Sewaholic’s 100 Follower Giveaway!!

Wow! You guys are awesome. I’m now up to 100 followers on Google Friend Connect!

Which means it’s time for a 100 Follower Giveaway!

And I’ve picked something I think is so awesome, I wanted to keep it for myself. Ok, I’ll be honest, I DID keep it for myself the first time I bought it. And the second time… but the THIRD time, it’s for you! (Get your entries in quick, before I’m tempted again…)

Ages ago, I wrote a little post on Button Button, and called it the candy store for the sewaholic. Well, do I have a bag of candy for you…

One pound of vintage buttons! These buttons are from the 50’s and 70’s I’m told. You’ll receive a variety of plastic, cellulose, and metal buttons in all kinds of sizes and colours.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend hours sorting and admiring your button collection.

Look at some of these beauties! This isn’t the actual pound I’m giving away, this is the one I opened up and kept. I didn’t trust myself to open up the bag I wasn’t planning to keep!

I spent way longer than I should admit just playing with the buttons and grouping them together, imagining all the possible uses.

Some styles will have multiples, sometimes there will just be one very cool single button.

I thought this would be a cool giveaway because so many of you live in areas where fabric, buttons and sewing supplies are rare or hard to find. And I have Button Button just a short car ride away!

Here’s the deal: leave me a comment on this post telling me what you’d do with a pound of vintage buttons. OR, share the most interesting use of buttons you’ve seen, bonus points if you link to something you’ve created! I’ll pick a comment randomly to win.

The giveaway’s open to all countries and will close Tuesday, July 27th. (Have to cut it short as I’m going out of town!) I’ll announce the winner that week, and mail off the prize before I go on vacation.

Thanks everyone for all the support!

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115 Responses to Sewaholic’s 100 Follower Giveaway!!

  1. Anne July 23, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    They’re so lovely, I’d love to replace the boring buttons on my rtw clothes.

  2. Jana July 23, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    A pound of candy-colored vintage buttons? I’d be all over a cutesy tank from a dandelion yellow knit I just bought – using the buttons as an embellishment the same way evening gowns use rhinestones and sequins.

  3. Lisa Botts July 23, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    You can never have too many buttons! I have lots of them but can always use more. Like you I just love to sort them by color and size. When you are working on a special project and find just the right button – that to me is an exciting moment. I always have that “I-knew-I’d-find-a-use-for-you” feeling.

  4. Farah July 23, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    Wow…I love buttons. so much. First thing I would so would be to give them to my 7 year old to sort by colour. He would find all the ones he thinks are `special`and keep them, and yell at me if i use them on something for me. I would then give them to my 2.5 year old who would put them in a bowl and pretend they are soup. (Can you tell I have done this before?)

    On second thought would keep them to myself and not let the kids touch them. I would pick one lovely vintage button to sew at the top of the zipper i sew into everything, cause it’s so much nicer then a hook and eye.

  5. Stacy July 23, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    I LOVE Buttons! If I win, they will be sewn with, put into card making, used to adorn a new bag for me, and even added to some new cloths that I want to make from my fabric stash! Buttons are just so cool!

  6. Stacy July 23, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    I also posted a link to the giveaway on my Facebook fan page! Have a great weekend.

  7. Katie July 23, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    My mother inherited a lot of her grandmother’s vintage buttons when she passed away (before I can remember). She found a lamp with a clear, vase-like base, and put the buttons in it so that they are all on display in her living room.

    I don’t think I would use these in that particular way (although I like the idea). I would probably use the buttons to decorate purses or dresses.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. auzzi July 23, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    Besides using a half dozen or so buttons to close up a cute little white eyelet cotton dress I’ve been concocting in my mind, I’d use a bunch of them to create my version of an embellished top… you know those tops that have beaded or embroidered necklines that keep popping up everywhere? I’d sew the buttons half-randomly in a thick band around the neckline instead of using beads or some other means of embellishment. I too love buttons and have inherited some of my mom’s old buttons, some of which she inherited from her own mother. My favourites (the ones I am planning on using first!) are navy buttons with white anchors that supposedly came from a little girl’s dress, and a set of bronze military-style buttons, each one stamped with a different image.

