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favor-“ette”: a {spare} button tip

I was reminded of this tip while packing for a trip I took recently (stay tuned for more on that!).

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I cannot sew. At all. Except for buttons. I can totally sew a button. And years ago I came across this so-simple yet so-useful tip, and I bet you’re going to love it too!

You know how you often get a spare button with a new shirt or pair of pants? What do you do with it? Do you toss it or keep it? And if you keep it, where does it go?

A Button Tip l sherisilver.com

Mine went into my sewing kit that my grandma gave me forever ago. And over the years the pile of buttons grew and grew, to the point that it would be a challenge, to say the least, of ever finding that spare when I actually needed it. Worse, what if I needed it while traveling?

Enter Queen Martha. She suggested – all the way back in 2003 – sewing the spare button(s) right into the garment. You could sew it into a hem or on a tag (as I did here), making it readily available. Wherever you might be.

A Button Tip l sherisilver.com

SO clever, right?

If you sell or donate your clothes this is an especially nice tip as the recipient will also get those buttons that you now no longer need.

What do you think? Would you do this? DO you do this?

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