- Measure the front of your cushion/pillow.
- Cut Piece 1 the height of the front and 1/3 width of the front + 3″
- Cut Piece 2 the height of the front and 2/3 width of the front + 3″
- Turn over edge 1/2″ and press, then turn over another 2 1/2″ and press.
- Sew 1/8″ away from folded line on back of piece and 1/8″ from edge.
Step 3 – Preparing Buttonhole placement
- Using Piece 1, find the centre point between the edge and stitched line and the 2 ends.
- Place dots either side of this point of equal distance apart. Leave enough room so the buttons do not touch and they are not too close to the edge of the pillow.
- Measure the diameter of your button and add 1/8″ for wriggle room.
- Using this measurement, mark your buttonholes on Piece 1
Step 4 – Sewing a buttonhole
- These days most machines have fancy smancy, fully automatic buttonhole functions. I am lucky enough to have one of these. Even if it is a basic buttonhole function, ensure that the height and width of the finished buttonhole casing is enough for your chosen button to slide through.
- Carefully snip with sharp scissors or a seam ripper the fabric between the casing. Be careful not to cut into the stitches.
- Overlay Piece 1 and 2 and mark the exact position on Piece 2 where the buttons should be attached. Double check your measurements.
- Sew on your buttons to piece 2 and voila your cushion/pillow is ready to be finished.
Note: The backing piece may be over sized. Trim back if required. Remember to overlap and pin Pieces 1 and 2 before you trim back.
Finished size is 11 1/2″. I used a 14″ cushion insert ( only one I had available ) so it would be quite full. The advantage of the buttons, besides looking really cool and classy, is that they can hold the back together. With wear, the filling will shrink a little and the buttons won’t look so stretched.