  9. elizabeth July 23, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    Me Me Me!!!! Pick Me!!! I love buttons!!!

    :)

  10. laura July 23, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    i love to use fancy buttons for closures on my purses and handbags – these would be beautiful! :-)

  11. Cynthia July 23, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    What an exciting give-away! I would make cool dog collars for my Akira and put some pretty buttons on the clothes I sew.

  12. Stephanie July 23, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    I have a slight obsession with buttons myself. I have been collecting a certain color scheme for a while…I want to make a bib necklace with them. <3

  13. Trudy Callan July 23, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    The buttons are just gorgeous. Thank you for the generous giveaway and congratulations on reaching 100 followers.

    I would of course use them on outfits I make, but I would have to share them with my 9 year old daughter Emily of Super Stitches, http://www.sewingsister.blogspot.com. I know she would be drooling over these buttons. She loves to puts buttons on everything.

    The children and I made button bouquets. You can see them by going to this link:
    http://artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com/2010/01/button-flower-bouquets.html

    Trudy
    http://www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

  14. Ms.Cleaver July 23, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    I use some of them for dress and some for knitted cardigans. I’d gussy up bags and make some cool button necklaces. I use them to wrap gifts and maybe make a button doll. There’s so many things you can do with a pound!!

  15. Carolyn July 23, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    I have a beautiful mother of pearl button bracelet. . Everytime I wear it, it reminds me of my love of sewing and crafting.

  16. Jenn G July 23, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    I would make even more vintage dresses and blouses for my 4 year old daughter (who rather wear dresses everyday), my 13 year old daughter (blouses only) and my 15 year old daughter (dresses!) and myself!

    Yes – I have 3 daughters! Can you guess how many boys I have?

  17. Suzie July 23, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Yeay! Congrats on making it to 100 followers! And thanks so much for doing such a cool giveaway – I’m excited!!

    Totally LOVE buttons – I’ve been looking all around Belfast for bags like this…but the selection here is so boring and mundane. I need to move to Canada so that I can have Button Button on my doorstep (think I would end up broke! lol).

    If I had this bag of buttons I would DEFINATELY embellish a version of the clutch I just made as I think it would make a really cute detail.

    Or maybe since there are soooo many it would be an opportunity to add a load of them to the base of a plain shift dress to jazz it up (do ppl still say that?! lol) and add interest.

  18. Amalia July 23, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Oh so pretty!

    I’d put these buttons on all my buttonless knit sweaters and hand-made dresses. I’m told I have “button issues”: I go around for weeks, sometimes months, trying to find just the right button.

  19. lap July 23, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Oh what wouldn’t I do with a pound of buttons! I would definitely let some of them inspire the garment, (I usually let my fabric choice do that..) I would definitely use it as a great excuse to make myself the bow-neck Sencha blouse..

  20. Margie July 23, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    I think, with some of the buttons I would make one of those displays to frame for my craft room :) Then I would use the rest to make clothes :)

  21. mindy July 23, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    I love making earings out of buttons. And vintage buttons make them so much cuter!

  22. Sara July 23, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    what a great giveaway! besides using them on clothing (of course) i’ve recently become intrigued with using buttons on fabric flowers and alone for embellishment. i’m planning to make a linen gauze blouse this weekend with some little rosettes at the neckline to jazz it up.

  23. Amy July 23, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Congrats on all your followers! I love your blog. With those buttons, I’d be tempted to make another bracelet like the one I made here http://www.quixoticpixels.com/blog/2010/05/1991/

  24. Janice July 23, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Congrats on your 100 followers!!!

    I’d sort the buttons by colour, then I’d make a bib necklace, sewing all the buttons onto felt an organic shape until the surface is entirely covered, and make ribbon ties on the side. Similar to this by Oscar de la Renta: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod98280078&ecid=NMCIGoogleBaseFeed&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=Y0BZ4

  25. Samina July 23, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Lovely buttons! I’m getting back into sewing after a very long hiatus & I’m rebuilding my stash & supplies. I’m a knitter too, so I’d love to use some nifty buttons in my knit sweaters.

