Oh Tannenbaum with Buttons


Holiday buttons make up this clever tree embellishment, complete from topper to trunk. They’re simply tied on and threads left as part of the tree’s trimming.

Finished Size of Project: 14 1/2″ square


1/2 yd white cotton twill

6 red buttons, 1 1/4″

6 green buttons, 1 1/4″

Assorted 3/8″-1/2″ buttons

One 1 3/4″ brown button (trunk)

One 1 1/2″ metal button (topper)

Polyester fiberfill

Coordinating Dual Duty XP All-Purpose thread

White Coats Dual Duty Plus Button & Craft thread

Fabric glue

Large-eye hand sewing needle

TIP: Look for red/green button assortments, as opposed to purchasing buttons individually—they are a more economical option.


From the white twill, cut:

2 squares, 15″

Making the Tree

  1. Mark the vertical center of one twill square by pressing a light crease about 3″ from the top and bottom.
  2. Lay out the large buttons, alternating colors, to form a tree shape. Fill in the center with the smaller buttons.
  3. When you’re satisfied with the layout, place a small dot of glue under each button to hold it in place for stitching. Allow to dry.
  4. Using the Button & Craft thread doubled through the needle’s eye, and working from the right side, sew down through one hole and up through the opposite hole in the button. Leave thread ends long enough to tie. Clip the threads, then tie them securely into a knot. Repeat for each button in the tree and trunk. Sew on the tree topper button at the upper tree point.
  5. Using a toothpick, put a tiny dab of glue on each button knot; allow to dry, then clip the thread ends to the desired size.

Making the Pillow

Seam allowance is 1/4″

  1. Right sides together, place the pillow back square over the button embellished front, matching raw edges.
  2. Sew around the pillow edges, leaving a 4″ opening for turning. Clip the corners to reduce bulk.
  3. Turn the pillow right side out through the opening.
  4. Stuff the pillow to the desired firmness.
  5. Turn under the edges of the opening and hand stitch closed.

3 thoughts on “Oh Tannenbaum with Buttons

  1. Sharyn Massung Reply

    This would be a great project for a child learning to sew-on buttons. They could actually make a pillow with any basic shape and color of buttons to go with it. A sunshine could be shades of yellow, orange, and red buttons. A preschool coloring book would provide ideas a child could select from if they were having trouble thinking of something. You could have a button pillow for every season!

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