National Button Day Giveaway

Bernina Going To Be Serviced

Well, that’s my Bernina, off to be serviced. See you in a week, little fella.

A week.


Distractions, distractions, need distractions… How about a giveaway?

The Button Box Lynn Knight

Did you know that it’s National Button Day today? Yup, turns out that there’s a day for everything, even buttons. Which gives me a great opportunity to share this book with you guys.

Lynn Knight The Button Box

The Button Box is a lovely social history from Lynn Knight via the medium of buttons. No, really! It looks at different aspects of women’s lives down the decades, from domesticity to derring-do, war time uniforms to childhood teas. Each chapter is inspired by a button the author finds in her inherited button box. Gorgeous concept, isn’t it? And it’s a really gorgeous read.

Did you know:

  • The introduction of the zip democratised evening dresses. Why? You no longer needed the help of a servant to pull on your floor-length gown.
  • In the early 20th century, the number of bones you had in your corset became a status symbol. A lady might aspire to a 28-bone corset.
  • The linen button was the humblest button of all, worn by colliery and factory men and their wives. Why? It survived the mangle, unlike mother of pearl.

This book is also a social history of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, the author’s home town – and mine. Which means I can’t quite bear to give away my hardback copy of this book. But I’ll happily give away a paperback edition!

Leave a comment below by midnight GMT Saturday 18 November, and your name shall be thrown into the hat. As ever, this competition is open worldwide.

Happy Button Day!


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157 Responses to National Button Day Giveaway

  1. jellybeanjan says:

    What a lovely idea for a book and who doesn’t love buttons?

  2. Lisa Fredericksen says:

    Lisa Fredericksen
    Years ago there was a button shop in Chicago. It was such a wonderful place. I moved away but next time I visit I will have to look into whether it is still there. Buttons…the jewelry of sewing!!

  3. redbarngirl says:

    I usually don’t comment, but I love buttons, and that book sounds absolutely too wonderful to pass up!
    You are reminding me that I should get my machines serviced–some of them probably haven’t been serviced since before I was born…

  4. KirstyR says:

    I love buttons! As a child I remember loving playing with my Mum’s button box and seeing all the different shapes, colours and textures. Now as an adult who loves sewing they’re even more enthralling to me 🙂

  5. Beth says:

    Fascinating! Pick me pick me!!!!

  6. lulusews says:

    looks like an interesting book.

  7. lauriesannie says:

    The trauma of living w/o a sewing machine. Maybe you can kill some time making button jewelry!

  8. Leena Hofmann says:

    I LOVE buttons. I LOVE books. I even LIKE making button holes. And I really LIKE your blog very much!

  9. Penny Dolan says:

    I’d love The Button Box book for my grown-up daughter, please, whose lovely-but-busy new job in theatre wardobe means she won’t have time to get home to see us this Christmas. She’d love the book – and all the history – and I’d like a peep at the pages, too, before posting it back to London..

  10. Charmaine west says:

    Oh would love to win. Who can’t resist a beautiful button! Xx

  11. Ahrabella Lewis says:

    Love both buttons and books plus am always interested in social history. Always enjoy reading your blog as well

  12. Alison says:

    What a lovely idea for a book. Even if I don’t win it I’ll probably have to buy a copy! I love buttons and the stories behind them. I have my grandma’s button box and my mother’s and they’re both full of treasures.

  13. Chloe says:

    I hope your machine has a speedy return! And I am very interested in this book, I will look it up! The only button specialty shop in Toronto has closed (there are others that sell buttons, of course), but the sight of all the boxes of neatly displayed buttons will be missed!

  14. Jenny Lester says:

    Buttons can make or break a garment!! I bought a beautiful red cashmere/wool full length red coat last week from a charity shop in Keswick. Will be wonderful to wear over Christmas! However some of the lovely black oval buttons were missing – I would need to change them all! Luckily I was travelling to London last Saturday so remembered to cut off a button to try to find some replacements! Nothing found on Walthamstow Market – but on a visit to Liberty I found exactly the right ones – first time buttons have cost more than the coat!!!

  15. Cherry says:

    I am still fond of chocolate buttons…..

  16. Libby says:

    What a lovely idea – thank you for this giveaway. I love buttons – I have jars of them in a window in my sewing room.