  26. Tilly July 23, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    Ooooh buttons! A friend of a friend (a straight man, in fact) embellishes tops with buttons in lots of lovely ways: http://www.ellisborough.com/. And I’ve been meaning to make this necklace I saw on Burdastyle for ages: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/eclectic-beads

  27. Mary July 23, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    Congrats on the 100 follower mark! I would use the vintage buttons on all my vintage pattern creations! Nothing better than a stash of buttons to go through! Thanks!

  28. Sofia July 23, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    I work down the street from Button Button so I’m going to try to win this bag of awesomeness, but I think the bib necklace is an awesome idea! I had never thought of that and I have quite a few buttons!

    Congrats, Tasia! 100 followers, POPULAR!

  29. Funnygrrl July 23, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Congrats on 100! I would put my faves aside and figure something to make so they could be showcased. Then use others to replace on my RTW. Love your blog!

  30. SewLindaAnn July 23, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    It’s great to leave a comment among so many other button lovers!! Before I could actually use them I would do as so many and sort, admire, touch and play, arrange and arrange again. Play, play, play. I would use them in different projects and new garments (my new undertaking). A few favorites will join some others on my desk space to be admired, a few would go in a frame with beautiful fabric in some sort of shape to be changed on a whim.

  31. Elizabeth July 23, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    I’ve been wanting to make a button necklace forever, but I can’t quite bring myself to make a necklace with modern buttons. They’re not terribly interesting, and they are pricey to boot (at least when needed in quantity as for a necklace). A pound of vintage buttons would be perfect for making an awe-inspiring button necklace.

    Congratulations on 100, and thank you for this lovely chance to win!

    ~Elizabeth
    emadethis.wordpress.com

  32. Jaime July 23, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    I must admit…I’m a little bit of a cheap sewer. Buttons are usually something I’d skimp on – just find some to “work” and get the project finished. But as I’ve been sewing for Self Stitched September, I’m finding my patience and desire for a good result is growing and I’m taking more time in my fabric and notions purchases to get them just right. I’d love to have some beautiful buttons to choose from for Self Stitched September and beyond!

  33. merel July 23, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    I have been wanting to make the burdastyle 07/2010/111A top for me and my sister in a camel coloured jersey and with the vintage buttons that I inherited from my grandmother, but there are not enough of them! Well, not enough of them in (sort of) one colour, anyway, I feel that the multicolour thing that burda is doing is a bit too much. I was thinking of getting ´modern´ buttons from the notions market booth to supplement my grandmothers´, only to find that the guy is on holiday for a month. So that is what I´d love to do with the bag of buttons.

  34. The Cupcake Goddess July 23, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    Oh, oh oh! I want, I want, I want! It would be so fun to sort them into colors as you did and then to mismatch them onto a sweater. How exciting and fun! Or what about the bottom of a skirt or maybe even down the from of a blouse! Lovely giveaway!

  35. Angela July 23, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    I may as well admit this. I don’t know what I’d use them for. I am a horder/stasher/collector-and would love to have this “bag of candy” to add to my welcoming home. If the mood strikes, I’d use them for a bib necklace, the lapels and/or cuffs of a jacket, or jeans, etc.
    Angela

  36. Colleen July 23, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    I’m a brand new, fledgling seamstress and this would help me start building my collection.

  37. Sarah July 23, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    Oh I would love to have all those beautiful buttons! I would probably just sort them, play with them and admire them until I could find just the perfect thing to use them for.

  38. Lisa Lassie Sullivan July 23, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Love buttons, love the colors, love the styles, love everything about them. I would use some of these buttons to make a button collage and then frame it for my bedroom.

    I am a vintage sewer and would add them to clothing too.

