First off, I just wanted to say that the orange couch has grown on me. I don’t know if it was the overwhelming positive response or the time I’ve spent getting used to seeing its Cheetoh self every day. Regardless, it’s staying for now. And we decided to snazz it up a bit more.
We tufted the pillows! Right?! I love it!!! It gives it a more finished look. At least we think it does. I keep forgetting you guys are dumb. Anyway, it was pretty dang easy to do. I’ll walk you through it:
1 – You’ll need buttons (which I made using a button kit and fabric dyed with the same dye as the slipcover), scissors, a long needle (like an upholstery needle) and thread. I ended up using embroidery floss because the upholstery thread seemed pretty flimsy. Okay, I tried it and it broke. I may have pulled too hard (see step 8).
2 – Mark (on both sides) where you want the buttons. I had Ryan do this part. I am TERRIBLE at measuring. I feel like I’m a measure twice, cut once kind of person, but I think I measure wrong both times. It never seems to turn out right. Ryan wanted me to say that it helped him a lot to use pins to get the measurements perfect before marking with a pen/chalk/pencil/whatever you use. See, I wouldn’t have thought of that and there would have been black dots everywhere…
3 – Run one piece of thread through the button, then BOTH ends of the thread through the needle. I tied a loose knot so that the thread wouldn’t come undone when I pulled it through the pillow.
4 – Insert the needle where you marked and go straight back to the corresponding mark on the other side of the pillow.
5 – Pull the needle through the outside. This. Was. Very. Hard. For me at least. I thought my arm was going to break trying to ram that needle through. If I ever do this again, I’m going to get a longer needle.
6 – Untie the knot on the needle, insert one end of thread into the button back and pull a little on that strand so that it’s longer than the other. Create a slipknot by making a loop (like you’re tying a knot) in the longer strand, but don’t pull the knot tight.
7 – Insert the short strand into the loop and tighten. Pull on the short strand to start the tufting.
8 – Once you get to the depth you want (don’t pull too much or your thread will break – believe me), tie a regular knot and pull it tight.
9 – I tied a few knots just in case.
10 – Clip the thread. Make sure it’s under the button so that you won’t see it, but not too short so that you accidentally clip the threads holding the buttons on. You don’t want to have to start the process over again. Remember, it wasn’t easy getting that dang needle through.
Voila! That’s it! Doesn’t it look so much more structured and mid-century? Me lovey!!! Of course, Ted went and immediately started biting on one of the buttons. Ryan told them that it’s because of them that we can’t have nice things.