  17. Mark Sabine says:

    Ooooh! Bizarre for a book about buttons to sound so interesting, but I genuinely think I may buy a copy of this! X

  18. Lynne says:

    Ooo! That sounds like a lovely book. Thank you for the chance of winning it, and hope you get your machine back soon. Lynne

  19. Michelle says:

    Learnt a lot just from your little snippets already. One of my favourite button shops is The Button Box in York. Not sure if it’s still there. I have a few button jars with old buttons in, gosh they bring back memories when you look through them.

  20. Janet Hasselblad says:

    I have my grandmother’s button box. My mom picked it and a cookie jar from grandma’s belongings. And now I have the button box. Sentimental.

  21. Julia Lemon says:

    Why oh why do I find it so hard to part with buttons that I know I will never use? The nicer they are…. the more likely I am to go out and buy MORE buttons for a garment rather than use my own ones!! Maybe this book will address this very issue lol

  22. Baa says:

    Button, button who’s got the button? We played a game when I was young where
    we’d pass a button behind our backs, eyes closed music playing when it stopped
    we would guess who had the button. Hey this was the 1960-70’s no computer games
    Or computers
    Growing up I had an elderly neighbor couple who had a button
    collection mounted in shadow box’s on the walls of their finished
    basement. Such beautiful buttons with stories to go with most of them.
    Dotti & Bill were lovely people the whole neighborhood loved them
    not just the kids.
    What a beautiful book. Such a. Lovely gift

  23. Bridget says:

    What a great book concept

  24. Sarah fitchett says:

    Yes please x

  25. Cathy Quibell says:

    I remember as a child picking through my Nan’s and moms button box…it was always such a fascination wondering what garments they had all come from😀

  26. How absolutely wonderful. I love buttons and collect vintage ones, aspiring one day to use them in my sewing. I love buying old buttons where you can still see small pieces of the garment attached. It really brings to life what they were originally used for. This book sounds absolutely fab. Xx

  27. Debbie says:

    What a lovely book, I know someone this would be perfect for, if Im not lucky it is going on my christmas list .

  28. Hester says:

    What a gorgeous book! My great aunt had all sorts of sewing-related randomalia in her house, and I remember finding, and being very intrigued by, linen buttons in her stash. I hadn’t thought about mangles, but that makes perfect sense!

  29. AnnieS says:

    I LOVE buttons and would love to read the book

  30. barbara woods says:

    always have need of buttins and would love the histery

  31. Louise says:

    Wonderful buttons, and sounds like a great read.

  32. Anne says:

    How fascinating.

  33. nicola says:

    Wow fabulous! love buttons little pieces of art!!! The book sounds fabulous!

  34. Kim says:

    Cool book! 😎 Thanks for sharing!

  35. Tracey Nixson says:

    I broke so many buttons in the mangle 😂

  36. Emily Handler says:

    Thanks for the giveaway; it sounds like an interesting read!

  37. Keli says:

    I loved to poke around looking for cards of vintage buttons in thrift shops
    yet I find myself hesitating to actually USE them on a make! What if I find
    that they would have been better used on the NEXT make? Haha- I guess
    I could just cut them off (yikes!) & put them on the new make. Decisions,
    decisions. Looks like an engrossing read. I enjoy
    your pics; always beautifully styled.

  38. Clare purtill says:

    What a interesting book, love to read about history of buttons.

  39. I collect buttons 🙂 This sounds like an absolutely gorgeous read 🙂

  40. Megan says:

    What an interesting sounding book. Makes me think of the fun times as a child sorting through the button tin… modern children do not know what they are missing out on.

  41. I love Buttons. My students used to laugh when I told them about my beloved button box! And my blog is even named Sew Buttons. Guess that makes me the perfect choice to win this charming book!

  42. Becky Cornes says:

    Awesome giveaway. Like you, I have really fond memories of Chesterfield, as I did my Nurse Training there. It was the best 3 years of my life.
    This book sounds amazing and I would love the opportunity to read it please. Thank you for the awesome chance.

  43. Victoria says:

    I love the sound of this book! I have rather a lot of buttons in a suitcase. It’s surprising how many you can fit in a suitcase, it’s a little embarrassing!

  44. Logan says:

    What an excellent choice for a give away. If I don’t win it is going on my holiday list.

