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Chrysanthemum Pillow Covers




  • Throw pillow with removable cover
  • Disappearing-ink embroidery pen
  • Fake flowers
  • Buttons
  • Needle
  • Thread


  1. Step 1

    With embroidery pen, mark where you want to position the fabric blooms.

  2. Step 2

    Pull flower head off stem; pull the flower apart, and discard plastic center and any separators.

  3. Step 3

     Align the center of a flower with one of the pen marks, and place a button over the flower's center; secure the button and bloom to the fabric, stitching through all the layers.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2004



Reviews (27)

  • devikatinsarran 20 Oct, 2010

    love this idea. thank u Martha

  • aalarson 4 Aug, 2008

    Selkie, I know the pillows you are talking about (grandmother's folded fabric version)... just read your comment then the next day saw an Amy Butler Pattern for them at Powells bookstore (Portland). May want to check

  • hugmehugs 31 Jul, 2008

    Sorry, I was having a bad day myself!
    But I do have very talented grand-children : )

  • TriciaJay 31 Jul, 2008

    Really cute idea. I never thought of putting a button in the middle of them.

  • MrsGoChay 30 Jul, 2008

    Good grief ladies! I think some of the other commenters wanted to point out that having some decent photos would be nice on ALL the craft projects, not just this one. No need for snippy comments referencing the abilities of one's grandchildren! Sheesh! Can't we all just get along? or just take a deep breath and move on??

  • mop918 30 Jul, 2008

    I'm sure the projects here were intended even for beginners considering how varied they are. One can be a pro at sewing but a beginner at other kinds of crafts. Any guide or instruction really should include pictures that can be clearly seen if providing a step by step guide isn't possible.

  • evelynsgarden 30 Jul, 2008

    To pkildow - Good grief, quit being so patronizing. Are you the queen of crafts, or what!!!???

  • BeccaCreates 30 Jul, 2008

    I think this would be good with other silk flowers as well. I have some colorful gerber daisies that were a gift and this would be a great place to add them to my decor

  • hugmehugs 30 Jul, 2008

    I can't see what is so difficult about this. You have your pillow; you have your flowers. Throw away the plastic parts from the flower and sew to the pillow with a button!
    My 5-year old grand-daughter can do this...

  • SanweePea 30 Jul, 2008

    Photos definitely need to be large and/or capable of being enlarged! In this particular instance it is important (as in some of the past articles) as the instructions almost seem like they started in the middle. Leaving out some steps. And leaving out steps is okay IF you have decent photots!

  • JeanT 30 Jul, 2008

    I agree that the photos for all of the craft ideas should be able to be enlarged. Sometimes the instructions are a little vague and being able to actually see the photo might clear up ambiguous instructions.

  • igines 30 Jul, 2008

    I agree, there should be an ability to enlarge pictures, not specifically for this craft, but in general.

  • ccaldewey 30 Jul, 2008

    I don't think the remark was specifically about this craft. I wholeheartedly agree that I would like for the photos to be able to be enlarged for all the crafts.

  • pkildow 30 Jul, 2008

    I don't understand why anyone needs larger photos on this one You know what a pillow looks like, you know what fabric flowers look like as well as a button. The photo is adequate to see the suggested placement (only a suggeston). Come on ladies, take some iinitiative, be creative, experiment. That's what crafting is all about. Maybe some of you just need to just buy kits where you have everything you need given to you along with precise instructions. Enough with the complaints

  • Cherise 30 Jul, 2008

    I agree with the others- larger photos are needed! The daily crafts have so many cute and inventive ideas but it would be nice to view the details of the crafts and their instructions make it even harder because they lack details as well.

  • pauprint 30 Jul, 2008

    If you brush the flowers, thinking they are silk, with Aleene's OK to Wash It glue, the flowers will keep from shredding and stay cleaner than if you just attach them without it. Brush the glue on both the front and backs of the petals. And it is washable in most cases.

  • thequirkygirl 30 Jul, 2008

    Larger Photos Please! most of the daily projects are interesting - but there is always a lack of good photography and in some instances not enough quality instructions or buyers resources for specific items needed to complete the project as shown.

  • mpegm 30 Jul, 2008

    When I read the title I thought was finally going to see a pattern for the old pllows my grandmother had on her sofa - that looked liked chrysanthemums, but were simpy round pillows, with petals of cleverly folded fabric stitched round and round on the top. Does anyone remeber these? and does anyone know how to make them?

  • mixxie 30 Jul, 2008

    I agree about the enlarged photo. I can tell that these are cute but I want to see more detail.

  • wduke2 30 Jul, 2008

    Very cute I think. Wish there was an enlarged photo. Fun idea with little work.

  • aimie 30 Jul, 2008

    i think its really fun and of course gonna brighten up all pillows

  • scrapbookdi 30 Jul, 2008

    This is a great idea. In September I am having a 50th birthday party and the theme is Gerbera Daisies so I will use those instead of mums!

  • edinatien 30 Jul, 2008

    It would be great if photos for this (and every) project could be enlarged so we could see them better. Thanks!

  • Tinadealy 30 Jul, 2008

    This is a great way to get the colors that you want into a room scheme.

  • wafa86 29 Jul, 2008

    this is wonderful project i like it

  • casperboy 19 Jun, 2008

    good project for girls learning to this idea

  • radioflyermq 6 Nov, 2007

    What a great idea. This was a wonderful Saturday afternoon project for my 13 year-old daughter and I. She really got into it and used the pillows in her room.