“Many people save used buttons for a variety of reasons. They plan to sew it back on the garment it came from or when discarding worn out clothing, they keep them for another sewing project.
I remember Mother spreading the buttons out on a cookie sheet and letting me pick through them for the buttons I wanted on the new blouse she was making for me. Turn your assortment of buttons into a work of art. Sew buttons of one color on a wall hanging. Decide upon a design, maybe star shapes would be attractive. Use a heavy material because the buttons will weigh it down.”
Mom wrote an article (published in Kanhistique, March 1997) about Cora’s button collection. Click the link to read it online.
I love the look of a vintage canning jar filled with buttons. I’ve also thought they would look great in those glass-based lamps that you can fill.