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Project

Button Up

Introduction

Sew on a button with eye-catching thread. Thick yarns add a dash of playfulness to somber winter wools and tweeds, and embroidery floss lends distinction to blouses and jackets. Four-hole buttons are ideal: Crisscross thread through holes, sew clockwise hole-to-hole, or connect pairs of holes with tiny parallel dashes.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2000

Reviews (31)

  • rosemaryw55 21 Jul, 2010

    COMPLAINERS,, yikes o mighty,, I can only imagine what you must be thinking, ye perfects!

  • rosemaryw55 21 Jul, 2010

    see, i cant type,, I meant to say to the coplainers,, you know WHO you are

  • rosemaryw55 21 Jul, 2010

    OMG,,,,,, so nit pickin! If we could all be as perfect as the complainers(you know how you are) love love this idea!!

  • anthromom 18 Apr, 2009

    I love this idea. Never occurred to me to use embroidery floss to criss-cross button holes.

  • MsTee 20 Jan, 2009

    OMG Have none of you made a slip up or an error? If you will look at the top of this article it says Home Page-crafts-crafts by material-fabric-Button Up. Of course it's crafts. Martha doesn't deserve lashing because someone accidentally clicked the wrong button when sending it out for our benefit. No doubt she feels if you're wise enough to follow her website maybe you should be smart enough to disregard a foux pax. Accept this great idea, file it where it's best for you and be gracious.

  • OctoberFran 19 Jan, 2009

    A friend rescued a man's suit coat from the GoodWill and covered the lapels with all sorts of buttons so closely the fabric is barely visible. I've heard people try to buy it off her body! (And who cares where this idea is filed--get a life, people!)

  • OctoberFran 19 Jan, 2009

    A friend rescued a man's suit coat from the GoodWill and covered the lapels with all sorts of buttons so closely the fabric is barely visible. I've heard people try to buy it off her body! (And who cares where this idea is filed--get a life, people!)

  • thegoodfaery 13 Jan, 2009

    (The rest of the story.) I've done arts

  • thegoodfaery 13 Jan, 2009

    Some of you readers are so anal ! (I swear!) It's a great idea. I've done arts

  • gammy5x 13 Jan, 2009

    Long ago, I purchased a jacket that had cooridinating buttons sewn all over it. In the center of each button was glued a small cooridinating gem stone (sold at craft stores). I still wear it and always gets lots of compliments. It may not sound good to you but it really is pretty and fun to wear. Only problem is that I frequently have to reglue the little gem stones.

  • amy1963 13 Jan, 2009

    couldnt figure out how sewing buttons on is a way to organize. either way clever idea. sometimes the sewing thread is too thin and breaks. will try!

  • ClaudiaMatzke 13 Jan, 2009

    I agree that negative comments are inappropriate. These tips are fun no matter where they are posted.

  • janiceferguson 13 Jan, 2009

    I think that this is a really cute idea. Who is to say that buttons have to be sewn with only thin thread. I am surely going to try this out. I also think that the idea of using different colors of yarn is a cute idea, maybe some contrasting shades from the garment.

  • Sharon Carbine 12 Jan, 2009

    Fabulous. My interests are multi-faceted. I would never have thought of this on my own.

  • annabanana1962 12 Jan, 2009

    I realized that I am in the crafts section of the website. Perhaps this little hint is something to do with organizing crafts.

  • Mary_Buda 12 Jan, 2009

    I don't understand how this is an organizing tip. It is a fashion tip - and a cute one, but how does it apply to organizing?

  • jurziegurl48 12 Jan, 2009

    I have been reading all my organizing and craft tips every day for months now. I take them for what they are...some apply to my life some don't. I read, day after day, not comments of the positive nature, but more frequently comments of bashing the instructions, the content, etc. If you respect Martha, as I do, you wouldn't just log on to find fault with her ideas but would add something beneficial to the content. FYI - if you are going to post a negative comment, at least check your spelling :)

  • Vernetta 12 Jan, 2009

    I love this idea. I'll be putting this on buttons that I've purchased just to change to look on a shirt or skirt. Now when I can't find that just right button, at least I can change the color with different threads. Thanks for the idea!

  • realtomatoe 12 Jan, 2009

    Editor....Editor? Yoooo whooooo? This has nothing to do with orgaization. Shall we call it a blooper? Cute but no cigar.

  • momdig 12 Jan, 2009

    seriously, what does it matter if it's craft or organization??? it looks like fun....if you don't like it...don't do it :)

  • Sillys 12 Jan, 2009

    I like this crafty/organizing/recycle tip ! ! Makes me wanna' re-do all the buttons of some of my jackets and shirts. It's a great tip no matter where I read it ! Also, thank you FourandTwenty for the "bleeding colors advice" as I probably wouldn't have thought of it.

  • WildaB 12 Jan, 2009

    Great Tip. Helps in finding something creative to do with all those buttons and fabrics. That should also help in organizing these kinds of things we seem to gather all around the house.

  • chanell31 12 Jan, 2009

    Really not my idea of an organization tip. This is not what I thought it would be at all. Hope the tips get better.

  • frankiesgirl 12 Jan, 2009

    Thanks Kelli - what a nifty idea! A collage of fabric

  • euni 12 Jan, 2009

    Orginazation of the day or craft of the day. What difference does it make? It is a clever idea in whatever category it falls. Life is too short for such trivial concerns.

  • frankiesgirl 12 Jan, 2009

    Thanks Kelli - what a nifty idea! A collage of fabric

  • Helenismyname 12 Jan, 2009

    This came to me under organization tip of the day. I am confused. Isn't it a craft tip of the day. Sewing buttons on something for decoration does not fall under the organzation tip of the day category for me.

  • Learner10 12 Jan, 2009

    Kelli has a super idea! I have so many old buttons. An interesting way to display them.

  • FourandTwenty 12 Jan, 2009

    I have a caution, having done this once when I was out of matching "regular" thread. Pretest the floss if the item is machine washable, some of the brands of floss have colors that bleed badly. As I found out. Drat!

  • beaglesrule 27 Aug, 2008

    I agree Kelli. I have saved old woolen suits, etc., and was going to make pillows from them, but I believe I will make a collage similar to this photo...great for laundry room, sewing room, den, or library (in my opinion!).

  • kellimaier 30 Jun, 2008

    I know it is an example to make the article more appealing but that is a nice composition with the fabric and buttons...a nice way to teach people to sew on buttons and simple sewing would be to make a permanent wall hanging that has a composition made from fabric squares and buttons.