The History of Quilting with buttons
Wallhangings and decorative quilted objects such as cushions often benefit from the addition of a vintage button or two. Way back 2000 BC buttons were used to decorate clothing and were not used as fasteners until around 1200AD. Garments became more fitted and of better quality cloth so the pins and belts used previously were discarded for buttons and buttonholes. Around 1250AD the first Button Makers Guild was formed and elaborate and expensive buttons were produced with the poorer classes confined by law to using thread or cloth covered buttons. Over the next few centuries buttons were made from gold, gemstones, metals, shells, porcelain, and embroideries. Often garments were entirely covered with buttons – each with their own buttonhole! By the mid 19th century the most popular button was the black glass button produced in its millions to replicate the black jet buttons popularised by Queen Victoria and were also known as mourning buttons after the death of Prince Albert. In the 20th century plastic, shell and metal buttons in all forms meant that home sewing on a budget could be achieved. You have probably played with your grandma’s button jar as a toddler and may still have some of these ‘special’ buttons in your own collection.
Quilting with buttons: the finishing touch
The addition of one or many buttons on your quilt may be just the finishing touch it needs. Sew the buttons on with a linen thread to stop the button ‘cutting’ the thread and falling off with use and probably best to avoid buttons on baby and toddler quilts for obvious reasons. If you have an abundance of buttons check out these art pieces made entirely with buttons.
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