Snowflake-button tutorial with Bonnie Sullivan: sew quick, so cute!

Button embroidery designWe know, we know . . . because we’re quilters, people automatically think we sew everything—hems, holes, pleats, ruffles, and the like. Maybe you do that kind of sewing and maybe you don’t, but when it comes to sewing buttons, you’ve just got to learn the way that A Change of Seasons author Bonnie Sullivan does it—with a little embellished flourish!

Button, button, have you got a button? If you do, you’ll be buttoning up these cute snowflakes on all kinds of projects—watch how easy it is to do!


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Add snowflake buttons to quilts, pillows, bags, clothing, gifts—the sky’s the limit! And the next time you’re asked to sew a button, you can give ’em a little snowflake surprise.

Have you seen the 16 spectacular seasonal projects in Bonnie’s book, A Change of Seasons? Since today is the first day of fall, y’all, it’s the perfect time to get started on one of Bonnie’s cozy autumn designs!

Autumn Star quilt
Autumn Star (find three more autumn projects in the book)

Or, get a head start on the snowy season—and your button-snowflake making—and create Bonnie’s heartfelt stockings for your family or a family you know and love (won’t they be lucky!):

The Stockings Were Hung
The Stockings Were Hung (find 3 more holiday projects in the book)

See the spring and summer project collections >>>

How many buttons—or button jars/bags/tins—do you own? Tell us in the comments!

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64 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I own about 5 little plastic bins with buttons, don’t know why, I rarely use them.
    I’m loving those stocking!

    —Betsy on September 22, 2017
  • I used to make dolls with button arms and legs so I have many boxes full of buttons. I even bought a sewing machine chair and the fabric has buttons printed on it. I thought it appropriate for me.

    —Sharron Coxon on September 22, 2017
  • I have several small boxes- and keep running across them at odd times.

    —Karen on September 22, 2017
  • I have a box of buttons from my great-grandmother, just because she’s my great-grandmother, and a small vial containing 5 ladybug buttons, just because they’re cute!

    —bookboxer on September 22, 2017
  • Buttons… hmmm…. containers of buttons everywhere!

    —Vicky on September 22, 2017
  • Too many to even think about counting. I have my grandmother’s and mother’s button boxes and have even bought some button tins from ebay. I’m crazy….but I love the snowflake button stitch!

    —Deborah K. on September 22, 2017
  • I try to be good about my button collection, but when I see a jar or other container full at garage sales or thrift stores, oh my gosh, it is hard to pass them up.

    My issue is that sometimes I buy a garment just to snip off the cool buttons!

    I do that too, Gwen! –Jenny

    —Gwen Stackler on September 22, 2017
  • I will admit it—I have two gallon-sized jars and at least 3 tins. I never met a button I didn’t like.

    —Nell on September 22, 2017
  • I have two to three full button jars.

    —Angie Little on September 22, 2017
  • Button Count??? It would take me several days to count, maybe more. I started collecting antique buttons about four years ago and just can’t resist any unique button I spot. I know I have many thousand. My favorites are the old china buttons, picture buttons, and various colored OLD glass buttons. I am a member of the National Button Society. If you love buttons and have not already done so, you should join. It is a wonderful group & you will have access to many button groups as well as sellers. E-Bay is a good site to look at buttons.

    I would love Bonnie’s new book!

    —Barbara Pryga on September 22, 2017
  • I have 2 boxes. The one is very special as it has buttons from my grandpa’s uniform in it.

    —Debbie on September 22, 2017
  • I have hundreds of buttons sorted by colors and types, stored in assorted sizes of old Mason jars. They stand on shelves in my sewing room. I love how they sparkle in the sunlight.

    —Mary Smith on September 22, 2017
  • I have 2-3 quart jars filled with buttons. I think they make the perfect embellishment on small quilt projects. Perfect for wallhangings and little table toppers. I have a few buttons that are my favorites. One looks like a little lady’s hat in yellow with a gently curved brim Of course, it’s just fun to look at them on the shelf in my quilt studio!
    I can’t wait to see Bonnie’s new book as I’m already in love with the quilt on the cover.

