Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Buttoned Monogram Pillow

If you remember from a couple of weeks ago, I shared with you here many different crafts I was hoping to dip my feet into this summer.  One of them (the most time consuming project) was one that I finally tackled this past weekend.
Introducing the monogrammed button pillow!

It was easy to make, just very time consuming...
Here's what you need to make your own:
1. A pillow form (I went with the 12x16 form)
2. Fabric (for my size pillow I went 3/4 a yard)
3. Buttons (I got mine off etsy)
4. A print out of the letter you're going to be monograming 
5. A washable fabric marker
6. Thread and a needle (I used an embroidery needle)

Now the how to...
1. After cutting your fabric (I do the envelop pillow sham so I cut 3 pieces of fabric), take the front piece of fabric and using your print out and your marker, trace your letter onto the fabric.  It should look like this when you're done:
2. After you've traced your letter, take your threaded needle and begin arranging and sewing your buttons onto your fabric:



3. After you finished sewing on all your buttons, take a q-tip and some water and rub it onto the fabric to wash off the marker you used to form your letter.  It should easily come off with a little scrubbing.

4. If you're making an envelope pillow sham cover like I did, you should have cut your fabric into 3 pieces.  I cut mine into the following sizes: 13x17 <--front, 13x13 and 13x9 <--- the 2 back pieces that make the envelope sham.  I then hemmed the 13" sides of the 2 back pieces to finish them off.  

5. I took all of my 3 pieces and pinned them together right sides facing each other:

6. After pinning them together I sewed a 1/2 inch seam attaching all three pieces together:

7. After you've finished sewing the pieces together, turn it right-side out and admire your work:




Can you do this?  YES!  This was NOT hard and I have complete confidence in you! :) If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!  I can't wait to see your very own monogrammed pillow!



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71 comments:

  1. Kari - that looks awesome! I might have to come steal it...;)

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  2. That turned our awesome!! Really like how all the different brown buttons look together! Hey, have you been to Michael's yet?! Opened last week and I've already made some unnecessary purchases :)

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  3. i'm not quite sure if it's the married life or if it's chicago - but it suits you well! you're cranking out craft projects like it's your job...and i'm liking what i see!

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  4. Ew. I do NOT like that q-tip sitting there next to that glass of water. Sick.

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  5. SUPER DARLING, decorative AND CREATIVE PILLOW! love it! thanks for linking up too. Jenn

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  6. This is so great! I love decorating with buttons. I am definitely going to have to try this out. Thanks!!

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  7. This project has been on my sumer to-do list too! I love yours! I cant wait to start mine now! Beautiful! Found you on Sunday Showcase at Under The Table and Dreaming

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  8. It turned out great! What a nice effect. I'd love it if you'd stop by my Topsy Turvy Tuesday Link party and add this pillow~

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  9. I love that idea. I have a stash of white buttons and think I will do a monogram and frame it.

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  10. wow!! great job! come on over and link up to MMM :)

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  11. Love this! Love the colors you chose!

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  12. LOVE this! What a fun idea! Dropping by from Making the World Cuter!!

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  13. Very cute! I made a heart pillow and sewed buttons on in a heart shape too....the hand sewing on the buttons took the longest!

    Jody

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  14. Super cute!!! Love the buttons!

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  15. Such a cute idea! You did a wonderful job!
    Have a great day,
    Lynea

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  16. I adore this pillow. I'm your newest follower.

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  17. Love this! I might have to do a couple for our bed when I do our bedroom makeover.

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  18. I've been looking for some cute and unique ideas for the pillows on my daughters bed. This one is perfect! Love it!!

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  19. Another great monogramming idea! Really fabulous! Love the texture the buttons add. Great job!

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  20. Very Pretty! I plan on doing the same thing! I have all of the supplies...now if I could just find the time to sew on ALL of those buttons! LOL! : )

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  21. what a GREAT idea! i've been looking for an idea for something to make for a wedding gift - think i've found it!
    thanks :)

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  22. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  23. Love it! Love it!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Leticia

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  24. Kari,

    I LOVE monogrammed anything and REALLY love this cute little pillow you linked up to Creative Therapy! Thanks for sharing -I'll have to add this to my "create" pile!

    Have a great one!
    ~Briana

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  25. Hi, visiting from Hoo's Got Talent...this is a wonderful project & looks easy enough - even for me, who has NO sewing abilities. :) Saving it to my future projects bookmarks!

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  26. What a cute idea! I love this! Thanks for sharing it with us! I have some pillows that could use a little sprucing up and now I know what to do with them.

