* To button, a light twine is stitched through from the top to the bottom and back again at even intervals across the pad, compressing and securing the filling. Simply cut circles of any fabric, tufts’ were and are stitched in with the ‘buttoning’ threads; these help to re-inforce the cord and just make the work look more attractive.
* The twine is knotted, then stitched from the top fabric through the layers of padding right through to the back. A button tuft is collected and the needle returns to the top where another tuft is collected and the twine then pulled tightly; the twine is now either secured behind the top tuft or taken back though again to be secured beneath the opposite tuft.
* Hand made mattresses are button tufted with a circle of wool or cotton; sofa backs and seats – including traditional chesterfield style, window seats, chair seats, and ‘button back chairs’ are often button tufted.
* Padded and buttoned doors and walls between rooms absorb and soak up sound, stopping it dead. A fabric walled room, buttoned or not, is a quiet, calm warm place to be. This technique is also extremely practical in any fabric for a music room, is luxurious in silk for a dressing room and masculine in leather for a study or the spare walls of a book room
*Napoleon III style chair seats and backs are deep buttoned, traditionally with tufts but now often with small buttons instead of tufts.