Cute as a Button

I don’t sew much (read ever) unless it’s a little hole that needs stitching up or a hem here and there. I do replace buttons, however. It’s an easy way to change up a pair of pants you’ve grown bored with or retro out a modern coat. I have hundreds of vintage buttons in greens, blues, pinks, yellows…It’s an accumulated collection from multiple estate & rummage sales, thrift stores, hand-me-downs, etc.

This morning I felt my outfit needed some pizazz. So I rifled through my button trunk and found a few contestants I thought could be accessorized into…necklaces!

I used one strand of red string for the tear drop-like button and a brown strand for the circular button. I found a little red wooden bead to add, tied a knot to a clasp I had in my sewing basket and in less than ten minutes I have today’s accessories!

I’m not a jeweler by any stretch of the imagination, but these simple oldies (but newbies) were easy, practically free and absolutely recyclable when I get bored with them. They’ll probably end up on a sweater this Fall.


15 thoughts on “Cute as a Button

    1. why thank you! i’ll need to get you a button of your own, ha! i love when the simplest ideas/projects are rewarding. thanks again for your compliment. happy tuesday!

  1. How pretty! I love the shape of that tear drop button. Such a creative non-sewer you are! There are some really cool and unique buttons out there (obviously you have many!) I love to use buttons for clasps as well ….. especially with leather string necklaces and bracelets.
    Love the red string choice. Always the stylish one!

    1. thanks, amiga! i love the shape of that button too. i’ve been trying to think how i would actually use it as a button, so this is a good function for it until something comes to mind. it’s definitely not the stuff you come up with, but hey!, neither is my house πŸ˜‰ happy almost midweek!

      1. The shape is perfect as a pendant! AND don’t you dare say that!!!! I LOVE what you did. I was looking at it and loving the simplicity and the pretty red string and thinking “now why the hell can’t I come up with something that cool”. I think you probably have no idea how much I envy your style and talent. So let me just say you fascinate me and I love seeing what you make/do/like/design. AWESOME my friend, so awesome. (hugs)

      2. you’re too kind, my friend! i’m glad we inspire each other (not to mention crack each other up). and tomorrow’s wednesday…this weekend’s commmmiiinnnnggg!!

    1. thank you! hopefully there’s an estate sale near you where you can buy loads of buttons for cheap! they’re so expensive at retail stores (and sometimes not as cool)! happy button-ing! πŸ™‚

  2. Clever! Love the red string and the trifecta.

    When I was a teen, my mother and I covered the collar of a black dress with her collection of vintage buttons. Still have that somewhere….(I think…I hope!)

    1. “trifecta”, that’s a $3 word right there! thanks for the compliment! and i can TOTALLY see how that dress must have looked. that’s awesome (and what a great memory). i hope you have it! you should write a post on that little number if you find it, i’d love to see it!

    1. thanks, edwina. means more to me since you do sew! one day i’ll need to hunker down and take some classes. i often think of all the things i could do if i could!

      1. i taught myself to sew…you can too. patterns are written with every step, and once you can drive a sewing machine (get one from a thrift shop, $10) experiment and enjoy. you have a designers eye…i think you’ll be great!

    1. thanks, thrifthangover (love that name)! one of my favorite colors is teal and i love wearing it especially with the contrast of that color. i appreciate your compliment!

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