  45. Happy button day! This book has been on my Amazon wishlist for a while now, but I have yet to actually own it. I think every sewer probably has a tin or box FULL of buttons, just waiting to be matched with the perfect garment 😀

  46. Naomi Sews says:

    Sounds like an amazing book. I loved raiding my mums button box as a child and creating stories for all the buttons!

  47. Shelley says:

    Love buttons, love books – sounds perfect.

  48. Anne says:

    The book sounds fascinating. I’ve got my Mum’s old button collection, including some really old ones I’m waiting to find a special project for. Maybe I’ll learn more about them in this book!

  49. Carolyn Dewhirst says:

    My partner always helps me pick buttons for projects. It’s his crafty contribution. We have interesting conversations! Many buttons in our house.

  50. Sue Johnson says:

    What a fabulous idea for book. Love my button box

  51. Gretchen H says:

    I’ve never really given much thought to the history of buttons, but your little snippets have me intrigued. This sounds like a book very much worth reading.

  52. Jenny says:

    Buttons, how do I love them, let me count the ways …… sorry mr S. But I am glad to see my 5 year old granddaughter has inherited my love as she heads for my spice jar rack of different coloured buttons to do sorting whenever she visits.

  53. Johanna says:

    What a nice idea for a book. I like the stories of your readers as well.

  54. Martha Sell says:

    Which came first…buttons or weaving? Would love to know, after reading about origins of weaving as women’s work.

  55. Jo says:

    My mum would love this!

  56. LilyCerise says:

    I’m very attached the buttons I collected over time as most come from my grandmothers. I love the concept of this book! Thank you for the discovery! Even if I don’t win the giveaway, I’ll have gain a new name on my reading wishlist! xxx

  57. KerryAnne says:

    Would love to read this book all the way in Australia, my visit to London last Dec Jan, was amazing and I was able to explore many fabric shops, I love a good button search.

  58. Naomi says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I really want to read this book now and it’s gone straight onto my Christmas wish list. I mean, social history told through buttons – what a fascinating concept!

  59. Knitlass says:

    Ooh. I love buttons – and was lucky enough to inherit my grannies button box when she died.

  60. Nicole says:

    Going to re-organise my button tin in honour of National Button Day and hoping I win this book!

  61. Jessica says:

    What a fascinating book!

  62. Fiona says:

    I think these comments prove that we are never too old to play with buttons!

  63. Martha Reed says:

    I love me a story book about sewing!

  64. Kim says:

    That sounds so interesting, I love old buttons.

  65. Christine Coutts says:

    Oh the stories my Mother had to tell when I picked out favourites from her button box! Tall tales & true from her legendary past -to paraphrase Walt Disney. These days my buttons are filed by colour & size, not just a haphazard pile, & I think a little story telling is lost with my desire to be a serious seamstress.

  66. Joy says:

    Lovely giveaway. I love buttons and have lots of them but still rummage around in charity and vintage shops for more!

  67. Anneka Avery says:

    Brilliantly buttonlicious! I’m keen to know more about the history of these buttons and also the derby area as it’s close to me.. I never thought I’d ever be this interested in reading a book about buttons but wow I’d love to win!

  68. LaineeMakes says:

    Pick me. I love a giveaway and this will be a lovely present.:)

  69. The is a wonderful shop in NYC called Tender Buttons. It’s like a small museum. When I first started sewing there was a button shop near where I Iived that was its antithesis. The place was an absolute mess, but the owner could always find the perfect button. I would enjoy this book.

  70. SewSavory says:

    It sounds like a lovely read. Fingers crossed for the win!

  71. Patricia M Ferrito says:

    Thanks so much for suggesting this book. I just ordered 2 copies from Amazon, 1 for me and 1 for my mother- age 79. (No need to pick me- shipping to the US is $$ and I just bought it.) She is the one who taught me to sew. Her home town library is small and limited- and she isn’t much for ordering books online. So when I find books I know she will like, I send them to her. She is in to history lately and will probably want to ask my hubby the history teacher about the historical background of the book. Thanks again! Keep those book suggestions coming!

  72. peggy leah says:

    I wonder if I should put buttons in jars
    rather than ziploc bags. Hum. Would love that book.
    I submit my name for the drawing!

    • Sandra says:

      I did. every color has its own little jar. It looks lovely and each time I open my sewing closet I love that colorful view 🙂

  73. Paula McLean says:

    What a fab prize, and I know just the person who would adore the book as a Christmas gift.

