Organize your button stash with safety pins
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My button box used to be a total disaster. The buttons were loose and disorganized, so I could never find two of the same button without dumping out the whole box. Then I tried stringing them together in logical groups on button thread, but the threads tangled if I kept them too loose, and if I just wanted a few buttons, I had to cut the strand and then restring it.
Finally, I found the perfect solution by “stringing” my buttons on safety pins. There are lots of different-size safety pins available that work well for all but the largest buttons. The safety pins are effective for either shank buttons or those with holes, they don’t get tangled in the box, and I can clearly see how many buttons I have. It’s a snap to take off as many or as few buttons as I need, then simply close the pin again. If I have more buttons than will fit on one pin or if I have two or more sizes of the same style, I just link the pins together through the coil end. This storage method makes button selection a pleasure.
-Elizabeth Merritt, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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