Buttons can be such fun to play with. I have several tins full, some have been sorted into little bags to keep sets together, and lots are just loose. Whatever project I have in mind, it seems that there are plenty of buttons to use. I still have this Button Basket sitting in my sewing room. It was made with a wicker basket, with rows of pastel color buttons hot glued to the sides. I filled it with silk flowers, and it still makes me smile.
In 2016, I spent weeks working on and posting about this Quilted Art Project. See the first post on that link if you’d like the free instructions on how to make your own. The swirl of buttons in the center took a bit of time, but really gives movement to the piece.
Separating out some buttons by color, some are put into canning jars as sewing room decor. A tin with a button motif sits behind in a sunny window.
One of my pet peeves is to get a new sweater and have a button fall off before I’ve worn it twice. That happened with this one. I didn’t really like the silver buttons anyway, so when one fell off after just one wearing, I replaced them all with prettier black flower buttons.
Large coat buttons get used in my original design Jelly Roll Market Bag. The bag is super simple to make, and has a bit of flair. Where else could buttons this large get showcased, other than a coat?
Button crafted Christmas ornaments are easy to make with buttons and metal cookie cutters.
For these needle tins (or whatever you’d like to store in them), just spray paint a mint tin with gold spray paint. Arrange buttons on the top and hot glue in place. Add bits of lace if you like. You could use these to store used rotary blades until the tin was full. That would take years, LOL!!
See how I used buttons on a nice canvas tote bag to create seasonal decorative covers for a company logo I didn’t like in A Tote Bag Project.
Using buttons on wall hangings and mini quilts adds interest and details to small projects, like my Table Stand White Mini Quilt. See the multi-part construction with the link for this free pattern.
My friend and group moderator for my facebook Project Sharing Group, Mary at Stitching Grandma posted a marvelous button project of a sewing room wreath, using old threads, buttons, bobbins, sewing implements and tape measures, so cute!! See her wonderful idea on her post – Fun With Buttons And More.
I like to add buttons to wool work projects too, like this Autumn Jubilee Wool Applique.
This week, I wanted to add some buttons to my Spring Tulip Mini Quilt. I got out the tin with all white buttons and started playing.
Pulling a few that were small, I auditioned some little ones on the flower pot.
That didn’t seem like enough, so I dug around and found three larger ones. I tried those out in the center.
Still wasn’t enough, so I moved the buttons to the left upper edge, and put three smaller ones at the center bottom. That was my favorite, so I stitched them down that way.
Soft yellow candles and a spring rabbit create a nice vignette with the mini quilt on its Table Stand.
I have an amazing Pinterest board if you’d like to go down that rabbit hole, LOL!!! Click on Buttonmania. I collected ideas for months a couple of years ago. I don’t use Pinterest much anymore, as it can really destroy a few hours before you look up. I have 483 pins on Buttonmania alone!!
Are you a button crafter?
I’ll be in West Jefferson, North Carolina on Thursday, March 14th at 2 pm for the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting, giving my Decisions, Decisions program, talking about the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, and picking up their donation quilts. If you are in the area, I am sure the guild would love to meet you too.