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« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2004 11:25:54 AM »

Ooh, I like the purse idea!  You could make just a little coin pouch, if you didn't have enough buttons for a larger bag; and if you could find thin enough ones, I though a tank top made of button fabric would be adorable!  You could make the shell, then stitch the buttons around the top of a pre-fab camisole with a shelf bra.  But that would only work if they weren't too heavy.

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« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2004 11:55:50 AM »

Who said they had to be identical?  Of course, it would look keen if they were identical, but realistically, they could be different colors of the same size and style.  I highly recommend the discounted button bin at Hancocks.  The cards are 4 for $1, and you can frequently find 10-15 cards of all the same button, but in different colors.  Usualy they are the small shirt buttons that come 4-6 to a card.  You could really do something fun with them, I bet.  

I think someone needs to make a button bikini.   Grin

I'm interested in how they are sewn together, though.  I'm trying to picture the different possibilities in my head, and none of them seem very stable.

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« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2004 02:48:11 PM »

I have a ton of pins too, so I decorated one of my boring purses. It looks awesome. Or else you could make a belt out of them...just get a ong strip of fabric and pin them on.

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« Reply #33 on: March 21, 2004 06:52:26 AM »

True, if there were fabric underneath, they wouldn't have to be identical in size.  And of course they wouldn't have to be the same color either way. But the one I saw used the buttons as the actual "fabric" - they were stitched to each other side by side and made kind of a plastic mesh.

I notice that lots of 100+ buttons regularly come up on ebay... I wonder if I'd have the patience to sew a whole purse.  I like the bikini idea!
« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2004 11:05:27 AM »

I can't take credit for this because I saw this in a magazine... get some ballet shoes and draw a swirly-type design on with a pencil. You can then attach the buttons any way you like (I didn't sew them because I have sewaphobia!!! lol) and they look really cute! I wear them around my house but I guess you could wear them out  Cool
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« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2004 10:53:09 AM »

Well as already mentioned buttons have so many awesome purposes. Anyway I just wanted to say that I've used buttons for clothing mainly. Like when I had some black pants that I thought needed some spurcing up..I sewed some small white buttons going down near the bottom side of the pants, and wore it with a regular white button down shirt.

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« Reply #36 on: March 23, 2004 11:59:34 AM »

Sheesh..I forgot, one can also use buttons to make a picture frame look really cool.
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« Reply #37 on: March 25, 2004 02:39:46 AM »

I sewed an assortment of buttons down the side of a plain white sleeveless top and it looks wild!!!
You could also sew some onto a plain coloured bag, or any other clothing!!!

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« Reply #38 on: March 28, 2004 12:04:29 PM »

at a craft fair the other week a girl was selling some shoes she'd customised by sewing a  swirl of identical buttons around the shoe! Something I want to try out for myself  Grin

« Reply #39 on: March 29, 2004 06:16:41 PM »

 Grin  Hi there! A suggestion for your post.  My sister uses old buttons to make pictures, for example she had a cross stitch kit of a bride and groom and she used pearly buttons for the dress and veil instead of cross stitching it.  It looks gorgeous and all her friends just loved it.  She did another one with flowers and used all different colors of my granny's buttons for the petals and leaves.  She made some button earrings for me and a bracelet that was adorable with safety pins and the buttons.  Good luck with your projects!
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