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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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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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Buttons in jar
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Other buttons
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All buttons in jar
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I just finished up deconstructing some old clothing and have saved the buttons from a pair of old trunks. I've had a button jar for years that I added these to so there are a lot of buttons in there!
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Worn out trunks
Worn out trunks
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Removing buttons
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Deconstructed (no buttons!)
Deconstructed (no buttons!)
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Button jar
Button jar
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While turning this old, worn-out shirt into scraps, I removed its buttons. They are now in my button collection (a button box rather than a jar). I like to tie matching buttons together by running a thread through two opposite holes, making an easy-to-store cylinder.
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Removing a button; all buttons gone; buttons in button box
Removing a button; all buttons gone; buttons in button box
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Here’s my button harvest! I’ve had this little basket to collect buttons for a while, but took photos of my newest addition today.
This old dress was missing a couple decorative buttons, so rather than try to match these specific decades old adornments, I harvested them for my basket and will give the dress some fresh decorations of its own.
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Definitely need one of those nifty thread cutter gadgets. I started with scissors which left a lot of thread and cloth attached to the button. I used my pocket pruning knife to clean them up before moving onto a razor blade.

Two much loved shirts worn by both boys. The collars are thread bare and they’ve done good service. I’ll keep the cloth as I’m sure there will be many tasks here that they can be put to good use.

Here’s the steps I took.
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Thank you Jay. Good idea - I was using the ones my kids had when they started school.
 
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Edward Norton wrote:Thank you Jay. Good idea - I was using the ones my kids had when they started school.

Ouch! They're for paper, not fabric, and are designed to *not* cut fingers. I had to put my sewing scissors in a child-proof locked drawer when they were little - that's how sharp a good pair of sewing scissors are!
 
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I started a button jar. And almost more importantly, I learned how to edit a movie so that this would be under the two minute requirement. :-)

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I plan to repurpose my husband's old shirt into an apron, but I won't need the sleeves. I removed the 4 buttons from the sleeves, started a button jar, and found some other buttons in my hobby room to add to it.
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Old shirt with buttons
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No more buttons
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Bear Button Jar
Bear Button Jar
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I inherited a button jar from my grandmother that I have occasionally pulled from but have never added to, so this was a nice BB that invoked memories of her. I have held on to this much loved gardening shirt for a long time and I'm happy to put it to better use than hanging, unworn in my closet.
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Buttons removed from shirt
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Buttons in my button jar!
Buttons in my button jar!
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My buttons are not in a jar but in a little clear plastic box with other closures like snaps. :)
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Worn out shorts with buttons
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Buttons removed
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Buttons in button 'jar'
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For this BB, I removed the pretty yellow buttons from an absolutely tragically awful sweater. 100% cotton, no special washing instructions, and the first time I washed it every single piece came out a different bizarre length. No amount of blocking will help. Anyway. Back to the BB 😂
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Lumptastic sweater
Lumptastic sweater
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In hand
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I love this idea!
I love this idea!
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In jar
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Converted a dress shirt to a cute little crop top for a friend. Harvested the buttons from the tie part and the part I cut off.
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converted to a crop top
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buttons removed from the placket
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This was one of my favorite shirts.   Time and work and weather.   It was so delicate and now has fallen to bits


Two cute buttons


Here is my jar.  just getting started.  now this jar has lots of buttons in it.  It is so great to have a jar for buttons.  I keep finding more buttons to put in there.  
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Here's my button jar and button-harvesting process.

This is a shirt from which I want to harvest the interesting square buttons.



This is the same shirt, with the buttons now removed.



These are the square buttons, now added to my button bin.



My button bin, ready for more victims. :)



Thank you!
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