Monday, January 7, 2019

Button Storage

I was looking for buttons for my crazy quilt block and was sort of wishing I had something else I could store them in.  I had them in spice jars that were on a turntable.  That didn't work too bad as they were sorted by color but I had to dump them out if I was trying to find a nice mix.  It dawned on me I had bought this nice photo storage box at Hobby Lobby awhile back.  It consisted of smaller acid free boxes made to hold a group of standard sized photos.  Those 16 boxes fit neatly into a larger box that latched and had a handle for carrying.

I started dumping the buttons into the boxes according to color, including a box for clear buttons, silver and gold.  I had a lot of black buttons so did one box for large black buttons and another for small black buttons.

They fit!

The only ones that didn't fit were my white buttons.  I ended up putting them in another plastic box I had.  I think it was for pencils or school supplies or something.

This was my old button storage.  These spice jar turntables were at the dollar store and I sort of went crazy buying all I could find since a few years ago they were only about $5 as I recall.

Other uses I found for them were for jewelry findings, some pearls and chip beads...

Now to get back to stitching on my January block and avoid getting distracted, but I keep thinking of things I can put into the spice jars I just emptied.


Shirlee Fassell said...

WOW I thought I had a lot of buttons! Great way to organize them!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Looks like a great way to store your buttons - but I'm afraid my collection takes up a lot more space and wouldn't fit. I had fourteen very large jars of buttons but am now down to *only* ten after having turfed a ton of them to the thrift store in my studio clean out last year. I have been on the receiving end of far too many other button collections (why can't I learn to say no?!!!). One day I will go through the ones I still have and hopefully whittle them down even more.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Shirlee, I'm not sure where all the buttons came from. I think they multiply in the dark. It sounds like Debbie/Magpie Mumblings wins with all her buttons. Thank you both for leaving a comment!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Hmmm - I don't think I win Connie - I think my collection narrowly escapes being called hoarding!! (btw - it's MA, not Debbie)

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

So sorry MA! I knew I was going to mix up you at Magpie Mumblings and Debbie at Mosaic Magpie one day. I thought you downsized a bunch when you moved a few years back? Like I said, they multiply when you aren't looking.