Button Hunt – Finding The Right One

Lazies, Let’s talk buttons. I love buttons and it can be difficult to find the right button with the perfect personality for your special project. I auditioned at least a dozen contenders for the flap closure of the Veronica Pocketbook design. There is a link later in the post for a photo gallery of the button auditions.

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The right button can make the most of your creation.

After making Veronica, I was off to go button shopping. But first, I scrounged around my sewing room looking for anything that might fit the bill to embellish the flap. From fibers to beads and buttons. Nothing had that ‘wow’ factor needed for such a prominent embellishment.

So, I was off to the store, naked bag in hand, and I shopped the button aisles. I gathered anything and everything in these color families. I’ve found it really is best to bring the whole project with me. Fabric swatches are nice, but there is no substitute for working with the actual project.

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The contenders! Buttons waiting for fame and prominence.

I did a cursory audition at the store by placing the button card on my project. While I found some good prospects at the store, I didn’t make a final decision there. I brought home the best of the best and played some more.

Camera View
I allow the camera to make the final decision for me. Taking a photo compresses the design into two dimensions and eliminates some variable that I just can’t see with my own eyes. I did a quick photo shoot of each choice. Here’s the winner.

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Veronica Pocketbook design.

I decided on the black oval button. But it needed a little zing so I wrapped the button with some rich brown rayon woven embroidery floss. It was just the complementary touch needed to tie this look together.

Photo Album
I added a photo album of some audition shots as well as some finished Veronica Pocketbooks for you to enjoy here at our photo gallery.

Guest Bloggin
I am guest blogging at ‘Any Ideas For Dinner’ where I shared my Italian Veggie Saute recipe from last week’s blog post.

Enjoy!
Joan

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21 Responses to “Button Hunt – Finding The Right One”

  1. Sheila — March 2, 2009 @ 7:48 am

    Love your button, It’s so unusual, but this pattern initially drew me to Lazy Girl Designs as it’s so versatile. It was the first pattern I bought. I’ve been looking for the snake fabric for ages with no luck and if you know where I might get some that would be great..

  2. Penny — March 2, 2009 @ 7:57 am

    Oh yes lets talk buttons! I love the little touch you added with the floss it really adds that zing you were looking for. I have always liked Veronica with her dress up appeal! Well since I spent the weekend at the quilt show it was killing me to get my little basket so I could go see the button lady just two rows over from my booth. I was not able to get there until Sunday which was bad because I didn’t have time to think, I just placed the little babies in my basket as I was going through in some kind of trance! I woke up at the register with this voice saying cash or credit. Oh my gosh what a wake up but I have some very pretty little girls (almost all pink for some reason) in my possession! I have never made the Veronica prehaps now I will give her a whirl with all this button talk and sew many possiblites!

    Penny D in SNOWY Chesapeake!

  3. Eva Bard — March 2, 2009 @ 8:24 am

    Buttons! – I’ve been shopping the Thrift and Good Will Shops! OMG – the beauties I’ve found! They keep bins full of Buttons and sell from .05 to .50 each! Check them out!!!

  4. Janet — March 2, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    Great choice! The added embellishment really made a difference. Thanks for the tip.

    j.

  5. Wendy — March 2, 2009 @ 9:51 am

    I used to spend hours playing with the buttons in my mother’s button box as a kid. Thanks for bringing back the memory! Excellent choice for Veronica :)

  6. Patricia Hogge — March 2, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    “Hi” Joan. Isn’t it true? “It IS the LITTLE THINGS that Count” WoW! What a DIFFERENCE a BUTTON makes! “Thank You” so much for sharing about your search for JUST THE RIGHT BUTTON that really compliments your BEAUTIFUL Veronica Bag. I never thought about taking pictures of auditioned embellishments either. And then to add a bit of ZING with shiny embroidery floss added to the Button. You’re BRILLIANT Joan! How wondfully creative. :-) LUV these ideas! Warm HUGS!!! Pat in Bremerton, WA

  7. Laura Casey — March 2, 2009 @ 10:04 am

    Oh that button is PERFECT….just PERFECT…..when I want the perfect button (and I want the perfect everytime I make a lazy girl design….I go to http://www.waechtersfabric.com they have beutiful ones…..you can see clearly on your screen…..and they ship QUICKLY…..
    if nothing else, beautiful eye candy for fabs and buttons!
    Happy Sewing!
    Laura
    MzSweetpea@charter.net

  8. Carol — March 2, 2009 @ 10:08 am

    How clever with the floss, definitely a plus. I have two very large biscuit tins of buttons I’ve collected in my travels and can spend more time looking for the right button, than the making of the project.

  9. denise — March 2, 2009 @ 10:54 am

    Great buttons! I know what it’s like trying to find the RIGHT one! I, too, love buttons and have thousands of them…JHB is definitely my favorite company!!!

  10. Jean — March 2, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    I also shop the Salvation Army for buttons: there are unique and awesome finds there and really inexpensive. I like the idea of bringing the project while looking for the perfect button!

  11. Dee — March 2, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    Joan, your choice was perfect!

    Sheila…you mentioned that you haven’t had any luck finding the snake fabric. I’ve had great luck finding hard-to-find fabrics by posting a request at http://www.missingfabrics.com. If Joan doesn’t mind, it would best to include a picture of the fabric that you’re looking for so you could include a picture of her fabric with your request. It’s soooo much easier when people can actually see what the fabric looks like.

    Dee in FL

  12. Sally Gonzalez — March 2, 2009 @ 11:51 am

    Your local big box store (Walmart) has a great selection of large buttons in all colors and great patterns, like argyle and plaids. Some of them have words like Princess and Love. I have an extensive collection and plan to use them on sweatshirt jackets such as those shown on Nancy Zieman’s shows. Mary Mulari has some great sweatshirt makeover ideas and appears on Nancy’s shows a lot (PBS).

  13. darlene — March 2, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    love the button and the embellishment … my question is: did you glue the floss down? and, if so, what did you use?

    inquiring minds want to know ….

  14. Donna Ervin — March 2, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

    Hello from the snowy eastern shore of Maryland! My favorite buttons on the Miranda bag are: The brown “kidney bean” shaped one and the black round one with the tassel!
    I have the Miranda pattern and have yet to make it, but am looking for the “right’ fabric to make it in. With this snow today I am working on Amy Butler’s Weekender Tote. I will send photos when I finish!
    Stay warm,
    Donna

  15. Sandie Hedrick — March 3, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

    When I can’t find a buton I like for the purse I’m making, I don’t go button shopping. I make my own out of sculpy clay. If you want it to match the colors in the bag, you just pick out the colors & start playing with them, until it looks like you want it to.

  16. Alene Moulton — March 6, 2009 @ 1:37 am

    I find great buttons at thrift stores. I likeyour little bag and the button you chose fits nicely.
    Computer is down part of the time so I get my messages late. I really love your bags.
    You are so creative.

  17. Lunette — March 10, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

    Nice!

  18. Patricia Hogge — March 18, 2009 @ 8:56 am

    Dear Joan & LG Friends.

    WOW!!! I LUV your choices Joan. It truly is the “Little Things” that count. From Buttons to Zippers. I learn sooo much from you Joan, & from my LG Friends. I subscribe to every sharing outlet you have made available to us. :-) I never would have thought of embellishing Buttons with lovely colorful & textural threads. What an AWESOME idea! Never really thought about the difference a Zipper could make either. :-) “Thank You” so much for sharing your designer expertise with us.

    Warm HUGS!!! Pat Hogge in Bremerton, WA

  19. marianne — May 8, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

    love the material. is the snake part of the material. if it wasn’t it is a nice add on.

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