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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Cute as a Button Tree Pillow

It's as simple as black and white-decorative throw pillows from Shelley Detton are easy and fun!  This Cute as a Button Tree Pillow is just the thing if you're looking for easy sewing projects.  Find little buttons with leaves on them for a cute autumn design!

 Cute as a Button Tree Pillow

Materials:

  • 1 square of fabric, cut at 13.5"
  • Fusible interfacing, cut at 13"
  • Fabric covered buttons
  • Pencil
  • Xacto knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • 4 strips of border fabric, cut to 1.5" wide
  • 2 rectangles of fabric, cut to 15" x 11"

Instructions:

  1. Fuse interfacing to backside of fabric, leaving 1/4" border around all edges of fabric without interfacing (to reduce bulk when sewn together).
     
  2. Place the fabric covered buttons where you want them to go, leaving at least 2.5" with no buttons all the way around or you'll have a terrible time trying to sew the pillow together later on. I used 2 different sized buttons and alternated them in rows.

    Cute as a Button Tree Pillow
     
  3. Use a marker or fabric pencil and carefully put a dot beneath each button where the shank touches the fabric.
     
  4. Moving one button at a time, carefully poke through the fabric and interfacing at each marked dot with a tiny Xacto knife or other very small tool. If the hole/slit is too big, you'll struggle later on. Gently push/coax the shank of the button through the fabric and interfacing. If the hole is small, the button will stay in place for now.
     
  5. When all buttons are pushed through, carefully turn fabric over to access all the shanks poking through the backside.
     
  6. Using a hot glue gun, squirt a small but generous blob of hot glue around each shank, making sure that the glue oozes inside the little loop of the shank to hold it in place and keep the fabric from fraying around the hole. Let harden thoroughly.

    Cute as a Button Tree Pillow

    Cute as a Button Tree Pillow
     
  7. Stitch border fabric to sides, press, and trim.

    Cute as a Button Tree Pillow
     
  8. Add 2 more strips to top and bottom of pillow. Press and trim.

    Cute as a Button Tree Pillow
     
  9. Press backing (rectangles) under 1/4" of one of the 15" edges on each rectangle. Press under again to hide the raw edges. Stitch along that "hem".

    Cute as a Button Tree Pillow
     
  10. Place pillow front face up on table. Place the 2 rectangles face down, aligning outer raw edges so that there is about a 3" overlap over the middle of the pillow. Pin in place all around outer edge of pillow.

    Cute as a Button Tree Pillow
     
  11. Stitch 1/4" all the way around, clip corners to reduce bulk. Turn right side out, press edges.

    Cute as a Button Tree Pillow
     
  12. To create flange, "stitch in the ditch" all the way around the pillow where the border meets the main fabric. Insert pillow form and you now have one very cute pillow!
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