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  27. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/button-monogram-pillow/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  28. hello!
    I love your button designed cushion..
    It's so good to make things :o)
    I'd love to link up with you.
    I am a fashion & Decor designer.

    www.maisonmarrakech2010.blogspot.com

    Hope you visit me :o)

    Best wishes,
    Reina

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  29. Another wonderful way to use button jewels!

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  30. LOVE it! Thanks for linking up!

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  31. I just love this pillow. I like the graphic "C" and the texture of the buttons. Thanks for linking up.

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  32. Your button pillow has been featured at CraftOManiac.blogspot.com Thnx jen

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  33. That's gorgeous! Thanks for joining the party. You're entered in the giveaway.

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  34. Kari, I loved your job whith button and I posted it in my blog.
    Thanks!

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  35. The post in my blog is dated for 23/08.

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  36. Dropping by again to let you know that I featured this.

    http://thespeckleddog.blogspot.com/2010/08/weekly-faves.html

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  37. WOW! And the buttons are in like the perfect placement too! Great job!!

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  38. Wonderful! Totally worth the time.

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  39. I just love it! Thanks for joining us at "AP Tuesdays!" @ New Nostalgia! Hope to see you again tomorrow!

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  40. What a wonderful way to use old buttons! I LOVE it!! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be storing this idea for later. YOu did a fabulous job!

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  41. Great Idea! I just made some accent pillows but I need a one more.

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  42. What a simple and elegant idea. Great job you clever woman!

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  43. I love that darling pillow! I think I will copy! Thanks for sharing. Karie at karieschiccreations.blogspot.com
    (I too am a Karie)

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  44. What a great "take and go" project ~ thanks for the idea! And a great way to use up all my fun kiddie buttons and ones that are too big for clothing!

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  45. It's wonderful! Thanks for the tutorial too. I may give this a try soon. Stopping by from Sew&Tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

    Larri at Seams Inspired

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  46. You are so creative. I would have cheated and hot glued all the buttons on! LOL Thanks for sharing it with me and how to do it.

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  47. Love the pillow--what a fun project!

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  48. I love buttons! I have a whole box of vintage buttons that I'm going to have to try this with!
    I'm visiting from Finger Prints on the Fridge and your newest follower!

    Visit me at
    http://illgetyoumypretties.blogspot.com/

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  49. That pilow looks so pretty on your bed.

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  50. Great job on the pillow!

    I wanted to let you know about Atticmag's new linky party - Giveaway Friday! It's a convenient place for bloggers to link their giveaways each week. We've kicked it off with a fantastic giveaway of our own. Five lucky winners will win material to do a backsplash in their homes. Hope to see you there!

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  51. Very cute! I love it and am bookmarking this page for future reference! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  52. Super cute! I just love this...I'm still chuckling!

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  53. I am re-doing my 9 yr old daughter's bedroom and I think a pillow with a monogram of buttons to match her decor is just the thing I need for a finishing touch! Thanks so much1

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  54. i love this, what a fantastic idea!!!

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  55. What a great idea! Your pillow is beautiful! Now this is on my to do list! ~Sheilla

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  56. Oh now this is too cute! I wish I could get my summer projects done, it seems like the list just keeps getting longer and longer. Beautiful pillow.

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  57. We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.

    www.remodelaholic.com

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  58. What a great project! I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did!

    I feel like a button pillow would be the perfect thing to make while you're watching tv in the winter?

    Tara
    www.tarabeingtara.blogspot.com

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  59. Stopping by from Remodelaholic and I love this pillow, I've starred it for a future project. It looks like the perfect monogrammed pillow!

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  60. Im so jealous....its wonderful! I just launched some of my items in my Etsy shoppe. I only listed 1 of the pillows from my collection. I just ordered over 300 buttons to do some accents on some of my designs. I guess I wasnt as fabulous as I thought. lol Well you certainly are and I love your design.

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  61. This pillow if definitly a need-to-have-my-own one! I like how the buttons fill and form the shape. i think i will have to make a tentacle out of buttons ^^

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  62. I LOVED your button-ed pillow and featured it here. So clever!

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  63. I LOVE this pillow, Monograms are soo in right now. I may have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing!

    http://sustainablychicdesigns.blogspot.com/

    BTW...I am your newest follower!

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  64. great pillow and fantastic tutorial. Blogged about it on BUTTON WEDNESDAY: http://kraplap.blogspot.com/2011/03/button-wednesday-pillows-iii.html

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  65. i love this pillow! i'm planning on making these for family members for christmas this year. however, i was wondering, about how many buttons do you think you used? i'm just wondering how many i need to buy.

    thank you!

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