    —Wynn Martin on September 22, 2017
  • I have only 2 tin canisters of buttons. But I was once in charge of a button collector’s estate: I hired an appraiser, learned a LOT, and coordinated an auction as a highlight of a state button collectors’ society convention!

    —Marty on September 22, 2017
  • I love the snowflake button and those stockings.
    I have one large glass jar half full of buttons.

    —Lori Smanski on September 22, 2017
  • I have a whole set of button jars on a shelf, one for each colour of button. I’ll never use them all but I like how they look.

    —MoeWest on September 22, 2017
  • Wow! A couple of jars plus hidden caches in every drawer. My moms generation never tossed a garment without saving the buttons. Bet some of these are from the 40’s or 50’s!

    —S haddad on September 22, 2017
  • One big jar and it’s slowly filling up.

    —Susan on September 22, 2017
  • I have about 30 jars of buttons. I’ve collected for several years 😍

    —Debi on September 22, 2017
  • I have a big fish bowl of assorted buttons, but I have separate containers of wood, metal, mini, doll, white, black, glass, assorted shapes and my favorite, Mother of Pearl buttons! Love buttons. Thank you, Linda S Pewaukee WI

    —Linda on September 22, 2017
  • I have buttons and buttons, I even have the 2 coffee cans of buttons my dad collected when he was alive. I will never use them all but I love collecting buttons.

    —Debbie L on September 22, 2017
  • I have old tins and mason jars with assorted buttons inherited from my Mom. I think I used a few for my kids clothes, but that was a good 25 years ago! Just might be good time to use them again!

    —Pam C on September 22, 2017
  • I have 5 different button jars, and probably buttons in other places too! Buttons add so much to completing projects!

    —Christy on September 22, 2017
  • I have a half dozen large jars of buttons I have picked up at flea markets, etc. There are some real ‘wow’ buttons amongst all the shirt buttons and plastics from the 50’s. I also am crazy about buttons from the Dill Co. and have two dozen tubes of their buttons. And it goes on from there. I use them on bags and small wall hangings – but I will never run out of buttons.

    —Barbara Nevaril on September 22, 2017
  • Bonnie’s embroidered snowflake button treatment is the cutest idea for buttons that I have seen in a very long time. I have two jars of old buttons and several tins that belonged to my precious mother in law.

    —Vickie S. on September 22, 2017
  • I have a jar full of buttons and this video is so timely. I’m working on a quilted wall hanging for Christmas and I can add some button snowflakes to the plain centers of some sections. Thanks, 🙂

    I love it when that happens – glad we could be of help, Cindy! –Jenny

    —Cindy S on September 22, 2017
  • I have only two Mason jars partially full with buttons. Most of them are pretty nondescript. Whenever I need buttons for a project, I go out and buy new ones.

    —Sandy May on September 22, 2017
  • I have more buttons than I could count. I’ve loved buttons since I was a little girl sitting at my mother’s feet while she sewed she let me play in the button box. I will be using the snowflake button on something soon, it’s fantastic. I would love her new book.

    —Debby Setlock on September 22, 2017
  • I have a quart size jar that holds all my buttons. Some are vintage, others from the extra ones that come with clothing. I save all of them cause you never know when you’ll need a button!

    —Lena Hussey on September 22, 2017
  • 3 apothecary button jars: 1 for buttons from old clothing that’s being turned into rags – I just CANNOT throw away any piece of cloth with a button on it; 1 for "left-overs" – new buttons on cards for specific projects; 1 for the extras that come with new clothes. I also have my mother’s plastic bag of old buttons. I have NO idea what I might need them for someday. But they don’t take up a lot of room, so they stay! The snowflake idea is precious – a good small craft to take along on trips! Thanks for the idea!

    —Rose D. on September 22, 2017
  • I have 10 jars of various sizes and some tins also. I don’t have to go to the store when I need some buttons!

