button love

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I don’t know what it is about buttons that makes me want to squirrel them away for a rainy day. I’ve always had a fascination with them – I can’t throw them away, so I cut the spare ones off new clothes – you know, the ones that are sewn to the care label – and I save them in my button bag (is any of this making me sound crazy?!!).  Ironically, I don’t think I’ve ever had to use one of these ‘spare’ buttons, but I always keep them ‘just in case’.

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I use buttons quite a bit in my sewing though, so it’s not like they don’t serve a useful purpose :)  

Tiny buttons used as flower centres

Tiny buttons used as flower centres

 I like to use them in fun and decorative ways and am always on the look out for unusual or cute buttons.

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I spent a couple of hours in my sewing room the other day,  just organizing my button collection. I sorted them all into colours and then placed them in cute little jars that I came across at IKEA.  They are supposed to be spice jars, but what the heck! I use them for buttons!  The jars have a wonderful pot-bellied shape and aren’t too big, which I like.

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Even with all these buttons, I still buy more any chance I get!  I mean, just look at these little beauties – who could resist those?

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I featured a little button pouch on my face book page recently and promised to do a tutorial to show you just how easy it is to make one.

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Embroidery and buttons

I promise to write up the tutorial for the little button bag in a day or two, so pop back often – you won’t want to miss it!

In the meantime, have fun and happy stitching!

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7 thoughts on “button love

  1. I like to keep my buttons in tins, but that does mean you can’t look at them longingly from the outside! For me, picking the right buttons for a project is the hardest and most time consuming part. I could spend hours choosing!

  2. Doesnt everyone collect buttons? Hasnt everyone got a secret stach? :) I remember my grandma having a suitcase full and I woud play for hours! x

  3. I also keep the ones from the tags! Especially from children’s clothes, they’re so cute! I collected the small yoghurt glass jars to keep my buttons, it’s hard to find jars with a lid that can close back on top, but I did find them and look great. You have quite a big collection! Looking forward to your tutorial :-)

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