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Scrap Happy Valentines

February 14, 2019

my scrappy creations are getting smaller

I’ve made – and collected – buttons since childhood

when I was a child the treasures in Grandma’s button jar were fascinating

for this month’s scrap happy I gathered some Japanese and indigo dyed scraps

plastic rings from someone’s collection I bought at a garage sale years ago

cut a circle of fabric

turn in the raw edge and gather

add a pinch of quilt batting to soften the plastic

pull up and stitch on the back

add a broach pin or stitch a buttonhole loop

stitch, add beads or leave the front plain

while gathering materials I came across these buttons made a few years ago

perfect for Valentine’s Day or small granddaughters

and then the prayer flag for February 2016

made from handwoven scraps

be kind to each other

love and chocolate to all!

afternoon update

1/2″ buttons (the smallest ring I have)

maybe they are small enough for my Hitty friends

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen and Connie

another update – I’m surprised that there is so much interest in buttons

this is an excellent book for making many different types of buttons

author is Nancy Nehring

26 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2019 11:43 am

    I have a few buttons from my grandmother, mom and my own childhood. Never knew how to use them, or if I should… What a clever use. Thanks!


  2. February 17, 2019 1:14 am

    I love this post. Thank you. I too have my Gran’s button box – she kept buttons from all her favourite items, and also had a tin of ‘specials’ which contained buttons from all the people in her life she lost along the way. I have been using them to make moulds, from which I then cast silver and make pendants and charms. You’ve given me an idea for next month’s post!


    • February 17, 2019 8:59 am

      Dawn – love you Gran’s story, especially that she kept buttons belonging to loved ones, never heard of that before. My Mom’s/Grand’s are just an odd collection of ones I think they reused, some early plastic that are melted a bit from a hot iron. Hope you are going to post jewelry pieces made from button moulds, I’ll be looking for them.


      • February 18, 2019 9:09 am

        of course I will. and I’ll try and remember to send you a link when I do. Thanks for the encouragement


      • February 18, 2019 9:55 am

        Dawn – because we do so much of our work alone it is good to have creative support and encouragement from like minded people. It is what keeps me going – and is sometimes sadly lacking.


      • February 19, 2019 2:57 am



  3. Nanette permalink
    February 16, 2019 9:07 pm

    Wonderful indigo buttons and love your hearts on a prayer flag.


  4. mlmcspadden permalink
    February 15, 2019 11:26 am

    Very clever work for the buttons!


  5. February 15, 2019 10:31 am

    I’m with Kate, thanks for the tutorial. 🙂 I’ve known folks who make beaded buttons – this method makes it look more do-able for me.


    • February 15, 2019 11:03 am

      Sue – I have made beaded buttons too and many Dorset (traditional woven) buttons.
      And needle woven wool buttons, maybe I’ll do them for next month’s scrap happy. An excellent book for button making is “50 Heirloom Buttons to Make” by Nancy Nehring.

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  6. February 15, 2019 3:47 am

    I LOVE those indigo buttons! What a clever scrappy project!


    • February 15, 2019 7:52 am

      Kerry – it is satisfying to make something that doesn’t take long from start to finish.


  7. February 14, 2019 2:56 pm

    Thank you! I love the mini tutorial on making fabric buttons, and it’s something I’ll file away for future reference. Great ScrapHappy post, and may your chocolate never run out 🙂


    • February 14, 2019 3:58 pm

      Kate – thank you! hope you enjoy making and using your own buttons. Couldn’t live without chocolate.


      • February 14, 2019 4:05 pm

        It’s a very pretty alternative to those bulky covered buttons. My chocolate consumption is sadly rather limited by lactose intolerance, but I did manage to get some in on our recent trip!


      • February 14, 2019 10:01 pm

        Kate – a little bit is better than none.


  8. claire93 permalink
    February 14, 2019 1:26 pm

    these look lots of fun!


  9. February 14, 2019 11:54 am

    Beautiful “scrap” buttons…I have some of those rings lying around…hmmm


    • February 14, 2019 12:03 pm

      Kjerstin – yes, the smallest rings I have are 1/2″ (1.2cm). I’ve started a couple Hitty sized ones, if they work I’ll pass them on.


  10. February 14, 2019 11:11 am

    Love your new buttons and the hearts.


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