How to make button cushions

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How to make button cushions
A button cushion gives an elegant touch to a room. (colourful green pillow image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

Round button pillows with gathered edges are a classic look. In dupioni silk or satin, they are elegant for a formal setting. In chintz, they add a sweet "shabby chic" touch. This design is suitable for any lightweight fabric with some body such as satin, dupioni silk, chintz, quilting cotton and lightweight brocades.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Heavyweight iron-on interfacing
  • Matching thread
  • 2 large covered button forms
  • Button covering tools
  • Heavy hand-quilting thread
  • Long needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Pillow stuffing

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Instructions

    Cutting

  1. 1

    Cut two circles of fabric 30 cm to 50 cm (12 to 20 inches) in diameter. Reinforce the centre of both circles with a 2.5 cm (1 inch) square of iron-on interfacing. Iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric in the centre of the circle.

  2. 2

    Cut a strip of fabric 10 cm (4 inches) wide and eight times the diameter of the circle.

  3. 3

    Fold under 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) on one end of the fabric strip. Press.

    Cover buttons

  1. 1

    Cut two circles of fabric according to the template in the button-making kit. These templates are usually found on the back of the package.

    How to make button cushions
    You may use any type of large shank button. (button image by Alex White from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Center a fabric circle right side down over the cup in your button-making tools. Press the top of the button into the cup, keeping the fabric smooth and all edges even.

  3. 3

    Fold all of the edges evenly into the button top.

  4. 4

    Using the button-making tool, press the back of the button into the top of the button. Press firmly all around until all sides are pressed in.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 2 to 4 for the second button.

    Construct pillow

  1. 1

    Machine baste along the seam allowance on each long edge of the fabric strip. Baste again in the seam allowance 6 mm (1/4 inch) from the first line of stitching on each side. Pull up the bobbin threads to gather the fabric on each side to approximately the circumference of the circle. Distribute gathers evenly.

  2. 2

    With right sides together, pin this strip along the edges of one circle keeping edges even. The unfolded edge should overlap the folded edge 1.2 cm (1/2 inch). Stitch with a 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) seam allowance.

  3. 3

    With right sides together, pin this strip along the edges of the other circle keeping edges even. The unfolded edge should overlap the folded edge 1.2 cm (1/2 inch). Stitch with a 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) seam allowance.

  4. 4

    Clip curves. Turn pillow right side out. Stuff. Slip stitch the open edges together.

  5. 5

    With upholstery thread and a long needle, sew both buttons onto the centre of the pillow as follows: Run the thread through the centre of the pillow, through one button, back through the centre of the pillow, through the other button and back through the centre of the pillow. Pull thread firmly and repeat several times until the pillow is tufted and both buttons are secure. Tie off thread.

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