    Ruth Janssen on September 22, 2017
  • Love the snowflake buttons! great use of the many buttons we all own. I just put all my buttons into 1 huge jar – got tired of having to look through so many different places……

    —Judys on September 22, 2017
  • I have many containers of button. Some from ancestors old shoe buttons, of course of all old cloths especially those doomed for the rag bag.

    I use my old buttons all the time. I make broaches and other jewelry.
    buttons are so expensive to buy & they are not made like the old ones.
    I have many buttons still on the old cards It is so much fun. I also dye them if I need a certain color. I also make me own out of all kinds of things. The sky’s the limit of what you can make buttons out of and what you can do with them. I love them wish I had more.

    —Doris Bone on September 22, 2017
  • I keep inherit buttons, my Mother’s, grandmother’s, a dear friend and then of course I buy some of the prettiest ones I find. Needless to say I have 12 box’s full. My granddaughter have sorted them in colors and sizes as well as 2 holes or 4 holes. Makes for a lovely game on a rainy afternoon. I simply love buttons.

    Paula Bowers on September 22, 2017
  • I have so many buttons that I need to organize as there are jars, boxes, and others thrown into plastic bins. There are just so many great buttons out there ~ and the colors!

    —Diana DeWitt on September 22, 2017
  • I have two HUGE jars, one with regular buttons and one with ‘fun’ buttons, even so, I still never seem to be able to find just the ‘right’ button when I need it! I can’t wait to try this snowflake idea…..I’m going to love planning that into my next project! thanks!

    wendyb on September 22, 2017
  • I like to buy interesting buttons at the craft store when I have a coupon. I have a jar of miscellaneous buttons I got at my local quilt shop especially for tying a flannel quilt. But my favorite is the tin of my Grandmother’s buttons. She used to let me play with them when I was a little girl, and now I have inherited them. A lot are clipped off old clothes, but if you look hard you find some special ones.

    Alexia Jandourek on September 22, 2017
  • My buttons are in jars by color but I have so many jars that I had to put them in a tote! I just can’t resist a beautiful button, some are new, some are from antique shops. If it’s a beauty, it’s probably going to be mine.

    —Julianna on September 22, 2017
  • I have 12 button jars/tins, along with 2 plastic bins. I have never met a button I didn’t like. Love the stockings, and the timing is perfect, as I have been looking for wool stockings to make for the holidays for our son and fiancé.

    —Patti on September 22, 2017
  • Oops, I cannot throw out any item of clothing without cutting off the buttons. My collection is not really collected but scattered. I have several depositories. Jugs, shallow dishes, a mayo lid on top of the dryer, and a small box next to my sewing machine to name as few.

    —Camille on September 22, 2017
  • I have always loved buttons. As a child I liked to run my fingers through them. It was a natural thing for me to inherite both of my grandmothers buttons and my mothers and mother-in laws buttons. When my granddaughter made her first quilt we tied it using old buttons on each tie.

    —Barbara on September 22, 2017
  • have over 2 dozen containers, jars & tins. Not sure where they all are. lol

    —shirley marvin on September 22, 2017
  • I have one fairly large square glass jar full of buttons.

    —Janet Sabol on September 22, 2017
  • Have collected many buttons over the last 25 or more years. I think my love of buttons started even longer ago than that. I store them in antique mason jars. Some by color, and some by type of button. My favorites are pearl buttons, vegetable ivory, and metal buttons. I use buttons on many of my quilts, and also make crocheted button necklaces. Will have to try these snowflakes with buttons.

    —Kim t on September 22, 2017
  • I have a very large tin that contain buttons that belonged to my grandmother and my mother. I remember playing in "Nannie" buttons for hours on end. What a good memory.

    —LoAnn Trowbridge on September 22, 2017
  • I have loved buttons since I was a very young girl. On a rainy afternoon my mother would let my little sister and me get out her old tin filled with all kinds of buttons. We would sort them, string them like jewelry, and just play with them for hours. This only happened on very special days! Today I have too many buttons to count. I have leftover buttons on cards from clothes I have made, I have the extra buttons that come with new clothes, I have buttons that came off of old clothes, I have buttons I bought because they were so cute I am sure I will find the perfect use for them, I have craft buttons, Christmas buttons, ladybug buttons, I have every size, color, and shaped button you can imagine. I just love buttons!

