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05-18-2008, 03:03 PM
Hi everyone. I'm finishing up my first project that requires buttons (talia from knitty) and I have no idea where to look for cute buttons so I'm looking for some ideas. Anyone have suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

05-18-2008, 03:31 PM
I go to the laundrymat and steal them off people's clothes when they aren't looking.

05-18-2008, 03:36 PM
So THAT's why they are always missing! I knew it! :)

05-18-2008, 03:56 PM
Hi everyone. I'm finishing up my first project that requires buttons (talia from knitty) and I have no idea where to look for cute buttons so I'm looking for some ideas. Anyone have suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
Sarah I find some at Joann fabric's. Also our new LYS has a great selection, a little pricey if you have lots of $$$ you need to spend :noway:

05-18-2008, 06:51 PM
I don't live in a button rich area. Sometimes I find buttons at Joann Fabics, and I have also found a some at a locally owned quilt shop (actually I have found really nice buttons at another quilt shop I got to go to). I have even gotten buttons from Wal-Mart, but selection and quality are not the greatest.

I have also made finds at second hand stores. I found one once that had the left overs of buttons (brand new) from when a fabric shop closed down. I bought a whole bunch. And close to Knitting Guy's idea, I have looked at clothes at second hand stores for nice buttons, but I actually buy the item and then salvage the buttons. LOL Yard sales are another possibility, and the season is just starting here. :-)

05-18-2008, 10:03 PM
My Joann's has a few but they never seem to have what I need at the time. My LYS has a few, and a quilt shop nearby has a great selection. Next time I need some buttons, I'm going to the quilt shop first!

05-19-2008, 02:21 AM
I usually get buttons at Walmart. But then, I've never made a nice garment that needed buttons.

05-19-2008, 07:00 AM
I get my buttons... at thrift shops and yard sales.

In other words, I collect buttons whenever I can and keep them in a big coffee can.

Then whenever I need some, I pour the whole thing out onto the table, sort through and choose just the right style, color and size - and scoop the rest back into the can.


PS - this coffee can makes... a great doorstop! ;)

05-19-2008, 07:30 AM
there are some cool online shops for different buttons. I too got some cool ones at Joannes, but was in need of something.....cooler.
I go to:
also I LOVE www.buttonbug.com (http://www.buttonbug.com)

05-19-2008, 07:40 AM
I get them at my sewing store, old clothes ready for the rag bag, my LYS and any that I find. I wondered where the buttons from my laundry went, lol lol.
AC Moore has a good supply of them.

05-19-2008, 08:25 AM
I have my grandmother's button box... (she sewed and taught me how to sew)

I do take them off of clothing that I'm going to throw away.

I am also fortunate to live where I do.. (less than a month left now) ... because there is a huge button market... nice, nice, nice buttons... which reminds me... after the movers get here and haul my things away... I need to go make a trip to the button building... and just mail anything that I buy before I leave.. (so, thanks for reminding me that I need more buttons 'for the future)...

If I was going to be here longer- I'd help you out-- but, I won't be able to get to the market until probably the day before I fly and I'm just absolutely swamped with THINGS TO DO right now.

05-19-2008, 04:30 PM
This morning I saw some awesome buttons at Walmart, of all places! Lots of styles and designs, out of the ordinary.

05-19-2008, 04:49 PM
I love a good button. I've found some nice ones at my little lys, and Wal-mart upon occasion - especially for kids sweaters and things. I always keep the extras that come with clothes too. And I have ordered some nice ones from here (http://www.JimmyBeansWool.com/secure-html/onlineec/buttonsHome.asp).

Hope that helps!

05-19-2008, 04:55 PM
I have found a button heaven, there is a store 15 miles from me that if just called Family Center, in thier sewing department they have a cabinet of drawers and each drawer had different colors buttons in it. All different types and shades, I love going there to look through them and find the right one for my project.
I think most of them are old stock, because it is an older store. Oh, and the button price is based on a chart with circles drawn on it, if the button fits the circel, that is the price.
But button shopping is fun.

Tutu Carol
05-21-2008, 08:36 PM
I found bags of buttons @ Michaels (it is a craft store) ($4.00/bag)

05-21-2008, 09:25 PM
My local Joann's here in LA has a truly dismal selection but, fortunately, there are some independent fabric stores, and shops that cater to 'the industry,' where there are tons of choices (literally walls of buttons displayed). Having said that, sometimes there are so many it's overwhelming or, once I've decided on one I like, will find out they only have it in sizes/colors other than what I need. One of the 'industry' fabric stores used to have huge boxes of old buttons...some carded, some not...for a fraction of orig price. Sadly, when they remodeled a few years back, they got rid of them. It was a fab way to find something unique for cheap.

And, I still keep a large jar of misc buttons from old sewing projects, tossed pieces of apparel, etc.


05-21-2008, 10:11 PM
We're button-challenged around here, too. For special projects, I've ordered off the net. Here's some of my bookmarks:





There are some gorgeous buttons out there, and I'm not going to cheap out on the finishing. :)

The clasps are great for capelets and open cardigans, too.