    I love the vintage buttons I used on this dress
    http://sassylassiesvintagelife.blogspot.com/2010/07/january-jones-eat-your-heart-outi-dont.html

  39. Tanit-Isis July 23, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Ha! I gave in and bought a mixed-bag of buttons at Zellers the other day, because I have missed having a button collection of my own (my mother and grandmother both have awesome ones—actually much of my mother’s was once my great-grandmother’s) but they won’t give them up.

    I love using mixed buttons (especially pearl ones) as decoration on dance costumes. Here’s a link to a flickr set with some of my favouite button-enhanced items: a vest and headpiece I made for dance, and a Rajastani wedding choli (blouse) decorated with buttons, which I didn’t make but is incredibly awesome.

  40. Ella July 23, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Tasia I would love those buttons! I’m getting married in December and planning to craft my own bouquet from buttons felt, knitted flowers, and fabric, and all of those gorgeous buttons would be perfect for it!

    As a bonus, if you take bribes, if I win we could meet up to pass them off because I’m in the Vancouver area too. Think of the shipping savings…

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Kristie July 23, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    woot woot! 100 followers, You go!

    I love buttons and imagining what kind of garment would be perfect for the button. Something for me or something to sew for my little girl. Ooooh, I want to sort them. They look so pretty in their little color groups.

  42. Bridget July 23, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    I’d probably spend all my time sorting them. I’ve been building up a button box other the last few years and every time I feel down I just sort through them to cheer myself up. Now when I make anything I spend nearly as much time picking my buttons as I do sewing. Now that winter is coming I’m dreaming of a pair of wrist warmers with buttons all down the side also these slippers http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/french-press-felted-slippers, and maybe a few blouses with mismatched buttons all the way up and a really special one at the neck.

  43. Red July 23, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    I would like some button candy! I love letting buttons inspire an entire project, which is how my Anthropologie inspired capelet came to be:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11742775@N05/3404959053 (hopefully this link works…)

    Congratulations on reaching your goal! So glad to be reading your blog!

  44. Nikole July 23, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    First on the list, re-vamping some stuff that i bought. RTW buttons just don’t cut it sometimes….Two, I have a stash that’s looming at home and those buttons would come in very handy with helping me to reduce it. (what would be the point of having such gorgeous buttons if you don’t plan to show them off)

    The most interesting thing I’ve seen with buttons is my classmate sewing two buttons together (on top of each other, wish i had a pic of it now) to create a unique set for her jacket some years ago

  45. learningnewtricks July 23, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    BUTTONS!!! I LOVE BUTTONS!!! I can sit for hours sorting them, admiring each one and, then pick out the special one for my garment. I always take off and replace the ones on store bought clothes with ones from my collection because they are generally so plain and cheap. When I donate clothes to the Assistance League Thrift store here in Santa Barbara, CA, I replace my nice buttons with the cheap ones because I cannot part with my cherished buttons. Even then, it’s hard to part with some of the less favorite buttons. Special buttons can make all the difference and change a so-so garment into something spectacular.

  46. Sox July 23, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Oh Wow! Do you know if Button Button does mail order?
    There was once a store in Winnipeg my friends and I called Button Heaven (I’m not sure what it was actually called). They had scores of buttons; I could spend hours there.
    Obviously not much has changed since I was little. My mother, when she needed some time to get things done, would give me her button jar. I was enthralled for ages.

  47. vwbug July 23, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Wow more buttons to go with the yardssssssssssssssssssssssss of material I have. How cool is that. I have a couple of old glass jars that were my grandma’s that hold all of her buttons. My grandkids and I love going thru them and looking at all the different ones.

    I just came across your blog and have to say I love it. you have a great sewing style keep up the great job

  48. Kristen July 23, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Hi! I would LOVE the buttons! A few years ago I received a huge JAR of buttons from my mother-in-law and with all the knitting and refashioning I’ve been doing, I’ve already worked my way through most of it! I love nothing more than emptying the jar, sorting through them all, and picking out the perfect buttons for a project. I would love to keep that activity going!

