Buttons. A necessary sewing and clothing accessory but probably not something most people think about. As a quilter, I rarely made anything with buttons prior to making pincushions. Once Lucy and I started making pincushions, we became very interested in buttons. We have built our button stash buying at big box craft and sewing stores, antiquing, thrifting, garage sales, and eBay.
These beautiful antique glass and metal buttons were given to me by my aunt a few years ago. She collected them for many years and passed them on to me. A special button can add just the right detail.
We use a lot of small white buttons. They are just right for many of the pincushions we make.
Our white button stash was starting to run low so I decided to look on eBay to see what I could find. Jackpot – I found so many! I was willing to take a chance on some of the bigger lots and got a large amount of buttons for the money spent. If you decide to search on eBay, you can use search words for a specific item such as “white buttons” or other search terms such as “button lots”, “antique buttons”, and “glass buttons”. The majority of the lots I bought came with buttons still attached to cards.
Buttons are sorted into mason jars which we leave out for quick access.
Since the beginning of making pincushions, we have added a button to the top of our pincushions. We decided it is one element of our pincushion design that we really like. Sometimes the button is neutral or a blender with the pincushion. Other times, it’s like a little jewel on top. The following pictures are various examples of all kinds of buttons topping our pincushions.
I’ve always been a doodler and loved art from an early age. I picked up my first fabric, a pink and white checked gingham, at 9 years old and cross-stitched my name. In 1996, my mom started quilting and her inspiration motivated me to make my first quilt in 1998. I found a pattern in a book from the library, changed the colors to make a Christmas quilt and pieced it together. I even quilted and bound it! I enjoy working with all kinds of fabric mediums and threads. I enjoy sewing with my machine and doing handwork. I get inspiration from my life including people, scenery, patterns and objects around me. Follow me here and on Instagram @lesleystorts.
October 13, 2020 at 10:00 am
So enjoyed looking at your projects…! Inspired me…! I’ve worked with buttons and done several projects with them… my mother had a “button tin” that started me on making things with them… bracelets, brooches, etc. My most favorite is buttons flowers in small vases using those that I found at garage sales, estate sales, and thrift shoppes. So many possibilities with buttons…!
October 13, 2020 at 10:03 am
Thank you Mary! Buttons are so fun. And I agree – so many possibilities. Their utility cannot be understated so it’s even better that they are useful AND attractive!