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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in textiles.

In this project, you will make a button jar with buttons harvested from old clothing and projects.

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
-  an article of clothing with buttons on it
-  the buttons no longer on the article of clothing
-  your button jar with the buttons in it



Your jar can be a bowl, a mason jar, a larger jar, a tin or a box. It can be fancy or not. It just needs to hold buttons in a way that's relatively accessible.

Some places you could find old buttons:
  • worn out pants that are beyond mending
  • holey or stained shirts you can't/don't want to mend
  • old coats
  • crafty projects that didn't turn out, like embellished hats or headbands


  • To remove buttons from clothing, use scissors or a seam ripper--or even a small knife--to cut the threads. To keep matching buttons together, you might want to loosely sew them on a small strip of cloth.





    For fun, here's a list of 21 things you can do with old buttons aside from making new articles of clothing with them: 21 Frugal Uses for Grandma's Button Box

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    pollinator
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    Oops ... you already made this one! And now I did it too (but only the draft, in Word, not yet on Permies)

    I found two more videos on the subject. One of them is only a nice little girl telling about her button jar, but the other one, about neatly organising buttons, can be useful here too.
    This one:

     

    For the rest I have nothing to add to this BB.
     
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    My button jars are almost filled to the top ... But I go on harvesting buttons ...


    Shirt with buttons. I am going to change this shirt and I don't want these buttons on it


    Started 'ripping' buttons off


    All buttons off


    Button jar from the side, closed

    Button jar from above, open

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    Button Jar Started  :)
    I went to the Goodwill Outlet last week and found a divided storage container that I may keep my buttons in - or maybe I'll stitch them together so it is easy to find a set of buttons when I need them.  
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    A button down shirt
    A button down shirt
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    Buttons Removed
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    My new button jar with the buttonless shirt
    My new button jar with the buttonless shirt
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    Hello, I have harvested some buttons.  Easier than harvesting sunchokes 7 feet up a hugel, based on recent experience.  

    Here's a thrift store leather coat that I'm using for leather.  Naturally I'll retain all the hardware bits for other projects.





    This coat had both dark and light buttons so I put them in my light button jar for now until I figure out where to put them.





    And here is the de-buttonified coat!

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    I hereby certify this badge bit is complete--and you're now the proud owner of the textile air badge (you're racking up those air badges, WOW!)

     
    Rob Lineberger
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    you're racking up those air badges, WOW!



    I love collecting things!  :)  I should have one in earthworks, maybe I'll poke someone about it.  Politely of course.  I wanna see how wide the screen can go.
     
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    My kids old school polo shirts are no good for anything after a year so I harvest for rags and buttons. Here are the pictures.

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    Shirt with buttons
    Shirt with buttons
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    Buttons removed
    Buttons removed
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    Buttons in button box
    Buttons in button box
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    Here's my button jar submission.  I'm working on deconstructing clothes so those are the extra buttons in the jar.  Don't know why I didn't think of doing this before.

    ETA: Crud.  Looks like I hit the wrong submit button.  Let me know if I should re-upload.
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    Before photo of blouse that doesn't fit right
    Before photo of blouse that doesn't fit right
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    Buttons harvested with seam ripper
    Buttons harvested with seam ripper
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    Button jar
    Button jar
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    I love buttons. The other day, when I found this top on the half-price rack at the thrift store, it was the mother-of-pearl buttons that caught my eye.

    Top with buttons.

    Buttons removed with seam ripper.

    New buttons in the button jar.

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    This one is for Opalyn to certify, since anyone with a Sand Badge in that aspect can certify BBs that they've already completed

    Opalyn wanted to see how to certify BBs, and since this is one she's done, and I haven't done, I figured it was a good excuse to teach my kids how to take buttons off of clothes! (On second thought, what have I just done?! Hopefully they won't go removing buttons off of perfectly good clothes!)
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    Shirt with buttons
    Shirt with buttons
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    My daughter helping remove the button (I couldn't find my seam ripper, but scissors work well, too)
    My daughter helping remove the button (I couldn't find my seam ripper, but scissors work well, too)
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    My son strung the buttons and here's my daughter holding them by the button-less shirt
    My son strung the buttons and here's my daughter holding them by the button-less shirt
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    Buttons are in the small button jar (my kids have the big button jars--we'd scored a bunch of buttons at a garage sale and they split them into their own jars)
    Buttons are in the small button jar (my kids have the big button jars--we'd scored a bunch of buttons at a garage sale and they split them into their own jars)
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    This is my first ever PEP project! Yay!! :-D
    Please be patient with me as I figure out posting images:

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    the button jar I added the buttons to
    the button jar I added the buttons to
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    my son's outgrown shirt with the buttons still attached
    my son's outgrown shirt with the buttons still attached
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    the shirt with no buttons
    the shirt with no buttons
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    Note: Congratulations on earning your very first Badge Bit!

