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Thread: Buttons? What is a great source w/o costing big buckos?

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    HI, I am busy making pincushions. Something that has turned into a lot of fun. I want to decorate with buttons. Also they are great for embellishing quilts, especially doll quilt size.

    I find that Joann's source is limited and pricey. Where have all the buttons gone?

    I remember when there used to be racks and racks of buttons... all sizes; all prices and a lot of colors. Thanks for your help in advance.

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    My Joann's has racks and racks of buttons in allprices. Also Michaels' has a plastic container of buttons.

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    At the Hancock Fabric's I go to there's a whole wall that's just buttons.

    An idea: could make your own covered buttons. Missouri Star Quilt sells kits to make covered buttons (comes with the button maker and buttons) for $1.95 and then the button refills are $1.50. How many buttons it comes with depends on the size.

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    Ok Look at thrift stores sometimes they cut buttons off clothing that they make into rags they sell to machine shops,etc... Google and look for Buttons cheap...

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    Try etsy and ebay, too!

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    Walmart has some decorative ones in bags that aren't terribly pricey, so does Michaels :D:D:D

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    I would love to see pictures of your pincushions. I have been thinking about making a turtle pincushion:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabear617
    I would love to see pictures of your pincushions. I have been thinking about making a turtle pincushion:)
    Interesting! I just picked that pattern up on Friday. Haven't started that one yet. When I get a few more done I will post some photos. I will post a new topic when I do.

    I found some really decorative ones with beads and buttons. :-D

    Thanks for the tips. They reminded me that I had forgotten Michael's. We don't have Hancock's here. They closed it for weird reason. Silly them!

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    You might look at garage and yardsales. I used to find that buying old clothes meant great recycled buttons (often the buttons were worth more than the rest of it). I can buy an old stained button-down shirt, cut off the buttons (which are like new) and reuse them. Best of all, you usually get the correct number you need to make a shirt. None of the 2 or 3 buttons to a card thing.

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    Speaking of buttons, I need a realistic mother chick chicken button around 1/2" size. I'll be happy to send fabric in exchange. Please pm me.

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