The definition of tufting is pretty simple： make depressions at regular intervals in a cushion by passing a thread through and pulling it taut. And really， it is that simple. If (and there is always an “if” isn’t there？) you have the right tools and make sure you measure and mark with precision. Thanks to the creative minds at Dritz？， you can easily get all the tools you need to make things easy. We show you the techniques to use those tools to do stitch tufting and button tufting on a standard cushion width， as well as how to tackle bolster tufting with those extra long needles… they’re not as scary as they might look!？accent pillow case baby burlap home decor
The process of tufting has been with us for centuries. Long before coils and memory foam， mattresses were filled with feathers， cotton rags， and other materials. Tufting was used to keep this stuffing from shifting to one side or the other when the mattress was flipped.？
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As furnishings became more elegant， tufting evolved as well. Although it retrained its function of keeping thick layers from shifting or sagging， it took on more of a decorative capacity. Tufting gives the surface a wonderfully wavy appealpersonalized graduation gifts， and when buttons are added， the result is rich and textured.
You don’t have to be doing high-level upholstering to employ tufting. We’ve used it on simple floor cushions and decorator pillows. It’s an excellent way to add dimension. And， as mentioned above， it you need to hold multiple， thick layers of fillers and fabrics in place， tufting is the go-to technique.
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Dritz？ has a full Home Décor category of tools and notions， each one designed and tested to make the DIY process as easy as possible. Their variety of straight and curved needles is excellent. The waxed thread is a must-have whenever you need super strength； it’s waxed surface allows the thread to pass more freely through foam and other fillers. And， their cover button kits are our first choice for ease-of-use and variety of sizing. Plus， because it’s Dritz？， you know the products will be easy to fine in-store or online.？
Sew4Home projects. Top row， left to right： Happy Pom Pom Pillows， Round Piped Pillow with Gathered Top， Big Round Floor Cushion with Fussy Cut Wedges； middle row： Decorative Stitch Pillow Power， Tufted Multi-Color Pom Pillow； bottom row： Bundle of Box Style Floor Cushions， Outdoor Living Bolster， Hexagon Pillow with Wraparound Cording.
This is the original form of tufting. It uses a heavy thread in combination with an extra-long upholstery needle. The strength of the thread is key to withstand the pulling during construction as well as the pressure when complete. The stitching will be visible from both sides of the cushion， so that will determine the type of thread you select. Twine， button thread or waxed thread are the best options.？
The Dritz？ waxed thread is available in just the one “twine” color， which may or may not be the color option you want. If it works for your project， we would always suggest sticking with this very tough thread. If you need a different color， look for a high quality button or carpet thread and， as shown below， use multiple strands. With thinner materials and softer fillers， even a standard sewing thread can work. In the sample below， we used all-purpose thread for our tufting but quadrupled our strands. If you’re just starting out， go for the heavier thread until you really get the “feel” of pulling and knotting without breakage.
Remember， there will be a visible knot on one side with this type of tufting， so it is best on projects for which there is a definite front and back.？
Button tufting follows the same basic process as stitch tufting， but the thread is covered on one or both sides with buttons — usually covered buttons in fabric that matches or coordinates with the base fabric.？
We used our favorite Dritz？ Button Cover kits， which are available in a wide range of sizes. If you are brand new to working with them， you’ll find them super easy to create. Take a look at our full step-by-step tutorial for all the details.？
The majority of button tufting for cushions is done with covered buttons on both sides. This is the process shown below. However， you can use just one button at the top and knot at the back as shown above with the stitch tufting. Since the stitches will be covered by the buttons (in most situations)， we strong recommend the waxed thread for the button tufting. It’s the strongest and easiest to work with.？
A double-button bolster is a classic decorator pillow， but many people avoid the look because they can’t figure out how to get the tufted effect to work on something so long. The process for tufting a bolster isn’t vastly different than either of the techniques shown above. The key is to use an extra long needle and work that needle through the pillow slowly and carefully. Dritz？ has us covered with the extra long needles!
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