July 31, 2016

Besides being a quilter, for the last couple years I’ve been seriously into buttons. Not the antique kind that you mount on cards and keep in a collection, but cute and colorful buttons that I use to make notecards, magnets, flowers, and whatever else I can think of.

Okay so sometimes it’s the little things in life… truth be told it’s a whole lot of fun to sit down and sort a newly acquired batch of buttons to see what you’ve got.

Sometimes there are some head-scratchers.

When you think of a button, usually it’s gonna have two holes or four holes, for sewing through to attach to a garment. Right? Well I’ve come across some pretty peculiar buttons in the way of holes, and have been tossing them in a box for further contemplation.

Let us begin.


That’s right, zero holes. All I can say is, hmmmm…. trying to think how can be attached…


Here we have the one-hole button. Especially fascinating is the one-hole off-center specimen. Again, how can the attachment occur?


Now we’re getting closer to a conventional button, but these buttonholes don’t seem to like one another.


No more Starbucks for you.


I can kind-of see how these might be attached, but it seems a bit of trouble.


Three holes off-center. These have got me stumped.


Four holes lined up like ducks in a row. That’s a hard shirt to button.


The purple one says, I make an M… cool right? So green… what’s your story.


Hope you weren’t planning on using button thread for these.





Round is so boring.


We love you just the way you are.


Wild child!


And last, my absolute favorite. Spoiled for choice of holes! Eight, count ’em, eight! Pick two, pick four, or sew through all of them if you truly enjoy attaching buttons. It’s a button-sewer’s paradise.

I enjoy my little collection of oddball buttons. And please, if you know the reasoning behind the various configurations of holes, enlighten us!

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop


8 Responses to “Considering the holes in a button”

  1. VickiT on August 1st, 2016 9:23 am

    Oh my gosh! Those are too funny. Strange, but still funny. The top ones with no way to sew on; all I can think of would be for use in crafting with hot glue where they are decorative and any holes or a ring on the back would distract.

    And the green next to the “M”? It appears to me that, if sewn the right way, that would be an “A”.

    The rest? I give. And that last one? OMG NO! That just makes my painful hands just cry. Nope. I have a very hard time making decisions at times, and having 8 holes would be a nightmare for me. I’d sit and think of how each configuration of stitching, utilizing those holes in each possible way and spend more than half the day doing so. LOL Of course, you could just give in and stitch in a way that the button is smiling at you too and call it a day, although the ‘eyes’ would be very close together and it would have no nose. But a smilie face doesn’t have a nose anyway, right? LOL

  2. Janet D on August 1st, 2016 10:27 am

    Thank you, a perfect start to Monday. I’ll be laughing all day!

  3. Kathleen on August 1st, 2016 10:48 am

    For the ones with no holes, I would try attaching them using this technique:
    Your second and third pictures seem to be more like beads for making necklaces. The one-holers could be strung pendant style.
    Loved this post!

  4. Kay on August 1st, 2016 11:33 am

    My friend Nancy here in Santa Cruz provides the following insight:

    “I really enjoyed seeing all the buttons.

    No Holes: Super Glue! :-)

    One Hole: Use a large sequin as a ‘washer’, then a Bead. Needle w/thread comes up through hole, sequin, through Bead and down through sequin and hole.”

    Thanks Nancy!!

  5. Helen LeBrett on August 2nd, 2016 12:47 am

    No holes=no clue!! :-) Fun button assortment. There is a lady who comes to a Sacramento quilt store every once in awhile and I get their newsletter. The next time I see her name, I’ll pass it along to you. She has quite an extensive collection and I’ll bet she’s got some answers for you. Fun post: I love your little comments for each style! :-) Hugs, H

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  7. Mrs. Plum on August 3rd, 2016 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the good laughs! I really needed that today.

  8. Dolores on August 11th, 2016 7:09 am

    Oh gosh, thanks for that. The eight holes got me laughing out loud.
    I have a few of those but not as many as you do. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the one hole and no hole ones.