Buttons in a tin

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Whose Mum or Granny had a button box or button tin?  I have fond memories from a young age of being allowed to sit and sift through my own Mum’s buttons.  Different sizes, different shapes, some matching pairs or sets, lots of odd ones, lots of old ones, many that stayed in that tin year after year.

This week I was searching for buttons in one of my own button tins – so I thought I’d show some of my favourite ones. The first picture shows leftover fabric buttons made ages ago, dorset buttons from a workshop and two fabulous buttons with cute printed fabric which I bought in France.

buttons1The second photo has horn shaped buttons which used to be on a handknitted cardigan, I Ioved them and I loved the cardigan, unfortunately after two years I shrunk it in a wash(!) and couldn’t wear it again. Then there’s a couple of ceramic buttons from a gorgeous shop in Westerham, Kent http://www.anniesattic.co.uk/shop/ – and more ceramic ones from a friend’s trip to Denmark.  The rainbow ones I found on a stall at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace about three years ago.


Here’s the reason I was searching for buttons.  I needed eleven for this chunky cardigan – finally finished – it had been a WIP for a while! These are wooden and were an internet purchase from China.


I wonder if anyone else has favourite buttons to show off. I’d love to see!

12 thoughts on “Buttons in a tin

    tierneycreates said:
    March 22, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Oh goodness I love love love buttons! I have to control myself whenever I am in a shop or special event (like Sew Expo) when there are lovely buttons! Here is a 2016 post I did a while back on some cool antique buttons I picked up (actually at a used bookshop!) and some special buttons a friend gave me: https://tierneycreates.com/2016/10/26/buttons/

      tinaor responded:
      March 23, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Love that old post about buttons – wonderful! I know what you mean about controlling yourself when you see ones you just ‘need’…!

    Fred the Needle said:
    March 23, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Oh what a great post, it brought back such fond memories! My gran also had a button tin – my favourites were these beautiful pink glass ones. I used to put them in sets and play with them. I love your Dorset buttons – I have tried to do these a few times but not with as much success as you have. The cardigan looks delightful such a pretty colour and the buttons compliment it beautifully.

      tinaor responded:
      March 23, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you. A friend who is a sewing teacher gave a workshop on dorset button making – not sure I would have mastered it so well by myself. She has made some fantastic wall art with dorset buttons – definitely an inspiration. So little time to make everything I’d like to – so a little dabble here and there is cherished. Thank you to all the grannies who let us play with their button tins, eh?! x

        Fred the Needle said:
        March 23, 2018 at 9:10 pm

        oh yes! My gran was awesome!

    sewchet said:
    March 23, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I have been fortunate enough to inherit several button tins and, weirdly enough, they all SMELL the same – what’s all that about?! I will never need to buy another button, but then, what’s “need” got to do with it?

      tinaor responded:
      March 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      I have buttons that have the same scent too – I think it must be the tins themselves that taint the buttons. Talking of which I actually love some of my tins as well – rather a lot of chocolate or biscuit must have gone on in my house!

      tinaor responded:
      March 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      Not that they smell like chocolate, of course, just ‘tin’ !

    ReginaMary said:
    March 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I have two tins full of buttons, but my favorite buttons are not old. I purchased a set on Etsy to sew on a baby shower gift. I had them made in custom colors (NY Mets colors), only to find out that the father of the artist who made them worked for the NY Mets. How cool was that???

    Judi Castille said:
    April 16, 2018 at 10:15 am

    My mum has an old button tin. I used to like to put all the buttons into types..still a bit orderly obsessed. We bought tonnes of buttons last year from the fabric quarter in Paris. Button heaven! I have plans afoot for sewing next year and more buttons will be found or I will make my own. Buttons are little galleries. Always fun as well as pratical.

      tinaor responded:
      April 16, 2018 at 9:15 pm

      I like that – buttons as little galleries !

    quietwatercraft said:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:21 am

    My great Aunty left me her button tin, it was so much fun going through and looking at them all again. Her button tin is very different to mine!

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