Presidents Day Pillow

In honor of President’s Day I thought I would repost my patriotic pillow of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln with penny button details.  Now this pillow doesn’t get much use.  However, I do pull it out for the week after Valentine’s Day and again near the 4th of July.  And everyone always comments on how crazy it is much they like the pillow.


And look at the cute penny buttons I made to go with it.  Squuueeeall!

penny button

3 Pennies dated before 1982
Doming Block Set (because of the copper content in them)
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
Pillow Form

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

doming block

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.

making a penny button

And it will slightly dome your penny like so…

DIY penny button

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.


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.   I turned it right sides out and admired our founding fathers.


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



George Washington Pillow

And there you have it…a President’s Day Pillow.

If you would like this file for the Silhouette machine click here to download it for free.

Check out some more canvas drop cloth pillows here…


Left to right: Christmas Subway Art PillowChalkboard Fabric Silhouette PillowsLucky Pillow with Domed Penny ButtonPottery Barn Nest Knock Off PillowPresidents Day Canvas PillowDefinition of Adventure PillowChristmas Glitter Ornament PillowHome Sweet Home Pillow


  1. M* {Daydream Believers} says

    The penny buttons are such a great touch! Nice work! 🙂

  2. Robert and Cassie says

    That is awesome! You are so creative! The penny buttons are so fun, never knew you could do that with penny's!

  3. The Genesis Emporium says

    Very nice! I never knew about the doming tools. Thanks for sharing. Hope you'll visit my new blog, too.

  4. great pillow! greetings from Croatia

  5. That looks so patriotic! I love it! The penny buttons are awesome! – Karen

  6. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Your creativity and unique project ideas just continue to astound me! I love history, so I think this pillow is too cool. 🙂 The pennies are the perfect finishing touches. Genius, my friend!

    Thanks so much for sharing this on my "I {Heart} My Crafty Cutter" party!! I also really appreciate the Tweets. 🙂 You're a fabulous bloggy friend. 🙂

  7. Now that is pretty darn cool! Even my husband was impressed 🙂

  8. Very cool! Why do you have to use pennies dated before 1982?

  9. Cute! Hope the feds don't come get you for defacing US currency!!

  10. Zepequeña says

    Uauh! Great!


  11. Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont says

    Love it – the penny buttons are the perfect addition!

  12. The Turnipseeds says

    Love the pillow! What kind of iron on transfer paper do you use? I have been having trouble with mine lately. Thanks, I enjoy your blog a lot.

  13. Mom in High Heels says

    That is awesome! Think you could use a quarter to make a button too or would it not bend like a penny?

  14. I've never heard of a doming block set, but that's really cool! The penny button is so unique.

  15. Pure genius! I'm out the door to find a doming block set and pennies from the wishing well….

  16. Infarrantly Creative says

    I used the Silhouette heat transfer stuff.

  17. Pacific NW Blogfan says

    Wow, this is extremely creative. I'm impressed.

  18. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Wanted to stop by again and tell you "thank you" for sharing this at my lil party and for the Tweets you sent out yesterday to help me get the word out. I really appreciate you, Beckie!! 🙂

  19. Terrific! What else would you use that doming set for?

  20. These pillows are so darn cute I cant stand it. And the penny just makes it all come together. Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Victoria says

    I would jump at the chance to buy these in a store. I love putting American history nods in my rooms. Perfect thank you


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