Monday, 14 January 2013

Bargain button bracelets

I have a huge collection of buttons. A collection verging on Pearly Queen proportions - and I am especially keen on the shiny, pearly little shell ones that catch the light. I really don't need any more, but a big bag of them for £1.50? Hard to pass up a charity shop button bargain. You could easily pay that for a small card of 6, and they don't take up much room..

So another few hundred to add to the tins (note plural) - a button for every occasion. And quite fun checking through the bag for any beauties.

I'll have to think of something special for the etched ones, and maybe the interesting cross shaped button might work on a choker?


My 5 year old picked out the ones she liked, and rather than put them away, I pinched a wristband idea from a friend that's perfect for showing off your best buttons. It's also good for using up small pieces of braid or lace.


We made some with a felt base and added colourful embroidered trim and our buttons. Lace on felt looks great too, and maybe a few beads or sequins for a little sparkle. I used gold thread to sew the bits onto the bracelets, and to finish off around the button holes.


OK, so I haven't made much of a dent in the pile - but I have been checking out some other use-up-your-massive-hoard-of-buttons ideas online, and there are loads. Do you have any favourites or top button tips? I'd love to hear them.


Found any secondhand lovelies lately?
Plenty of thrifty inspiration over at Liz's Magpie Monday 
and Lakota's Ta-dah! Tuesday 

15 comments:

  1. So pretty and it's always nice to find a craft you can do together. x

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    1. It was fun - she was great at designing them - not so great at waiting for me to finish sewing them...next time think we'll try glue! x

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  2. Great idea, I love finding bags of old buttons! Found you through Magpie Monday!

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    1. Thanks Lucy! They're hard to resist, aren't they?

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  3. I love buttons too and I always pick them up if I spot them while Im charity shopping. Great collection you have there.

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    1. Thank you! Have a feeling there'll be more....

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  4. Good job I wasn't in that shop with you or it would have been handbags at dawn!

    Those patterned ones are really unusual, I love the wristband idea too.

    Thanks for linking up x

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    1. I'm thinking I might replace the buttons on a cardy with the floral ones - too lovely to leave in the tin x

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  5. What a fantastic idea - I may well steal/adapt it myself :-)

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  6. My faves are the mother of pearl ones too, this is a great idea rather than having them all languishing in a tin.
    x

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    1. Thanks Lakota - most of the buttons in the bag were shell, quite a result really! x

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  7. Ohhhh! I love a bit of button porn! I have lots too! And I bought two big tins at a French car bootsale a couple of months ago. I add them to things that I crochet, as additional decoration.

    My daughter loves just tipping them all out on a tray and playing Button Shop. And so do I!

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    1. LIke the sound of the Button Shop!
      (loved your crocheting too - so bright and cheery)

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  8. That's a lovely idea. I love that first photograph! :)

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