Organizing Buttons

I have a strange obsession with buttons ever since I remember being me. My grandmother had a big box, like a huge cylindrical box filled with buttons, it was so heavy, and I lost hours taking all buttons out just to see them and review them, listening to the rattle of the buttons like a it was a magical symphony.

Later I ended up organizing them in boxes by color, this was pretty much when I began to suffer the first organization fevers!

Interestingly my grandmother’s buttons are not part of my legacy and I think they are my mother’s house. Which means that until very recently I had few buttons, only the ones that comes with new clothes as spare parts!

A little over a month ago I was contacted by a lady who was selling all haberdashery supplies from a family business (another closed store) and I ended up buying her, among other things, the buttons “leftovers” collected over the years.

And now I have a big “problem” in my hands! How will I organize in an efficiently way all my new buttons?! I searched on Pinterest and although the buttons on jars and jugs seduce me, I still find it a very effective solution for decoration but poor effective as a organizing method for a “seamstress”.

For now all they are divided by color as I keep seeking an effective solution for organizing them. I want to find a way that when I need to have a button I don’t have to empty the boxes and jars looking for a needle in a haystack.

And you? How you organize your buttons?

Always the most obvious solution! Recreate old cards where the buttons, springs and brackets were sewn. With a vintage style and loads of charm!

For me it works better than any other solution. This way I can have my buttons near my eyes, I know exactly what I have and how many I have, and I just have to choose fram one card.

Of course it takes time to sew the buttons on the cards, but it lets you organize them and sort them by color, shape and size, as you would found on an old vintage haberdashery!

E ficam tão lindos! É uma mariquice eu sei, mas eu, que sou tão obcecada por botões, não consigo para de olhar para eles, e tem sido melhor do que terapia coser os botões nos cartões, escolhe-los, juntá-los, organizá-los…

And they are so beautiful! Silly me! I know, but I’m so obsessed with buttons that I can not stop looking at them, and it has been better than therapy sewing the buttons on cards, choosing them, joining them, organizing them …

E porque me faz sorrir ver os meus botões vou partilhar os cartões contigo, para que os possas imprimir no conforto do teu lar e para que possas organizar os teus botões desta maneira. Aqui encontrarás um ficheiro .pdf com cerca de 9MB e 9 páginas de cartões. Tens 36 cartões diferentes para escolheres e usares na organização dos teus botões.

And because my button cards make me smile I’m sharing this cards with you so that you can print them in the comfort of your home and so you can organize your buttons this way. Here you will find a 9MB .pdf file with 9 pages of cards. You have 36 different cards to choose and use to organize your buttons.

E já sabes, quando acabares de organizar os teus botões tira-lhes uma bonita fotografia para partilhares comigo, e com quem me lê o teu trabalho!

And when you’re done organizing your buttons take them a beautiful picture to share with me, and with those who read me so we can admire your work!

Now get to work! Click the button to download my button cards!

button cards