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August 2, 2011

A Tufted Tute Part II – How To Put the Tuft in Your Tufted Pillow!

By Andrea

This week, I am bringing you  Part II of my tufted pillow tutorial. If you missed Part I, making a pillow with shirred sides, you can check it out here.

Now – on to the buttons!


You will need two circles or fabric that are twice the diameter of the button that you’re using. Some kits will come with a template on the back, some won’t. If yours doesn’t have a template, do the double diameter.


Your kit should have a base to put the button in, a pusher, the front of the button and the back of the button.


Make a sandwich of the base, button front and pusher. Squish these all together, and remove the pusher. Fold the edges of your fabric in, and put the back of the button on top. Use the pusher again, until the back is firmly pushed in and stays.


Et voila! You have your very own matching covered button!


Repeat, so that you have two buttons.


You should already have your pillow ready to go, especially if you followed Part I of my tutorial!


An extra long needle will make your life much easier for the tufting process! I am using the carpet needle from this pack – it’s basically just an extra long needle, so it’s perfect for this.


Start on one side, through your previously marked centre. make sure your needle comes out on the other side at the other marked centre. bring your needle back up to the first side, and tie the ends of the thread together, and pull, to draw the two sides in. Knot the thread, but don’t cut it. You’re going to use this same needle and thread to sew on your buttons.


Sew on the first button, go through on the center marks, and sew on the second button. Come back up to the top side, and tie tightly.


You’re done!


A special thank you to my photographer for the first part of the project, Kat, who says that the lovely new tufted pillow is soft and comfy!

I hope this is clear for you, Readers! I hope you are ready to go out and tackle your own tufted pillows, but if you have any questions, let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer. Also – if you have any requests of other mid-century sewing and crafting projects, I’d love to hear them.

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6 Responses to A Tufted Tute Part II – How To Put the Tuft in Your Tufted Pillow!

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    August 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Andrea, this pillow turned out so cute! Almost as cute as Kat. 🙂 Hmm…now that I know this is so easy, I might have to fill up my whole house with these pillows…

  2. Andrea Reply

    August 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks, Ruth! 🙂 They really are easy, writing this tute has made me want to go back and tuft a few existing pillows I have, as well!

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    August 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    This pillow turned out SO cute and that button really finishes it off nicely! I will definitely have to try making one of these someday. Thanks Andrea!!!

  4. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    August 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Super cute! You DO make it look easy, I have to admit. And “tufted tute” makes me giggle a little.

  5. Andrea Reply

    August 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Sara & Eartha – thanks! It really is easy, I swear 🙂

    • Denise Reply

      August 28, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      how did you finish the pillow after you stuffed it? I am at the point were I need to close it. Thanks for your instructions I am not very good at sewing but you made it easy for me.

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