  49. Yvette Schock July 23, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I remember the tin canister of buttons my mom always had in the sewing room when I was growing up–I loved the sound they made sliding around in the can, loved to pour them out on the carpet and group and sort and count, loved the feeling on my hand when I reached in to grab a few buttons randomly from the bottom…I’d love to have my own little can of buttons so my niece can know the joys of the button can, too. Until I use the buttons to hold shirts and dresses closed, of course. Or to ornament a belt or handbag. Oh, the possibilities…

  50. Christiana Tegart July 23, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    Oh my goodness…I thought I was the only crazy person who sorts through and organizes her sewing stuff. I sort my buttons by colour too, and I can spend hours looking at and sorting through buttons before I pick the right ones for a sewing project. The Button…button shop sounds glorious…I must put it on my to do list next time I’m in Vancouver.

    Christiana
    http://www.sewamusing.blogspot.com

  51. Evie July 23, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Congratulations and thank you for the splendid giveaway. You’re so lucky living near such a fabulous resource!!!!

    I’ve a design for a vintage styled clutch bag or a tote with a design picked out in buttons. With a pound of these beauties I could do both. :-)

  52. Julie C July 23, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Woaw!!! Congrats!
    With a pound of buttons, I think I would vamp up all my sweaters and make so many cute things!

  53. Misty July 23, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I am currently in the middle of knitting myself a cardigan wardrobe, and cute buttons take a lot of work to find. How nice it would be to go button shopping at home! I’ve also asked my husband to get me a sewing machine for my birthday so I can learn to sew, and I imagine I’ll have lots of uses for buttons once I start!

  54. G July 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    I’m not a button stasher but this could turn me into one. Plus I love to mismatch button (http://lin3arossa.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/nightingale-tunic/) so the fact that there would be some singletons doesn’t bother me one bit.

  55. catherine July 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    I have a terrible but irrational fear of buttonholes, but have finally decided to confront my fears and have declared this the summer of buttonholes!

    I’m thinking though, this would be a dandy way to begin the adventure! With something to put *in* the buttonholes ;)

  56. Steph July 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Oh my. I love buttons. LOVE. I would probably pet them for awhile and eventually find the *perfect* garment for them to live on. I especially love to incorporate the vintage buttons into my children’s clothing projects!

  57. Zeila July 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Well, Tasia, I love vintage buttons, not just to play with, but to sew on all my wearables, me-made or from the store. I once had a job in the garment industry where I got to choose buttons all day. I still sigh when I think of it.

  58. SecondFiddle July 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Oh my goodness *drools*

    I would spend a good few hours first spreading these buttons all over my lounge floor and arranging them by size, then colour, then style…

    Then I would use them to adorn cushion covers and cardigans, with some left over to be used as doll eyes and to grace hats and brooches. I’ll be honest though, the super nice ones I’ll probably just keep to look at!

  59. ~Sherry~ July 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Congratulations on 100 followers Tasia! What a gorgeous bag of buttons, it must be so hard to give them away!
    What would I do with them? First I’d just ooh and aah over them for a day, toy with them and sort them into colours like you have done! I’d be so excited to receive them I think I’d dedicate a whole blog post!
    Then I’d pick out my absolute faves and design a garment that will showcase them. I can’t say what it would be – it totally depends on the buttons and how they inspire me. I remember once seeing a wedding dress covered in tiny pearly shell buttons in a swirling pattern, it was stunning but I am not mad enought to make that!
    The special thing about vintage buttons is they evoke memories – of garments you once owned, of people who used them before you, of places you bought them from. So I’d probably think of you and your generosity whenever I used these buttons!

  60. Jasonda July 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Best.. giveaway… ever. :) Since I am working on my holiday fabric line right now, all I can think about would be Christmasy things like stuffed fabric ornaments and mini christmas stockings covered in cute sparkly buttons!

  61. Stardreamer6 July 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    Oooh!! I saw a tutorial for making earrings out of Vintage buttons that I would love to try, I also want to embellish a pair of flats and those would be perfect!. Congrats on your 100 follower!!!

  62. Gail July 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    I fancy the green buttons!

  63. Kat July 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Thve lovely dear fii makes some super cute button bracelets and button heart brooches. If I was to win I would definately try my hand at making one of her bracelets.

