The obvious choice for what to do with a button is to stitch it to a piece of clothing to get a blouse closed or your britches pulled up. That is unless you are Susan Beal. If you are one Mrs. Susan Beal you use buttons to adorn curtains, make jewelry, deck out hair clips and more. These are not your typical utilitarian uses for buttons. Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Making Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, House wares and More is a book that will make you want to dip into your button stash. All crafters have one that includes those extra special vintage buttons that we have been saving for just the right project; well I promise this book will have that project.
Now given I am biased with Button It Up. If you peak at the back cover of this colorful book from Taunton Press you will spy a perky little covered button necklace on some polka dotted fabric made by yours truly. I love using button covering kits and vintage fabric to make jewelry so when Susan asked me to contribute a project for the book how could I say no. Besides myself there are over 20 other guest contributors. Look for crafters like Leah Kramer of Craftster, Kayte Terry of Complete Embellishing and Nicole Vasbinder of Queen Puff Puff. I love books with guest contributors it always adds to the variety of projects and this book has tons!
I am one of those people that loves buttons and has oodles of them. There are projects inside Button It Up special enough for that expensive Bakelite button you have been saving and also projects like the Button Tree by Sarah Johner that will help you finally get rid of all those excess mother of pearl buttons you seem to have the mother load of.
Speaking of the mother load of mother-of-pearl buttons another project in the book I am super smitten on is the Button Embellished Handbag by Linda Permann. The colors, the polka dots, the perky little yellow bird and of course the buttons all make me love this purse.
As you know I am a jewelry kind of gal, but the non-jewelry projects in Button It Up are what really seem to speak to me. Since I have recently discovered a love of embroidery and have always had a thing for making handmade cards the Button Stationary Set by Kayte Terry is a project I will be finding the time to make. I love the cute flowers and combinations of materials and textures.
Also in the same combination vein is the Button Collage by Alicia Paulson. These fun little art pieces will not only put my random buttons to good use, but also my scraps of vintage fabric.
If you are looking for a clever way to unload some of your button stash, Button It Up has 80 different awesome options for you. Some you wear, some you hang, others you mail – but all are cute as all get out. Lucky you we have an extra copy of Button It Up to give away. All you have to do is leave me a comment about buttons and you could win! Tell me where you get your buttons, what you do with your buttons, anything about buttons enters you to win. You have until next Tuesday to leave a comment!
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