As shared in a previous post, I am most fortunate to have a husband who is skilled in the craft of woodworking. One of the storage units he created for me this past winter, after the busy holidays were over, was a storage unit for my buttons. It might seem crazy for some, but after a few months into my business in 2000, I started accumulating a variety of buttons. At that time I was making a ton of doll clothing, and since I am not a fan of velcro due to how it destroys doll hair, I would focus on unique buttons to craft with. Over time, I began a collection of buttons, accumulating them from worn out clothing that was turned into rags, donations from those not wanting to keep what their mothers and grandmothers hung onto. Even to this day, I continue to keep an eye open for unique buttons.
After months of taking advantage of 50% off sales, accumulating plastic storage units to sort the buttons in, I asked my husband to create a shelf unit so that they could be a little more organized. Well, another reason was that I was updating my sewing room, moving books to the shelves the buttons were on, yet not utilizing that particular shelf space efficiently.
I voiced my wishes to my talented husband, asking that the height be similar to the height of the two dressers I used for a few of my machines that I stood working at as well as storage. In addition, the width could not expand beyond the sides of the combined wideth of the two units. He soon went to work drafting out a plan, utilizing some wood we had on hand. The following is what he came up with:
Due to my desire to fit the width of the two working dressers, used for storage and surface space, there was extra space on the shelves which worked out well for the DVD’s and a few small resource books that I use as reference.
Needless to say, I am thrilled with the storage and how nice it looks as well as how efficiently it organizes my buttons. My intent is to use the buttons in clothing, craft, and quilting projects, as the intent for the collection was not to just look at, but to actually use in things that I was creating with fabric and thread.
If there comes a time that the buttons are used, the unit will not go to waste, as I am sure the plastic units would work great for scrapbooking or other craft needs. If the storage units are moved to another area, this shelf unit is perfect for DVD’s and books. The one thing I look for in storage is quality and the multi-functional use. So very fortunate to be blessed with a talented husband who is willing to create the things that work well for our home.
Putting thread to fabric,