  64. Alana July 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    Oooo…. so exciting. I’ve just ordered my very first vintage pattern off ebay. It’s a 70’s hooded coat with a buttoned tab at the centre front neck. I’m on the hunt for the perfect buttons

  65. Dilliander July 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I haven’t delved into vintage sewing yet, but this bag of button candy from the 50s and 70s is just the inspiration I need to get started. I love the colours and textures, what a lovely way to celebrate 100! Congratulations.

  66. woolcat July 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    I have a nice little button stash, most of it acquired at Button Button actually when I lived in New West… then it closed down for a while and I could not stock up before I moved. So sad. Have you ever used the vintage underwear buttons? I love those!

    I love mismatched buttons as a decorative feature, especially when they are used liberally – I could imagine doing a top with a round neck, all covered in buttons. Mind you knowing me I would get sick of sewing them all on!

  67. Vineta July 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Given my slightly OCD nature, I’d probably sort them and organize them and agonize over which ones to use for which project! I have a box of old buttons that my husband’s grandmother gave me, so these buttons would be in great company. Now I just have to get over my fear of buttonholes and use them up!

  68. Nadia July 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    I have never entered a giveaway before, however after seeing your buttons in they’re sorted glory, I just have to have a huge bag just like that. It would be pretty sweet timing because I am in the middle of making my first winter coat and cannot find the perfect buttons. There isn’t much in the way of sewing stores where I live, let alone a store dedicated to buttons, so I am sure there is a set of buttons in the bag of buttons that will be perfect for my coat.

  69. Tasia July 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    Hurrah – nothing like a freebie to get people talking! Hello, everyone! I love all your amazing reasons of why you need these buttons and what you’d do with them if you won. And I feel especially close to all of you who would play, admire and organize them first.
    I wish ALL of you could win! Keep the comments coming, you have till Tuesday (is that what I said?) Good luck, button lovers!

  70. Kara July 23, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    OH MY GOSH what a perfect prize! When you originally posted about Button Button I was just drooling! I’m so envious. I’d love a store like that!
    I’m one of those who lives in a town with sparse sewing supplies. I’d love to have those buttons! I’ve been wanting some cool buttons to add to purses or some pretty not-plain buttons for a blouse I’m planning on making soon. And I love big statement-type buttons for coats!

    Congratulations on 100 followers! You deserve it. Yours is one of my favorite sewing blogs!

  71. Alexandra Robertson July 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    l have to find the perfect button for every project. I have made a few little clutch purses and the thought of putting less then gorgeous buttons on them just about kills me. Looking at the photos I know I will finally be able finish my little projects.

    Congratulations on your 100 followers – I love reading about your sewing adventures Xx

  72. Dana July 24, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    LOVE THIS! My grandma used to keep this huge jar of buttons and I loved to sort through theme. I especially loved sorting out the mother of pearl ones. Now those were my favorite. Oh the things i would make: I think i’d love to make a button clutch, as in, a cluth with lots and lots of wonderful buttons adorning it. Most definitely up there on my list. I’ll have to think of more original ideas I suppose! Ha. : )

  73. Renay July 24, 2010 at 3:07 am #

    Ohhh Buttons! I do have a bit of a button fetish. These would be used to finish off all of the things that I have lying around waiting for the perfect buttons!!! They all look so pretty :-)
    Congrats on the hundred followers and to many more. Love your blog!

  74. Katha July 24, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    OOOOOH! congratulations for 100 followers! all things you make are sooooo pretty!
    as for the buttons… id first play the sorting game and covert over every one of them. >.< then i would put them onto this blouse design ive had in my head for a while with pretty butons everywhere!

  75. Jessica July 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Oooooooooooooooh … crafter’s candy! Hehehe. I tried to make a button sweater once and was dissatisfied with the results, but I’d love to try again. Or else I’d go over the top with non-matching buttons and probably make some article of clothing specifically to showcase the buttons :-).

    Congrats on 100 followers! :-D.

