These pillows have been waiting for months to be made. Months! I've shared before how I make pillows simply. You can't get much easier than this tutorial I shared here last year. So what was the hold up?
Button-holes. Stinking button holes were the hold up.
I hate them. But, my vision for these pillows included pretty, pearly white buttons. I was going to have to get over my fear-distaste for the button-holer gadget of my sewing machine.
(That and get the kids out of the house while I made them. During button hole making I curse like a certain mayor during a "drunken stupor". I get angry and red. Yes, there is spittle.)
Finally, last week, after the buttons and fabric stared at me for 6 months - I sat at my sewing machine determined to get 'er done. I had the user manual in my lap and the darn button holer thing at the ready. (And the kids were out of the house.) I was going to do this, even if I hated every minute of it.
Then, I had a minor epiphany: Do the button holes even matter? Am I ever going to use the buttons as buttons? Will they look pretty if I just make them my old reliable simple way, and just sew the buttons right on?
Yes! Dang it.
So that's what I did, folks.
I used the simple pillow tutorial I shared here before. Then I just sewed the flap shut with the buttons.
Done? Yes. Done beats perfect at every match up. (But I forget all the time, and put my money on perfect.)
I love the fabric for a few reasons. It suits my daughter's decor in a lovely way. Plus, I made these from a pair of thrifted pillow shams! I paid close to nothing for them. I even have some pieces of fabric left - that I plan to piece together into another pillow cover.
And that pillow cover will be imperfect, but most importantly it will be done.
Here's the tutorial I followed - it works every time:
Is there a project hanging over you because you want it to be perfect? Is there a way you can make it "really done" vs "imaginary perfect"?
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