  74. Hrachelp says:

    I am to have my grandmother’s button box which is currently with my mother. So much history there. I always remember to save the buttons from discarded clothing like my grandmother did. Never know when you can use those again on another garment.

  75. Sue says:

    What a wonderful concept! I love my button box and have fond memories of my Mom’sand Grandma’s.

  76. CS says:

    I love buttons so much I frame may favourites so I can look at them all the time. I wish my grannie was still here to talk me through her button jar that she gave to my mum and my mum gave to me.

  77. Colesworth says:

    My Mum used to let me buy a button for me collection everytime I was waiting for her to choose materials. I still have it! I’d love this book ;o)

  78. Kathy says:

    It sounds like a very interesting book.

  79. Pat Austin says:

    Just love buttons, can’t resist buying them. Love to win this book.

  80. Nicola says:

    I love buttons . Childhood memories of playing with the button box. The book looks interesting thanks for this competition.

  81. Sandra says:

    Buttons! Last year I was given a little bag with vintage buttons by a colleagues mom. Some of them are new and some of them were already used. I especially love these and often think of stories they might have already seen….

  82. skaapie says:

    That book sounds super interesting. My favourite buttons from my childhood are little Peter Rabbit ones 🙂

    • Anne says:

      Oh yes I remember those Peter Rabbit buttons – When I was about 3 years old I had a pale blue dressing gown with them on and a felt Peter Rabbit on the back as a cord carrier. Please add me into the draw for the book Karen.

  83. Susan Williams says:

    I used to know an elderly lady who had been a tailoress. Sadly she’s no longer with us, however she gave me her old button tin (knowing that I sewed). I treasure it. How lovely that there’s a Button Day!

  84. Yvonne Wilkinson says:

    What a lovely idea

  85. Oh how lovely. I inherited the button boxes from both my grandmothers, and I can’t resist the button boxes in charity shops 😊

  86. theflyingneedlesew says:

    What a wonderful, wonderful book! My family publishes sewing books in Germany, so I am doubly interested ;-)!

  87. Noddfacrafts says:

    I’ve always had a “button box” as did my Mum and Grandmother! There’s history in those boxes!

  88. Jane says:

    I loved emptying and sorting my Mum’s button tin as a child – and I still have some of my grandmother’s buttons (and belt buckles – probably from the 1930s when decorative belts were more common). Buttons are quite enthralling aren’t they? Except for my friends daughter who has Koumpounophobia !

  89. Debby58 says:

    My button boxes are ones my grandmother’s had. The history they will have seen must be incredible i would love to learn more.

  90. Stephanie Keill says:

    How wonderful!

  91. Judi says:

    I’d love to read this book – is there any better way of spending half an hour than sorting through an old button box? Love buttons!!

  92. Tracey Bingham says:

    Another fascinating topic which you take for granted

  93. Mandy says:

    I love your blog and will definitely look this book up. Ive recently started a textile degree and playing with my gandmothers button box inspired my theme for next terms project – buttons 🙂

  94. Mandy says:

    Oops – I think I made a mistake in my earlier email address. Amended it now. Still going to use buttons as my inspiration for next terms textile project.

  95. ari says:

    Ooh! That’s both a lovely book and a lovely concept.

  96. How interesting! I’ve just finished packing up our house, ready for moving, and was really alarmed at how much space my button collection needed. I can’t throw a button away! I find it hard to hand over a garment to the charity shop if it has a nice button on it. But my big worry is, who will look after them when I die?

  97. Linda Hinds says:

    sounds like a lovely book x

  98. Having just added one new word to both my english and Italian vocabulary (mangle and mangano respectively) I am already quite happy as goveaways go.. but why not try my luck! 🙂

  99. Lorraine Stone says:

    Love to hear the history of everyday items, fab book!

  100. I love to make buttons to complement my stitching projects. Dorset, Yorkshire and Macclesfield buttons; ‘austerity’, felted and beaded all have fascinating stories behind them. I’m always on the lookout for more varieties to try and stories to tell – this book sounds ideal.

  101. Nidgeworth says:

    Happy rainy afternoons when I was little, sorting out the button box

  102. I didn’t realise you are from Chesterfield. Me too! I’m hoping to move back there soon after 30 years away. This book will go onto my reading list even if I don’t win a copy.