  76. Krysta July 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    I’m a new sewer/broke university student and therefore have not accumulated a large stash of gorgeous things such as vintage buttons. This is why I cry myself to sleep every night.

    I would sort them by colour and size and keep them in my file cabinet, in little ziploc bags, pinned to hanging files. I simply don’t do enough filing in my part time job as a file clerk, you see.

    And what would I make? SO. MANY. CARDIGANS. I have a cardi fetish. Wanting to make my own interesting ones is one of the things that got me into sewing in the first place.

  77. Jenn July 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    First, I would spend a few days sorting and grouping and arranging buttons. After I had created a bunch of little button batches, I would select one batch from the group, and hunt for the perfect pattern (whether knitting, crafting, sewing or designing) for it, then complete and repeat!

    I know, I know, it sounds a little backwards to select a project to fit the buttons rather than the other way around, but I think it could be a fun little project!

  78. B @ Sweet Limes July 24, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    Have to admit I’m a button addict and I add buttons to anything I can! Oh I’d love to have these join my sewing room. You’re so right about spending FOREVER organizing them and looking at them….that’s one of the charms of a bag of buttons.

  79. Jen July 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Remember those “grab” bags at church fairs and crafts stores? You could bask in the wonder of what was inside them and then make that special choice of the bag you would pick . When I was a little girl I had a theory that the lightest, simplest looking package would hold a very special treasure. Sometimes I was right, but sometimes not. That didn’t matter in the least. It was the anticipation of making the discovery and carefully examining the surprises within. This giveaway reminds me of that feeling. Although I know they are gorgeous vintage buttons, each one is a little treasure to be examined. I would let each of my three daughters select her favorite button to place on her “inspiration and creativity” bulletin board by her desk, or some other special spot in her room. They are a creative trio ! :) Then I would place the other buttons in a clear glass jar (my Nana did this, too) to savor and peruse through when a “perfect button” choice was necessary.

  80. Catherine July 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Oh how lovely! I have wonderful memories of my mum’s button collection – I used to play with it for hours (still would if she lived nearer!) and then she used to let me choose some and she would sew them onto my bear’s coat or something. I still remember many of the buttons and the design on the bag she used to keep them in – and this was back in the 70’s! I can imagine my 2.5 year old son and I would have fun counting them and naming colours/shapes and so on. I could use some of them to complete some of the ‘vintage clothing with issues’ that I keep rescuing! I would also use them to make my (total!) beginner sewing look more special. Congratulations on reaching the 100 – I had been signed up to the email of your blog for 2-3 months (thank you for all the inspiration!) and couldn’t resist signing up to follow via google when I saw you at 99! Have a wonderful holiday.

  81. Rebecca July 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Wow congratulitions on 100 followers!
    And holy cow one pound! that a lot of buttons and a lot of possible projects that could be made fabulous by such beautiful vintage buttons. I remember reading your post about that button store and wishing i could head over to B.C, really quick for a shopping spree.
    My main priority (after i sorted them by color and put in pretty dishes about my sewing table) would be this off white button up tunic that i just made about a week ago and was planning on putting mismatching buttons on. Problem is i haven’t been able to find any buttons with enough personality and that go together ascetically. So your giveaway has actually come at a great time for me!

  82. Linda L July 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    I can understand why you have 100 followers! Great sewing blog. A pound of buttons that is so cool! I would use them on various sewing projects. Some of the buttons I saw in your post are some I have one or two of now, so they would become a relative to those I have now. Thanks for giving something away and I hope I am a lucky winner.

  83. mjb July 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    I’d save some for sewing projects and add others to mini-quilts or embroidery projects.

  84. Lisa July 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    Wow, how crazy awesome is this giveaway?! With a pound of vintage buttons I would bake myself a vintage-button pie! Or um, sew them all over my clothes. I am imagining the Beignet skirt from Colette patterns in a simple, solid fabric, with twelve mismatched-yet-stylishly-coordinated vintage buttons as the standout detail. I could make it so many times!

