I was lucky enough to inherit a wonderful collection of tins from my grandmother, Margie. In the tins were generations of the most beautiful buttons, carved from ivory, shell, as well as more modern materials. Some even were embroidered or crocheted. I can only image what gowns or dresses they might have come from or if they had a more utilitarian purpose, such as a strap slide or to hold a pair of cloth diapers.
Years ago, when I was learning the fine art of couture and hand sewing, which I also inherited a love for from Margie, I uncovered the tins and decided to start making a button pillow. I chose a heavy, cotton canvas and quilting thread and began picking out the most precious buttons in the tins.
After spending a few hours on one corner, I realized that this was not going to be a quick project and I spent many months hand sewing the buttons until I completed about a 14" square. The pillow is actually quite heavy and I am glad that I chose a canvas to hold it's weight. The button pillow is one of my favorite possessions and I think of Margie and my great grandmother every time I look at it.