Vintage Buttons!

My wife’s grandma just gave me her Tiffany Cigar box full of buttons during our visit last weekend. She said she was never going to use them, so I gratefully accepted the gift. The kids already love playing with them just in the box. Then I drew up some animals and pictures that they could place the buttons onto, which was a big hit also. I can’t wait to start using some of them in toys and clothing.


  1. happyenrose
    January 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    good idea, now I know what do to with all my lovely buttons!

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  2. Jen
    January 23, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Vintage buttons are my favorite! Love the illustration. I've been using them in clothing I've made from vintage cloth, but its so hard to part with them.

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  3. oyo
    January 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I love this idea ! Simple and great !

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  4. Karumen
    February 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    i also have box full of unused buttons (on a side note, it's always the button i need that isn't there!) i had been thinking of sewing them onto a tote bag of mine...but have been too lazy to do it... hehe

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  5. Laura
    February 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Neat idea! I should start saving all the extra buttons that are attached to new clothing pieces.
    Laura in Ludwigsburg

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  6. y
    March 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    be my father joel!!!!i loved your designs...and i think your children are luckiest children of the world ever!!!

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  7. Kerry
    July 14, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I played with a box like that when I was a little girl at my grandmother's house. A lovely memory, thanks for the reminder of how persistent a simple pleasure is. I'm so glad I found your blog while my children are still very young.

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  9. October 21, 2011 at 3:40 am

    what a fabulous gift - and I love what you have used them for!

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  11. ellie
    June 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

    consider giving unused buttons to your local kindergarten or art teacher. i used buttons in my classroom for 32 years.

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