My great grandmother was a seamstress and an alterations genius! Grandma Miles would have her daughters pick their clothes out of the "Sears and Roebuck Catalog" and then she would stitch up a beautiful creation! Now they didn't go down to the fabric store and pick out the fabrics and the buttons and the zippers and the threads and the ribbons...and on and on.
When a piece of clothing wore out they would simply keep the good parts; like the buttons, hooks, zippers, ribbon, lace and the good fabric. Some grocery items came packaged in cloth bags, some of the bags were so colorfully decorated with flowers and other prints that they would make cute dresses out of them. When the time came for the buttons...oh the fun in picking out the perfect buttons!
I grew up sewing, enjoyed the lessons from my grandmother and my mother. Lessons that cultivated a lifetime of creating things with fabric. I vividly remember the "button jar" and had so much fun going through the beautiful gems and hearing stories about some of them..."oh that one was from great grandpas jacket that he wore out to the barn" grandma told me..."and that pretty rose one was from mamas favorite dress that she wore to church"; how i loved hearing the stories and how she enjoyed the visit down memory lane.
Now I have a button jar -
I still cut buttons off things that are unwearable - i have been known to take off lace and ribbon - even a zipper here and there. I have purchased items at thrift stores just for the buttons....lol
Do you have a button jar? If not start one and start a jar of love and memories.