     
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    I have to admit, I'm only showing my two "first go-to" button containers - I've got two others with over-sized buttons but they're harder to get at as I've not needed them lately.
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    Boring buttons from a friend's rat-chewed pj's, but they're sometimes good as "backing buttons".
    Boring buttons from a friend's rat-chewed pj's, but they're sometimes good as "backing buttons".
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    Some groups of buttons I tie together, but others I just sort out as needed.
    Some groups of buttons I tie together, but others I just sort out as needed.
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    HEre are some shirt cuffs with buttons to be removed (the rest of the shirt, buttons included, already became two aprons, which I sold).
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    Cuffs with buttons
    Cuffs with buttons
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    Buttons removed
    Buttons removed
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    Buttons in jar
    Buttons in jar
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    So my brother was throwing out some clothes... I intercepted.

    I scored quite a nice jumper out of that which I kept and raided the buttons from a pair of trousers and a pair of shorts.

    I use clear seal top bags because technology companies insist that everything needs it's own little bag, and they are light and fit in smaller space than hard storage containers.
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    Trousers
    Trousers
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    Shorts
    Shorts
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    How can one pair of shorts use 11 buttons? (12 if you include the missing fly button)
    How can one pair of shorts use 11 buttons? (12 if you include the missing fly button)
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    Buttons sorted by size
    Buttons sorted by size
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    A bag of buttons
    A bag of buttons
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    Mother of Pearl buttons for my decades old button jar.
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    The old saying goes that a stitch in time saves nine. In this case it was closer to nine hundred. My big toe snagged a small hole & caused an entire pajama blowout. Only one button on these so I added a few more from a shirt.



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    I set up a button tupperware with like buttons strung together on thread and a few small containers/bags. Made sure to pick a container with room to add a bunch more.
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    Old shirt
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    Button harvest
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    All together now
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    Had a pair of torn pants that I planned to disassemble into rags, and they had two buttons on the front, so they went into my button box. They were loose already and my small thread scissors took them right off.
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    The buttons I took off these pants are in the top right, on top of the white cardstock holding the red buttons.
    The buttons I took off these pants are in the top right, on top of the white cardstock holding the red buttons.
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    First button jar... now I've got button collecting fever
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    My boyfriend's old wool sweater he'd put in the 'donate' pile, i snagged it for the mother of pearl buttons.
    My boyfriend's old wool sweater he'd put in the 'donate' pile, i snagged it for the mother of pearl buttons.
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    Didn't notice until i cut them off that one was different - a plastic replacement.
    Didn't notice until i cut them off that one was different - a plastic replacement.
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    They looked lonely in the jar by themselves, so I found several more buttons on 'to be donated shirts' to keep them company, one of which i'll be reusing for washable toilet cloth wipes :) Feeling inspired by all the ideas here on permies :)
    They looked lonely in the jar by themselves, so I found several more buttons on 'to be donated shirts' to keep them company, one of which i'll be reusing for washable toilet cloth wipes :) Feeling inspired by all the ideas here on permies :)
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    My first week here and I am looking over things to simply - BEGIN. It seems this is another one where I have old clothes laying around, waiting for uses. In High School my French teacher had buttons she would put on our desk and count at the end of the week as our class participation. This reminds me of her!

    Note, I am starting this button jar today, so do not yet have the collection of lovely buttons as everyone else! Hopefully the start counts? I will add more buttons once more buttons come about and update, but now at least I have a jar so when I find them they have a place! Maybe next time I visit my Mom I can go through all her drawers and will find some.
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    This is one of my favorite shirts, but it has so many holes. Will rescue!
    This is one of my favorite shirts, but it has so many holes. Will rescue!
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    Using this tiny fondue screwer
    Using this tiny fondue screwer
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    From artichokes to buttons!
    From artichokes to buttons!
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    Literally the start of a button jar!
    Literally the start of a button jar!
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    I started my own button jar, harvesting buttons from an old pair of decommissioned pajamas!
    The pajamas were good quality but heavily worn after serving two multi-child families and crossing an ocean, so I have taken them apart for reuse and removed the buttons with a seam-ripper.
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    buttons on the pajama top
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    buttons removed
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    button jar
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    Finally got to this simple textile badge!

    I'm new to sewing so I didn't have a button jar until now :)
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    I made a button jar, and consolidated all my buttons together. Also nabbed the buttons off of a shirt that has been converted into zokins.
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    Shirt with buttons
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    Buttons in jar
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    Other buttons
    Other buttons
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    All buttons in jar
    All buttons in jar
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