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Tufted Cushion

Solid-colored pillows look more distinctive when embellished with pretty pom-poms or buttons. Adding them to both sides of a cushion will prevent the thread from straining the fabric and tearing. The tufting will keep the fill in the insert from shifting, so the pillow will rarely need to be fluffed.

Photography: Ellie Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2005


  • Basic sewing supplies

  • Buttons or pom-poms

  • Store-bought pillow cover with insert

  • Upholstery thread

  • Long upholstery needle


  1. Mark the placement of the buttons or pom-poms on the pillow cover with a disappearing-ink fabric pen.

  2. Secure each embellishment with a double length of thread, passing through the pillow insert and inserting the needle into a matching button or pom-pom on the other side.

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