Pillows Projects

Buttoned Up Pillow

Today I’m sharing another recent magazine project.  This is my “Buttoned Up” pillow for the winter 2013 issue of Stitch Craft Create.  It takes full advantage of two hot trends right now…chevron and buttons.  Plus it’s super easy and you can whip it up in a jiffy!

Did you know that you can buy fantastic assorted bulk buttons from the Martha Pullen store?

I had to take a screen shot of all these lovelies!–Aren’t they fabulous!  I have been itching to work with these buttons–so when Shannon, the editor of Stitch Craft Create, asked if I had any projects up my sleeve and offered to send me buttons to use for my Buttoned Up pillow idea I jumped at the chance.

I love the way it turned out!–a super fun and quick project.  I machine quilted my pillow top following the chevron pattern.  This was actually the trickiest part of making the pillow for me–some of the larger buttons were a little bit tricky to navigate around.

And just look at all the cute buttons–I love the little flower ones.  And I stacked some of them to give it a little bit more added interest.

My chevron pillow is currently sitting on this fun little chair.  This was another project I took on during my break.  I picked up two gnarly chairs from my local thrift store, painted them, and refinished the chair cushions.  Love the way they turned out.

I picked up the cushion fabric online here–it’s a home decor weight fabric by Cosmo Cricket for their Odds and Ends fabric for Moda.  It’s also available in aqua and in green.  It is a beautiful text print and was just what I was looking for–I may end up picking it up in another color way (or two).  This fabric is also available in quilting weight fabric–just as cute, but the print is much smaller.

If you’d like a Buttoned Up pillow of your own, this issue of Stitch Craft Create is in stores now.

Happy sewing!

Comments (10)

  • So cute! Great idea! Thanks for the site to get the buttons.

  • Oh that is so darn cute! I’m not
    big fan of chevrons but that is way
    too cute not to make!

  • I adore both finishes, but especially the pillow.All your pillows are ‘stuffed’ so perfectly. Do you have any helpful hints to share? I just finished a pillow and it is certainly not square, more curved in to the centre. Yours are always perfect!

    • Thank you! I think the key is to not “overstuff” your pillow cover. I do like a plump pillow but if it’s too plump it will start to curve. I make my pillow covers exactly the size of my pillow form or up to a 1/2″ or so smaller. You’ll also notice that different pillow form brands will behave differently–some are quite a bit plumper than others. Also make sure that if you are binding your pillow cover that you figure that into the finished size of the pillow cover i.e. if your quilted pillow top is 18 1/2″ once the binding is sewn on it will measure 18″ within the binding if you have used a 1/4″ seam allowance–so perfect for an 18″ pillow form.

  • What a great idea, and it is so cute! I’ve rescued a few thrift store chairs myself but none of mine have such a pretty chevron pillow. 🙂

  • The pillow is so cute, and it’s just perfect on that adorable chair!

  • Do you mind if I PIN this??

  • Very cute…but you will get “button faced” if you ever choose to sleep on it. Lol

  • I love the chevrons! The buttons help brighten it up!

  • Hola buenas tarde soy de Nicaragua me encanta sus trabajos estan preciosos yo soy amante a este trabajo me e guiado con varios ejemplo voy a empezar a realizarlo es primare vez que lo realizare espero a ver aprendido viendo sus lindos trabajos los felicito y gracias saludes a todos

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