The pattern called for the pillow backs to be closed with seven buttons. While I loved the look of the buttons in the pattern book photos, I didn't think that a button closure was the best option for a few reasons:
- that's a lot of buttonholes to sew
- all my buttons were different sizes so I'd need to recalibrate the buttonhole attachment frequently
- I didn't want the pillow backs to look like when a guy wears a too-tight shirt and the buttons are just barely keep everything contained
So I put a zipper under the buttonhole flap instead!
Now the backs are all smooth and pretty with just five decorative buttons each.
You can read more about the construction of these pillows here. The pattern I used can be found in Amanda Murphy's new book, Modern Holiday.