Friday, January 30, 2015

Buttoned Up...

Buttoned Up Valentine
Recently, the Mister's mother gifted me with about 5000 buttons she has saved over the past 60 years.

She had sorted them by color and size. 
They were stored in a screw / nail box. 

Looking at all these buttons, I was overwhelmed with what to do with them. After all, how many generations do you think these buttons would serve. Then, I remembered seeing something similar on Pinterest.

I pulled out my cross stitch fabric scraps and found a lovely piece of linen that was perfect. I drew a freehand heart and then started selecting buttons, previewing them as I went. Several hours and many miles of white thread later, I had this dear little guy. Click on the picture to embiggen the picture and see all the buttons. They are mah vo lous!

Just look at all the colors!
Aren't they terrific? 

Now, all I need to do is give it a little press, stretch it in the frame, viola! Custom Valentine's Day art!


  1. Looks very sweet (especially the little heart one at the bottom). I inherited my grandmother's button bucket and it has been a treasure. I've been saving a particular mother of pearl button in the shape of a snowflake for the perfect project. Ages ago I tried to make a wreath with the MOP buttons but gave up after sewing on about the billionth button. Got to hand it to you Matty, for having the perseverance to sew that many! Now I feel ashamed that I have several blouses that have been sitting around for ages because they are missing or have a loose button!

  2. Wow! 5000!! You lucky thing :-). Love the heart you made, it is beautiful! Happy weekend, Pam x


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