Button Throw Pillow Tutorial

button front throw pillow tutorialToday I’m sharing this button throw pillow tutorial! I’ll guide you through making a button-up throw pillow cover that will fit on a 14″ pillow form.
Materials Needed:
1/2 yard home decor fabric
1/2 yard co-ordinating home decor fabric
3 buttons
fusible interfacing scraps (2 pieces approximately 1″x15″)
14″x14″ pillowform
main fabric: one 15″x 9″ piece and one 15″x14″ piece
co-ordinating fabric: one 15″x15″ piece
1. Iron fusible interfacing to wrong side of front panels on middle side edge, where buttons and button-holes will be placed.
2. With each front panel, fold and press interfaced edge toward the wrong side 1.5″. Fold and press another 1.5″.
3. With each front panel, topstitch close to folded edge, which will be almost 1.5″ from the edge of fabric. You will eventually place your buttons and buttonholes along these folded edges.
4. Mark placement for your buttons and buttonholes at 4″, 7.5″, and 11″ from the top of each panel on your folded edges. These marks should be 0.75″ from the edge, which will be in the middle of the edge and the topstitching you completed in step 3 (topstitching not pictured below).
5. Using the buttonhole stitch on your machine (if you’re lucky :)), stitch three buttonholes on the left front panel, centered on the marks you made in step 4. I recommend doing a test buttonhole on scrap fabric to see exactly how long it will be so you know exactly where to start the buttonhole on your fabric to have it centered on your mark. Using a seam ripper, open the buttonholes and ensure that your buttons fit through.
6. Using a needle and thread, sew your 3 buttons onto the right front panel on the marks you made in step 4.
7. Attach the front left and right panels together by fastening the buttons. Baste the two panels and the top and bottom where they overlap.
8. Right sides together, pin front panel to the back panel of co-ordinating fabric. Sew around the entire edge using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
9. Trim the corners as pictured.
10. Unfasten your buttons (can be a bit tricky from the wrong side) and turn the pillow cover right side out.
11. Slide the pillow form into the pillow cover and refasten the buttons. Admire your new throw pillow!

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  1. This is so great! Thank you for posting this. I wanted to make some for my pillows that are 20X20. How would you fudge the dimensions to make it work? Like this?:

    main fabric: one 21″x 9″ piece and one 21″x20″ piece
    co-ordinating fabric: one 21″x21″ piece

    Any help would be great so I can get this started! Thanks so much :)

  2. Amanda: yes those dimensions should work perfectly! Depending on how far to one side you want your buttons, you can even adjust the length of the two pieces, as long as you keep the same total length between the two. Good luck!

  3. Olá,
    Gostei muito de conhecer o seu blog e seus trabalhos.
    O tutorial dessa almofada está nota “10”, muito bem explicado, adorei.

  4. Excellent I don’t have skills to make these pillows but it would be perfect to make my owns because I can create other styles and design in order to avoid the monotony..

  5. When you say, “Wrong sides together, pin front panel to the back panel of co-ordinating fabric.”, you really mean right sides together. Am I correct on that? Thank only makes sense, but I just wanted to make sure that I wasn’t missing something.

  6. I would like to sew this looking pillow. The size of my pillow is 14 x28 what size fabric I should cut the 2 pieces
    Thanks for your help

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