February 14, 2011

Guest Post - President's Day Pillow

We've got a guest in the house today.  Beckie from Infarrantly Creative has a really creative tutorial for you today.  Check out how she made her buttons.  Cool.  Welcome Beckie!

Hi I am Beckie and I blog over at Infarrantly Creative and Knock Off Decor. I love thinking outside the box when it comes to crafts and home decor.  My Infarrantly Creative site is known for my Roadkill Rescues, where I turn curbside castaways into beautiful and usable decor.  Knock Off Decor is a site dedicated to showcasing all of the awesome knock off projects.

In honor of President’s Day (in one week) I thought I would show my love of our country by making a patriotic pillow of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln with penny button details.



3 Pennies dated before 1982

Doming Block Set

Heavy Hammer

Metal Polish (I use Haas)

Soft Cloth for polishing

Material for pillow (I used canvas dropcloths)

Cording for pillow (optional)

Heat Transfer Material

Silhouette machine (optional)


Sewing Machine

Electric Drill

Small Drill Bit

1.  I purchased my doming block from Harbor Freight.  I think it was around $25 on sale.

2.  Place the penny (heads up) into the doming block and take one of the dappers (I used #18) and hold it tight to the middle of the penny and pound away with a heavy hammer.

And it will slightly dome your penny like so…

3. Next polish up your penny with the metal polish and a soft cloth.  Drill two small holes into the sides of Abraham’s head for the button holes using an electric drill and a small bit made for metal.


4. Next up I used my digital Silhouette machine to design and cut out Abraham Lincoln and George Washington’s silhouettes.  However all you need is heat transfer material and a printed silhouette of the two of them.  Trace and cut that out of heat transfer and you are golden. (Make sure you mirror the images).

5.  Then I ironed my transfers onto my pillow front.  And peeled back the plastic protective sheet.

6.  Prior to that I pressed each side under 1.5” and then made three buttonholes with my sewing machine.

7.  Then I added cording and sewed my pillow all up.

8.  I hand stitched my penny buttons in place and added a 12” x 16” pillow form.


And there you have it…a President’s Day Pillow.
Thanks Cheri for letting me come crash your blog for the day.  

Thanks so much Beckie!


stephaniegiese said...

That is adorable! I love the penny buttons! I'm going to have to head to Harbor Freight for one of those doming sets. That looks awesome! Those would make great buttons on other projects too.

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Love this! So clever to use the pennies, too!

~april said...

How awesome and creative is that! I love that!

kim west said...

so cool! why pennies before 1982? I want that doming block (have never heard of one before!!!)

Peggy said...

Hmmm so what else could you use that doming block for? Yep I'm coveting it right about now... but I'm afraid it will sit on the shelf as underused as my silhouette (it scares me...) However I have made the cutest little vases recently which spell out a message using these pictures "eye" "heart" "U" (I tried to find a ewe but wasn't successful.... it was what I used to draw on the dew on my hubby's truck window!)

Great pillow and the buttons are the perfect touch!!! I have to admit I am curious as to why pennies from before 1982 are used as well.

Thanks for the tutorial!! :)

Amy Jo said...

HA! I've never see a President's Day pillow before. CUTE!

Molly Smith said...

Beckie ~ you are amazing! A President's Day craft, who knew? I love every idea you share! Your projects are so well done, this one is brilliant! ~Molly

Rachel said...

I love Becky's blog and it was fun to "see" her over here too. I really like those penny buttons, I think I'll be trying that on something.

Tiffany said...

CUTE!!! :)

auntiejenni said...

um....i think it's against the law to damage coins like this....i think you better check this one out, although the idea is completely cute and downright wonderful. please check, though. i thought i read that somewhere...but then maybe not and you can just dome away and make buttons to your heart's content!

iammommahearmeroar said...

Auntie Jenni- Here's the answer to your question.


I think Beckie's okay :)

kelly said...

woah, cheri. that's clever. i love the penny button! you're my president's day hero!

Wenqi said...

awesomest buttons ever!!!

Biz said...


Netta said...

LOVE the pillows! All the patriotic love in me wants to stop everything I'm doing at the moment and run to my sewing supplies & start making one!
Thank you for sharing!

Alla said...

The idea for the pillow and execution cause a complete delight!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Thanks so much for having me Cheri and thank you everyone for the love. The reason to use coins dated before 1982 is because they started making pennies with zinc in them after 1982. Only true copper will dome like that. The zinc ones just crack. And no, it is not illegal to dome a penny ;-)

Whitney said...

I love how you used the pennies!

Holiday Snob said...

Very cute! I did a post that included a link to this tutorial at

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

i'll be honest...i can't say that i would ever do anything like this for presidents' day, but WOWEE!!!! look at you go!! that really is quite amazing! never seen anything like that for the penny thing! that's amazing! fabu!!!

Merry Meri said...

This is AMAZING!!!! I am not nearly as crafty as you, but I would love someone to make this FOR me haha! Shared your awesomeness via my blog today in honor of the upcoming holiday http://seektobemerry.blogspot.com/2012/02/i-love-george-washington.html


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