Shabby Chic Pillow – Button Closure

SQUARE PILLOW171This sweet little pillow is 14″ x 14″ with a 1 3/4″ ruffle.  The corners are slightly rounded, and the back is closed with two 1″ buttons.

The steps to making this pillow are the same as for the Envelope Closure Pillow except for how we make the back piece.

 

Materials for this pillow:

1  14″x14″ pillow form

1/2yd main fabric  and 1/2 yd contrasting fabric for the ruffle, 42″-44″ wide fabric.

2  1″ buttons

thread, sewing machine, scissors, rotary cutter and mat (optional), ruler, pins or clips

Cutting the fabric;

cut 1 14″x14″ square for front

cut 1 14″x17″ pieces for back (button holes)

cut 1 14″ x 18 1/2″ piece for back (buttons)

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Buttonholes are placed perpendicular to the fold of the fabric.

Making the BUTTON CLOSURE.At one end of each of  the  back pieces, fold over 1 1/2″, press, then fold 1 1/2″ again, press.  We will make buttonholes on the shorter piece.  On the fold, place a pin at 7″, then evenly space on each side of the pin the location for your two buttonholes. Using a disappearing fabric marker, mark the spot where each button hole will begin, centering each in the center of the fold.  The buttonholes will run perpendicular to the fold of the fabric, as seen in the photo.

 

 

At your sewing machine, attach your buttonhole foot and set it up according to your machines instructions.  Most are similar, the buttonhole attachment is a long, sliding foot, with an opening at its back to hold the button.  In older machines buttonholes were made using an attachment with used “cams” to control the fabric moving it side to side and forward and back under the needle.  This type of attachment is for non-zig-zag machines.  I am using a Viking H-Class electronic machine, this is the attachment.  Yours may be similar.  They all work similarly.  What is important is getting the placement of the buttonhole and its size, correct.  The dot you made to mark the buttonhole will be used to set the placement.

buttonhole_2The dot will mark the “bottom” of the buttonhole, place the fabric under the presser foot and line up the dot with the needle and the line guide on the presser guide.  buttonhole_3

 

 

 

 

 

buttonhole_5Be certain to lower the the “B”uttonhole guide behind the needle area, and also set the button securely in its holder.  These two things will guide the machine to make the buttonholes the correct size to fit the button.  Keep the fabric lined up perpendicular to the presser foot to ensure the buttonhole is straight.  Lower the presser foot, set your machine needle stitch setting to “buttonhole”, sew your buttonhole.  I would suggest making one or two test buttonholes on scrap fabric before doing it “for real”.  I always do a test run to confirm all the settings are right for the buttonhole I want to make.     Most sewing machines are similar, please check your owner’s manual and if you have questions you can contact me by registering and leaving a message.  I will reply by email.

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OVERLAP AND SECURE ENDS

 

Lay the two back pieces over each other, overlapping the folded ends with the buttonholes on top.  The bottom piece should line up with the inner fold of the top piece, and form a 14″ x 14″ square.  Pin at the outer edges and baste the overlapped ends a scant 1/4″ from the edge, to secure them.

 

 

Lay out the back piece, smooth, using the fabric marker, make a dot through the center of each button hole to mark the placement for the buttons.   Sew on the buttons.

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Complete the pillow following the steps outlined for the ENVELOPE CLOSURE PILLOW, REMEMBER TO SEW EACH CORNER AT A SLIGHTLY ROUNDED CURVE INSTEAD OF THE DIAGONAL STITCHES.

You need not limit your pillow to this size and design.  Use your imagination, and whatever you have available in your stash to create pillows that are uniquely your own.  A bit of lace, or piece of ribbon, an antique button or two, perhaps using an antique embroidered dresser scarf for the pillow.  And don’t forget to send in photos of your creations, I would love to see them!

Kathleen

 

 

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