  85. Suzie July 26, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    Hmmm…I had commented on this post already – but I can’t see my comment up hear so maybe I deleted it or something??!!! Anyway, just incase it’s not there I’m submitting another comment so that I don’t miss out on the chance of winning these fab buttons!

    :)

  86. Sam July 26, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    Congrats!! Vintage buttons are so great for dresses for my 3-year-old – sometimes I only need one, so a pound of random buttons would be awesome. Plus mix and match buttons totally work for a preschooler!

  87. natalli July 26, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    what a great giveaway! I once saw a cardigan with lots of different vintage buttons on it. It was so lovely, I’d love to try it myself!

  88. Audrey July 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Thank you so much and congrats on your 100th follower! So many amazing buttons in the photos! I would love to have so many choices when making something that needs buttons. I bought some vintage buttons (50 cents a piece) to sew on this dress for my one-year old niece. I doubt she noticed. ;)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oJCP08v0oCQ/SxLo83A2wnI/AAAAAAAAAZU/mn09JOV0fHo/s1600/DSC01015.JPG

  89. Modern Suzie July 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Congrats on the 100ths follower!
    I love buttons (but really who doesn’t?). I would make a dress with two long rows of buttons down the front and possibly frame some of the prettiest ones to display in my sewing room.

  90. Linnea July 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    LOVE IT! I’m so obsessed with buttons but have not had the pleasure of discovering a trove of such beauties. If I had a pound of buttons I’d do a number of things. First I’d sew a bunch of them to a newsboy cap a la anthropologie a few seasons ago. Then, I’d adorn a cardigan or 2 (mismatch buttons can be really darling). I might make some jewelry. And after all the work is done, I’d pour the remaining buttons on my bed and lay down on them in joy just because I can.

  91. Cathi July 26, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    With a pound of buttons I would sit down with my two daughters and make bracelets out of buttons with them and tell them stories about their great-grandmother who used to share *her* button collection with me so we could make button bracelets together.

  92. Sabrina July 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    I was obsessed with buttons as a kid and I’d go through my mom’s stash sorting them out just like you did!! What would I do with mine? Well, after sorting them out by color and size (duh) I’d think about making a button headband or some kind of accessory adorned with buttons!!

  93. rothy July 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    I would HOARD them! and then very stingily and reluctantly use them on only the very most deserving projects.

  94. Rose in SV July 27, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    Congratulations on 100 followers! I would use the buttons for blouses and other garments. What a fun selection.

    Rose in SV

  95. Lady J July 27, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    Wow, they look fabulous! I would put the pound of buttons in my handbag so i could swing it around and cause havoc in sample sales/crowded bars. or, you know, sew them on some stuff.

  96. CrazyVet July 27, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    Congrats!
    If I won such a treasure, I would impart some of the abundance on my cousin who wants to make herself a dress all buttoned up and the rest, incorporate into my dresses and skirts, which are never as good without some buttons :)

  97. CGCouture July 27, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    Congrats on your following! :-) I love putting buttons on my son’s clothes so that he can easily tell front from back, maybe if I win I’ll find some cool ones to put on for him. :-)

  98. Robin M July 27, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    I enjoy your blog. I would use these buttons not only for dresses and blouses that I sew, but also for cardigans that I knit. I also like to replace the buttons on my ready-to-wear clothing with great vintage ones, which makes for a unique and more expensive look. Plus, I might use some of the buttons to make fun bracelets for my two fashion-plate little girls.

  99. Emma July 27, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    I would replace buttons on my cardigans and dresses with those fantastic vintage buttons!

  100. Heather in Oregon July 27, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    I love, love, love buttons. I too like to sort them by color, or size, or similar material. I like to put lots of different buttons on a plain cardigan (especially nice with flower that you can add a variety of small buttons to the center of), I like them on hats, and I love putting wonderful buttons on my own and DD’s dresses and blouses. DD (age 4) is already and button lover and everywhere we go that has some she makes a beeline for the button racks and will look through each and every one. Last year I passed up the opportunity to buy a couple of 1lb sacks of vintage buttons at an estate sale because I didn’t have any cash on me and I’ve been kicking myself ever since.

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