Loving…button heart pillow

I bought a packet of white and cream buttons from a charity shop, and couldn’t figure out what to do with them.  I eventually decided to sew them onto a pillow cover for our spare bedroom.

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What will you need:

  • a pillow/scatter cushion cover of your choice, or some fabric to sew up into a cover later.
  • a selection of buttons
  • needle and thread (I used embroidery thread)
  • embroidery hoop
  • scissors
  • heart template (mine was printed onto an A4 sheet)
  • pencil or Frixion marker

First off, if you are a sewer or crafter I can really recommend that you buy a Frixion marker (by Pilot).  You can find them at most stationery or craft stores.  The ink disappears when heated, so you can trace any pattern onto fabric or paper, then blast it with a hair-dryer, and it disappears!

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Print out the heart template, cut around the edges and trace onto your cover or fabric.  You can also trace the pattern by taping the paper and cover onto a window or piece of glass.  After that you’re able to sew on the buttons to fill up the space (this is where an embroidery hoop really helps).  Don’t pull too tightly between the buttons, otherwise the fabric will pucker.  When you’re done you can put the cover in the washing machine (gentle cycle) to wash off the pencil outline if neccessary.

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If you like my “LOVE” cross-stitch cover, you can find the original post here.


Loving…cross stitch “LOVE” cushion

I used to enjoy doing cross stitch projects when I was at school, since they were quite quick and easy to do.  However the repertoire of inspiration for projects was somewhat limited.  Since the revival of hand crafts over the last few years, I’ve spotted some “cooler” cross stitch projects.  I fell in love with these “Hug” and “Kiss” tapestry cushion kits from Emily Peacock.

I couldn’t really afford the kits, and I would prefer more subtle colours, so I decided to hunt for a similar pattern.  I was so pleased when I found this free pattern from Felicity Hall.  I chose pale greens, blues and greys to go with our bedroom colour scheme, and I used an evenweave fabric rather than traditional cross-stitch fabric.  When I was done, my mom was kind enough to sew it up into a beautiful cushion.  I’m not a big embroiderer or sewer, but this proved to be a relatively simple project with great results.  I recently read an article that calls these “bossy cushions”, since they instruct us to “live” or “laugh” or “love” – I’ll never think of them the same way again!

Remember to grab the pattern here if you want to make your own!