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Organize Your Button Stash

Video: Jeff Roos, Cari Delahanty. Technical Edit: Carol Fresia

If you store buttons in a jar and can never find a matched set, here’s a tip on how to organize your button stash.

You can place your buttons on safety pins. There are safety pins in a wide range of sizes, perfect for all but the largest buttons. They work for buttons with holes or shanks. They don’t get tangled, and you can easily see how many buttons you have of each type.

Sort the buttons and slide each matched set onto a safety pin. If you have many of one kind, or the same style in different sizes, link the associated safety pins together so you can easily and quickly locate all the buttons of one kind.

This method keeps your buttons organized and easy to find and to choose when you need them.

Learn more about buttons in “Buttons 101,” with Threads Contributing Editor Judith Neukam.


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  1. newbeginnings | | #1

    I use little plastic bags to organize my buttons and then organize by color in storage. For white buttons or other buttons with lots of pieces, I indicate "2 hole" or "4 hole". All of these save soooo much time looking for the "one" missing button or the perfect button for the garment. I do use a safety pin to connect carded identical buttons and then store by color.

  2. user-7225691 | | #2

    I use those big weekly pill boxes that have morning, noon, afternoon, and evening rows --7 by 4. Single buttons -with no "friends" to bundle up- live in small clear bottles. I try to further organize these by color families.

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    pkellyspwhatever | | #3

    What a great idea! I will definitely try this. I’m thinking of making a button book with felt or quilted pages to pin the button pins to - that way I can organize them a bit more by size, color, or use. Thanks fo the useful suggestion.

  4. KarinTS | | #4

    I also use small ziplocks. Much less handling of individual buttons needed. And small “collections” of single buttons can easily be stored together however one wants to categorize them- colour, two or four hole or shank, or by material. I keep the baggies in a large cookie tin.

  5. Mixlikes | | #5

    This video is so informative to organize different types of buttons.

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