The Chocolate Lab applique was created because I have a Chocolate Lab, who is just a little over a year old - she's still very much a puppy! I used the applique to make a pillow and decided it would work nicely for a tutorial.
First decide what size pillow you want to make - then get a pillow form - these are available at most sewing and hobby stores in a variety of shapes and sizes.
After appliqueing the fabric, lay a long strip of fabric out centering the applique on the top of the pillow form.
Since I wanted my pillow to button in the front on the top, I folded the fabric under the pillow and allowed for an overlap to the front. I turned under the raw edge...
...then folded the flap up to where I wanted it on the top of the pillow. Use pins to mark where the folded flap will be and also where the side edge of the other side of the pillow will be.
Take out the pillow form and turn the fabric inside out. Pin sides together - make sure the button flap is overlapped like mine.
This cane be a little tricky - make sure that the right side overlaps the left, as shown above.
Pin the whole length of the flap to keep it together.
Sew or serge the side seams only.
Finished side seams
Turn right side out and press...Using a quilters ruler and a marking pen, mark where the buttonholes will be sewn.
Make sure you evenly space the buttons.Cut a strip of stabilizer - this will be used to reinforce the buttonhole flap.
Tuck the stabilizer (or interface) into the flap, as shown.
Sew buttonholes, then sew buttons on!