curved needle or a long one for the centre stitches... hopefully it will still work!

    Yeah, I knew I could do a version of it. I recently read the AT post about your table/nightstand rehab--loved it. Your site is great. Thanks for commenting. :)

    My goal as a teacher is to show HOW to execute an idea, not necessarily how to execute the ideas I would personally have all around my house. Thanks for your compliment.

    Possibly, you're correct. However, I was showing how to make a knock-off the the pillow done by a huge apparel retailer in Europe that is breaking into the Home Products line. I do have an idea very similar to your suggestion for something else. I don't want to overdo the button thing though. thanks for your comment, you're a sewer?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I have to agree with sensoryhouse; how about cutting the center off each of the four center holes, and sewing the pillow in such a way that it would most resemble a button by having four actual holes in the center? Of course, stitching each center hole's rim individually so the stuffing wouldn't come out. I love the concept, but fabric marker does not show the full potential of the idea.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Fabric Markers! Genius!! I want to make this with some sort of big rope between the button holes to look like thread!

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    This is really cute, and well written. You could probably use a fancy stitch to do the red lines instead of a marker if you wanted a different look. Great job!

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