I have always loved buttons. My grandmother had a tin full of buttons that I used to play with every time I visited her. I would forgo the toys and would closely examine the buttons like the little treasures they were. We ended up with this magical tin of buttons early in my teenage years. I knew I had to use these buttons in some fabulous way.
As a teenager, I used to alter clothes from the local OP shop. I took my sewing adventures a stage further when I pilfered my Dad’s vest from his three-piece suit and covered the front with the tiny magical embellishments. In my defence, my Dad hated wearing suits and the suit itself was a very odd brown colour. Despite these strong points in my defence, I was grounded. In the grand scheme of things, it was worth it as the vest lasted much longer than the grounding.
I would like to say I learned my lesson but, as I later repurposed one of my Dad’s dress shirts, a few pillow cases and a set of curtains you can see that I did not. Maybe I should have been grounded for longer.
I have started my own button tin. There are only a couple of handfuls of buttons in a tiny tin with cute birds painted on it but, if it is anything like my fabric collection, it is bound to grow exponentially. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for a larger tin. It would be interesting to know what most people do with their spare buttons.
Check out the Button Art/Embellishment board on my Pinterest page to see what fabulous artworks some people have made with buttons!