By the time February rolls around, I, Erin, am more ready than ever for the snow to melt and for the warm glow of summer to shine its way back into my life. Here in Minnesota though, it’s probable we’ll have a few feet of snow on the ground until mid-March, so to help keep spirits up, I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to fulfill my craving for Spring, and in this case, it’s with colorful DIY tufted pillows
Aside from a healthy dose of D3 chewable vitamins, I find it’s really helpful to make small tweaks in my living space to visually brighten and freshen things up. Even small changes, like bringing in leafy potted plants, and swapping out winter throw pillows can make a world of difference.
If you too are in need of a little Winter refresher, why not make up a few colorful, button tufted pillows for your sofa? There are no fancy zippers involved, so you don’t need to be a skilled sewer, and I promise it’ll help with the Winter blues–I mean who doesn’t love new pillows?! Okay let’s do this..
.75 yards of fabric for the body of the pillow. Fabric must be a minimum of 42″ wide in order to fit 2 pattern squares side by side. Most fabric is 50″-54″ wide.
2 – 4″x4″ squares of contrasting fabric for the buttons
Thread – same color as your main fabric
Standard hand-sewing needle
Embroidery floss – same color as your main fabric
Larger hand-sewing needle with eye large enough to thread embroidery floss
Sewing machine (or you can hand sew them if you’d like!)
Basic Sewing Supplies: scissors, sewing pins, iron
Cut out two 21″ squares of the main fabric, and use sewing pins to attach the “right” sides of the fabric together. Pin along three of the edges. On the fourth side, pin only once at each end. The area without pins will be the spot where we insert the pillow form.
Sew along the edge of the pillow starting at the last pin before the large opening. Start with a few forward stitches, and then backtrack a few stitches to help stabilize the seam. Then continue sewing the perimeter of the pillow until you reach the other side of the large opening. Make sure to backtrack again to finish the seam. Sew with a half inch seam allowance, removing pins as you go.
Trim the 4 corner points of the pillow at a diagonal, but be sure not to cut the seam. This will help form crisp, non-bulky pillow corners later.
Turn the pillow right side out, and iron the cover to remove wrinkles, and create crisp seams. With a ruler mark the dead center of each pillow front. Then stuff with the pillow form.
Close up the pillow by folding the raw edges inward and pinning the two edges together. Thread a needle with coordinating thread and use a whip stitch to secure the two sides.
For the Covered Buttons: Cut out the half-moon pattern on the back of the button package. Fold your fabric in half, align the straight edge of the pattern with the fold of the fabric. Trace and cut out the pattern.
Place the half-dome button face down on the fabric circle, and fold the fabric inward to catch on the button’s teeth. Snap the back plate onto the button. Repeat both steps with the 2nd button.
Thread up your larger needle with a long piece of embroidery floss. Send the needle through the center of the pillow and out the other side, but leave the floss tail hanging out on the back end of the pillow. Thread one of the buttons onto the floss, and send the needle back through the center of the pillow, just to the side of the first stitch. Pull the flossing very tight to create the “tuft,” and tie them together with a triple knot. Trim tails. Repeat the same process for the button on the opposite side of the pillow. Tuck the tail ends underneath the first button to conceal.
Once the pillows are complete, style them on your sofa or even use them as floor cushions for additional seating. With fresh updates like these, winter blues don’t stand a chance!
Do you have a favorite color combination for Spring? I’m really loving pale pink with a tiny pop of burnt orange!