I know not all sewists accumulate large stashes of sewing supplies, but I certainly do. Buttons have always been something that have stymied me a bit – how do I organize my button stash so that it is functional? I’ve stumbled onto a solution that makes things both organized and pretty, so I thought I would share!
I have purchased almost none of the buttons in my stash – they are the sort of thing that I have inherited from friends and family (including from a couple of my grandmothers). Accordingly, they range from single buttons to sets of more than a dozen. I divided my buttons out by the number of buttons in the set, since I hardly want to dig through all of them if I know I need many of the same button. I put together one jar of single buttons, one jar of sets of 2-5, one jar of 6 or more, and one jar of baggies full of more than 20 of the same button. I used an assortment of french glass canning jars that I had in the cupboard, but any jar or tin will do.
To keep the buttons in sets, I sewed each group together. It took an evening of sitting on the couch to do so, but it was kind of fun as I got to ooh and aah over what I had while I did so (and I’m generally a big fan of organizing things so it was quite satisfying!). Now, when I need buttons, I can easily pour out the right size jar on to my counter, pick out the button set I want to use, and sweep the rest back in to place.
Do you stash buttons? Do you have a solution for how to organize your buttons?