Save Your Old Buttons

Mom was a saver, for sure. She grew up during the Great Depression and learned many thrifty ways from her parents. Here’s one of her ideas for making use of buttons.

“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.”

This red star is part of a wall-hanging made by Gail's mother-in-law. Cora Martin had a remarkable button collection. It is now owned by her granddaughter, Vicki.

This red star is part of a wall-hanging made by Gail’s mother-in-law. Cora Martin had a remarkable button collection. It is now owned by her granddaughter, Vicki.

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.

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