    I am preparing to begin a winter season project with embroidered snowflakes that just need a little something extra. The button snowflakes are exactly what I’ve been looking for. I can’t wait to see how it looks!

    What a wonderful memory, Laurie, thank you for sharing it! –Jenny

    —Laurie Devers on September 23, 2017
  • I have two that are full and ready to start another.

    —Melba on September 23, 2017
  • I have jars, cigar boxes, and bins full of buttons. Some are vintage, some are salvaged from clothing, and some are the novelty kind: dragons, snowflakes, leaves. All these buttons and only one quilt I’ve made has buttons!

    —Linda Towers on September 23, 2017
  • I have two huge jars of buttons and some of them are from my mother 😉

    —Brynja on September 23, 2017
  • I have 1 button tin. And you know what – yesterday I scrambled through it, and couldn’t find the button I needed. Guess I need to have another tin or 2.

    —Margaret on September 23, 2017
  • I have my mothers button box and love all of the memories that came with it. This book has some wonderful ideas for the holidays would love to make some of them.

    kathy on September 23, 2017
  • I have 5 tins of various sizes, plus random little bags and a small jar or two. My best friend gave me the collections of her mother and grandmother. She knew she would never use them and that I would find something to do with them. It’s been a lot of fun having such a variety to audition for small projects and gift items.

    —Pearl on September 23, 2017
  • I have some of my late mother in law and mothers plus the ones I have collected along the way. I made my three sons quilts and added buttons from the grandmothers button jars.

    —Barbara Hosford on September 23, 2017
  • Omg, too numerous to count! Love buttons. I have my mother’s collection, plus mine for about 50 years. A friend of mine and I made some little bags that required buttons — we had the best time going through hers and mine. It was a fun evening. We still laugh about that night.

    barb h on September 24, 2017
  • I have several jars worth of buttons, old and new.

    —Brenda on September 24, 2017
  • Do you carry "Scrap Basket Sensations By Kim Brackett ?

    —Jeanette Johannsen on September 25, 2017
  • I have buttons stored in several places. I have seven jars sorted by color or type in my sewing area and more upstairs in a basket that are the replacement buttons for clothing. As a child, I loved sorting my mom’s button box.
    Love the idea for tuning a button into a snowflake!

    —Lisa Zook on September 26, 2017
  • I have a lot and I do mean a lot of buttons.

    —Christi on September 28, 2017
  • Lots of jars of buttons ! Old and new ! They’re so colorful and fun. I remember playing with buttons in my grandmother’s sewing room❤️

    —Lois Capper on September 29, 2017
  • I have lots of buttons. Mostly old. I love Bonnie’s snowflake buttons. Great addition to Quilts.

    —Doreen Borck on September 30, 2017
  • Oh tons of buttons….large jars full and I buy more if I see them at garage sales :0). Some are very old and some are just cute new ones like stars, Christmas trees, little wreaths, it’s all fun :0)
    Happy Sewing

    Kimberly Anne Brandt on September 30, 2017
  • Jars, boxes and tins of buttons! My love of buttons started in my Granny’s two treadle sewing machine drawers. Wish I still had them, but my S-I-L got them. had to start my own collection. Must try to make Bonnie’s button snowflakes! Thanks for sharing!

    —Christie on October 1, 2017
  • I have numerous (maybe 2 dozen or more?) old fruit jars full of buttons, mostly older buttons. They’re so much fun!

    —Susan See on December 6, 2017
  • What a great idea for sewing on buttons! I have to say I was taken aback when I saw this on Pinterest. My mom’s name is Bonnie Sullivan and in December last year about this time she became ill and passed Jan.1, 2018.She did many kinds of crafts. Thank you for pinning this.

    —Athena Dedrick on November 30, 2018

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