Monday, September 28, 2009

Button, Button, Who's Got The Button?

A while back I helped a friend clean out her mother's house to get it ready for sale and came home with a box filled with fabric pieces and buttons. I got the fabric put away, but procrastinated on doing anything with the buttons. Today I decided to take care of the project, and I organized a collection of buttons by color.

There were a couple of pounds of buttons stored in baggies in a box. A few of them were already bagged by color, but most were loose or all jumbled together in bags. I tackled one bag at a time and started sorting, putting them into custard cups. When I ran out of those I used our Oriental soup bowls too.

When I was done, this is what it looked like:

There were buttons in every color of the rainbow as well as brown, black, gold, and silver. I re-bagged them by color, and put them all in a larger bag that will be easier to store than the original box.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all the buttons, but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to find something suitable next time I need one.


  1. That's a lot of buttons! Impressive!

  2. I have pounds of buttons myself. I got my mother's collection when she died and added them to mine. I managed to sort them only in two categories... white and colors. My grandson had great fun with them when he was 4. He had a little dump truck and front end loader (just like Papa's) and he poured them on the floor and had a lot of fun scooping and dumping. They aren't sorted any more, I just kind of paw through them when I need one.

  3. That's an amazing assortment of colours! You really will be ready for any eventuality (or you could make some amazing sock puppets).

  4. What a great assortment of colours! You will have a lot of choice (and you could make some great sock puppets).

  5. I once filled one of those glass lamp bases with old buttons that belonged to my grandmother. It was a great conversation piece. I also made earrings with some particularly cute buttons - and sewed some others onto a cloth heart and turned it into a pin. Just some ideas!