Heart Pillow with Vintage Buttons

I made this super cute pillow to use for Valentine’s Day. It is a heart pillow with vintage buttons, and I want to show you how to make one.

Years ago when my daughter was in high school, she had this idea to use some of my vintage button collection to make pillows for Christmas gifts.

She purchased ready made pillows from a discount store and glued buttons in a grid pattern on the front of the pillow. She bought colors that went with the decor of the person receiving the gift. They turned out so cute!

pillow with vintage buttons
pillow with vintage buttons

I was cleaning out my office recently and realized how many buttons I have and it inspired me to use them to make a pillow for Valentine’s Day with them.

For this project, you will need …..


ready made pillow cover, or make your own
glue gun
a pattern of a heart shape you want on your pillow


To begin, you will want to draw the shape of your heart. I just used a sheet of paper, folded it in half and cut half of a heart shape using the fold of the paper. When you open the paper, it will have a perfect heart shape for you to use as your pattern.

heart pattern for pillow

Next, you will place the heart in the center of your pillow cover. This will give you a guide where you are going to place your buttons.

heart pattern for pillow

I poured buttons all around the heart shape. Then, I went through and picked out any buttons I didn’t like. You can see there are a few mixed in that weren’t neutral, and since that is the look I was going for, I pulled out any with color. If you don’t already have a stash of buttons, you can find ivory color in bulk here.

heart pillow with vintage buttons

Next, I straightened out the shape a bit and relocated buttons in places where I thought there were too many.

Then, I pulled the pattern up and started gluing. I glued a base layer first, then started layering buttons on top. This helps fill in and also hides where you have glue them.

heart pillow with vintage buttons

And, that’s it! It does take a bit of time, but it is super easy.

Even though I made mine to put out for Valentine’s Day, it will be cute anytime of year, since it is neutral colors.

heart pillow with vintage buttons
heart pillow with vintage buttons

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a heart pillow with vintage buttons. If you make one, I would love to hear about it!


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  1. This is such a darling idea. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you! It was a fun project!

  2. Goodness that is beautiful. How long did it take you to make? I think I’ll try that on a much smaller scale. Love it. Pinned 🙂

    1. Thank you! So glad you like it!

      It just took a couple of hours once I gathered my supplies.

  3. This is the cutest idea Michele. I really, really need to make one of these. Pinned. I’d love to share this on my weekly blog post on Saturday.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing sweet friend! So glad you liked it!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing sweet friend! So glad you liked it!

  4. This is such a brilliant idea. I have a whole jar of white buttons and I can’t wait to try this project.

    1. Oh good! It was a fun way to use some of my button collection. I would love to know if you try it!

  5. Your pillow looks wonderful and I love that you used neutral colors! What a great way to repurpose old buttons! Thanks for the inspiration, Donna

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! I just love vintage buttons and it was a fun way to incorporate some of my collection. Thanks for the kind words!

  6. I did this project with my granddaughters and they loved it! Gave it to special friends at Valentines Day! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

    1. Oh, that’s sound like a fun thing to do with your granddaughter’s! So glad you enjoyed the post!!

  7. Such a cute pillow!! I love the neutral colors that you used. How easy!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Rachel! So glad you liked it.

  8. This pillow is darling Michele! I’m excited to tell you this post will be featured in this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party! Thanks for sharing your creativity and we hope to see you at the party this week! Pinned!

    1. Oh my goodness, that’s so great! I really appreciate that, and so glad you liked it.

    2. The instructions called for glue gun, but instructions also reference using tacky clue can you please advise? I am so excited and looking forward to using my great great grandma’s buttons.🩷

      1. So sorry for any confusion. I went back and looked at the post and didn’t see where I had mentioned tacky glue, but maybe I am missing that.
        Anyway, you will use a glue gun to glue the buttons on. So glad you will be using your great great grandmother’s buttons for your project!

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