Monday, June 28, 2010

Organize It --- Buttons

I confess,  I love buttons!    I probably have more buttons than I will ever use but I still continue to buy them.

For a long time when I needed a button for a project I was searching through a jumble of buttons and it took forever to find just the right one to fit what I was making.    

I eventually decided to divide them up into like sizes of buttons but that didn't work either because I was wading through every color to find a specific color.

A few years ago I acquired a bunch of vintage blue ball jars and last year I decided to use them for my button collection.   I now have them separated by color and I have found this the easiest way to find the right button for my project.    The jars didn't have lids but I happened to have some rusty tin lids that fit.    I keep them lined along the edge of my sewing table.    This is just a short section of them.   I counted and I have 19 jars of buttons.   Some colors that I have a lot of,  like white,  are separated into large and small buttons.

Jars seem to be the most popular way to store buttons.    This collection has mine beat.   It is so pretty to look at,  too.

This small collection of buttons is separated by color in a vintage print drawer.   It makes a very pretty accent to your sewing room.

This is another great way to store buttons from Mrs. Kwitty.   This is one of those nuts and bolts organizers.

So do you have a unique way to store buttons?    We would love to hear about it if you do.

Thanks for visiting today.
Bette Shaw


  1. Like you, I use jars. I have an actual set of blue ball canisters, lots of smaller jars and a fisherman's fly box for really unusual ones. I have them sorted by color but I also have all the shank buttons in a separate container. And all the striped or floral or wordy ones are in a separate cigar box. I love to get them out and rearrange them; both in the jars and the jars in the display. Buttons are awesome.......

  2. I use jars too. I am so happy that I decided to organize by color. It has made it so much easier to find what I need. I do need to take the time to sort by large and small when it comes to the white buttons. I am almost as bad about ribbons as I am about buttons.

  3. Just found your blog and love it! I also store my buttons in old jars. Makes it so easy to find what I need!
    Have a great day!

  4. I love buttons too , I collect buttons as well & have them throughout the house, they ahve to have a certain look in the jar to call me LOL I posted some of my collection a few weeks back, you can see them here


  5. oops! sorry! here is the corect link for my button post


  6. Hey!! I was tickled to find my buttons in your post! I love buttons and they are so pretty, no matter if you store them in little drawers, like I do, or in bottles or jars. I have a ridiculous number of buttons and I have a hard time using the cool ones! lol It's a sickness :oP
    Smiles, Karen

  7. Well, having a vintage button store as well as my prim shop complicates my button life. I have buttons everywhere - the ones I really like and use on my own creations are in vintage bowls on my workspace. The rest are in jars, cigar boxes, vintage tins and baskets under the workbench. I have way too many buttons, but I do love the little buggers!