Jan 26

Thursday Favorite Things: Jars and Jars of Vintage Buttons

I have been sewing since I was a pre-teen, starting off with doll clothes and then gradually teaching myself how to sew for myself. As a young mom, I loved to sew for my children, and as they got older, I continued to sew most of the clothing that we all wore. Even jammies and play clothes! When my oldest daughter went off to college, she requested that I sew her a few dresses for her new wardrobe. I was surprised that she wanted to wear “home made” clothing in college, but I was also honored that she made the request.

So we found a couple of patterns that she liked, went shopping for fabric, trims, and buttons, and made her several dresses that she wore all through her years at college. I have made her a few more dresses now that she is all grown-up, and now I get to sew for her little girls  ;o) She also now sews, and loves to create things for her own little family.

Along the way, as most of us who love to sew, I have accumulated a vast “stash” of fabric, notions, embellishments, beads, lace, ribbons, and buttons. The buttons are my favorite! I love to sort through the jars of vintage buttons on the shelf in my sewing studio to see if I can find the perfect old button to embellish my latest sewing or craft project. I use buttons everywhere! On clothing, on shoes, on handbags, on art journals, in scrapbooks, and on home decor items such as embellished boxes or pillows.

Several years ago I was wandering through an antique mall when I came across several old Ball canning jars filled with vintage buttons. Each jar was around $5.00 or $6.00 so I bought four of them. Those jars of buttons have been the inspiration for many craft and sewing projects! Annie likes to hang out with me in the sewing studio and while I’m whizzing away on the sewing machine, she will sit at the table beside me and string buttons with a needle and thread for a couple of hours at a time.

I remember when my big kids were little, my youngest son (who is now a daddy himself!) would sit on the floor or on the bed while I was sewing and he would sort the spools of thread by colors and sizes. He would unwind some of the thread and wind it back up on the spools. He would sit there for hours organizing my spools of thread and we would talk about . . . . . whatever four-year-old little boys talk about with Mama!

So when Annie got out the thread the other day and started sorting all the spools by size and color, it brought back some treasured memories. And it reminded me that life has a way of moving on – and those moments can be held in our hearts long after those little ones grow up and no longer sit with Mama in the sewing room and string buttons and count spools of thread. Don’t miss those moments, because one day those memories will be treasures held within your heart. I love my jars and jars of buttons, and my spools of thread because they keep me close to my babies.

What are some of your favorite things? If you would like to share them with us this week for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop, please link up below and then be sure to visit the other participants and leave a comment so they know you stopped by. And don’t forget to pop on over to Katherine at Katherine’s Corner, our weekly hostess for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I’ll stop by to visit you later this afternoon if you leave your link! Have a great Thursday, Nina



  1. patrice

    I’ve sewn all of my life. Jars of buttons would be so warm and welcoming to me. I have a large tin of old buttons, but this post has inspired me to display them in old canning jars. Thanks.

  2. Create With Joy

    Dear Nina
    It is so good to hear from you! I love buttons too and enjoyed your post!
    Did I tell you I launched two new memes this year, Inspire Me Monday and Friendship Friday? Please check them out and join them when you can – you’ll love the people who are participating!

    I hope the girls are well and look forward to catching up more about books reviews and blogging stuff soon!


  3. Katherines Corner

    I love all of your buttons sweet friend. Thank you for always participating in the Thursday favorite things. xo

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