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Posted on: 5/31/10 2:05 PM
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File this under the "DUH! Why didn't I think of this before?" category:

After buying a large amount of buttons at 60% off, I had the idea to sort them by style/color, put them into snack-sized zip baggies, and into a little 3-drawer plastic storage bin. This way, I won't be hunting for another card of buttons in the right size that I am certain I have ... or trying to match exact styles from the same colors at night under less than ideal lighting situations.

They fit better if you pull them off the card, which also drastically reduces the amount of space needed.

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sew2006 said... (6/4/10 10:59 PM) Reply
That's a great idea with the snack size bags. I use the craft bags from the dollar store to match up thread and buttons with a garment during the sewing process. No more pulling out 5 buttons and loosing one before the garment is finished. When I purchased over 500 cards of buttons in bulk I spent one night matching and used elastic to keep like cards together. They are stored in plastic drawers by color grouping.
Margaret said... (6/2/10 11:30 AM) Reply
Great idea! I do something similar, but I put my small bags inside bigger bags. One is for the wood and plastic buttons, one for shell buttons, and one for extra buttons and those that I have only one of. The 3-drawer bin sounds better since the drawers would let you see more of them at once -- less digging. My metal buttons are in a clear multi compartment box, which I would also recommend (just don't have enough of them for everything).
SandiMacD said... (6/2/10 0:59 AM) Reply
I tried the too! I organized them by size and color so they are easy to find. I inherited great-great grams button box and they are tucked inside now in the snack bags.
quathy said... (6/2/10 0:34 AM) Reply
Great idea! I string mine on various sized safety pins, or on loops craft wire if they don't fit onto pins. The little bags are nice for the bulky items that don't stack well.
 
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