  103. There is something very magical about an old biscuit or sweetie tin of buttons.. preferably your grannies button tin! They are a real paradox to me too as the ocd in me desperately wants to sort them and group them neatly in little rows of colour sequential bags However, there is also a massive part of me that just loves running my fingers through them, love the sound they make too.

    The solution is to spend hours laying them out in the matching sets until i find the right size colour and number i need for whatever i’m making and them scooping them all back into their tin!

    Interestingly there are several Facebook pages that specialize in Buttons … I’m only on one or two or i will end up with millions of beautiful Vintage buttons. I don’t really know enough about them all but lots of people do …. they probably all own this book or others like it that tell the history of the humble button 😀


  104. Marian Allen says:

    I have both my mother’s and my grandmothers button boxes and I treasure them!

  105. My button collection is my absolute treasure! My daughter (now 27) learned all of her colors, shapes, counting, primary mathematics, etc, from sorting and re-sorting my button collection!

  106. caroline tokes says:

    sounds like an interesting book

  107. Ellen M. says:

    My girls used to play with the buttons in my button tin, like I did when I visited my grandmother. Your post brought up many happy memories! Thank you for sharing with us!

  108. I loooove buttons but am ashamed to say I didn’t know it was Button Day. I have a huge stash of buttons, every colour with their own drawer, and I often get them out and just admire them. They are there to be used, problem is I love them that much I never want to use them!
    I would love to win your giveaway xx

  109. Margaret Freeman says:

    Combined stories of buttons annnnd Chesterfield! What are could a woman want!

  110. sewingaddict says:

    I love buttons! The book sounds fascinating (okay, I am a historian, just so you know!). I need to organize my buttons better; currently they are all shoved into ziplock bags – not very attractive.

  111. Chris T says:

    Sounds like a lovely book, please count me in.

  112. Awfulknitter says:

    National Button Day! I feel the urge to go to eBay and browse for vintage buttons now. And that’s after I spent far too much on buttons at the flea market on Saturday. They were so pretty, I couldn’t resist: But then I never can resist, which is why I have a big boxful! I think a well-stocked button tin is a fine thing to aspire to.

    My favourite button shop is Duttons for Buttons. I love that you can send them your fabric or yarn, and they’ll send some matching buttons for you to choose from: such a useful service!

  113. Jenifir says:

    Please count me in on the book draw! As a small child, I spent hours with my mother’s button box and still love collecting!

  114. Lyn J. says:

    I am so glad that you brought this book to our attention — I love history and this sounds delightful. (And sewing related as well — nothing better!)

  115. Christine says:

    I’d love to win a copy too. I used to do everything that everyone else seems to have done with buttons – and I love them still!

  116. Colleen says:

    I would adore having this book on my shelves and would read it cover to cover. My love for buttons is almost as strong as my love for fabric…..and that knows no bounds!

    Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book!

  117. Sally says:

    My Mum passed away earlier this year and I have her button tin; I look at some of those buttons and I can remember playing with them as a child and the clothes they once adorned . I also live near Chesterfield, love reading your blog.

  118. Frankie says:

    This looks like a great book!

  119. Cindy says:

    I love using vintage buttons on new garments.

  120. Robin says:

    Buttons are very cherished, as they are both small beauties easily transported but also so very practical when actually used! I have a collection of old and unusual as well as their more commonplace cousins. I carefully consider their use for every project. Can! Really look anymore, I just get overwhelmed. Sounds like a great book.

  121. Deayzeesew says:

    Ooo what a fabulous book – I love buttons and have a Kilner jar filled with my grandmother’s button hoard. I’d love to win this.

  122. Kathy says:

    Beautiful. It was always fun to sort through my mums button jar looking for the right button for a project. I now have my own collection of buttons just waiting to be used

  123. Juliana says:

    Happy button day!! That’s awesome
    And very interesting idea to build up a book on that idea.
    Wishes of peace and strength away from your sewing machine!!

  124. Debbie Henderson says:

    who didnt love playing with Grans button box!!!
    they still fascinate me x

  125. Denise W says:

    I have many button treasures, some of them inherited and if a garment is too worn to be of use and has pretty buttons, I add to my collection.

  126. Misty says:

    sounds like a really interesting read! would love it!

  127. The most amazing buttons I’ve seen recently were in Sabah ( North Borneo) in September and you could buy Chinese woven and embroidered buttons as well as plastic and wooden ones. A spectacular display but I can’t recall when I last sewed a button onto anything. Didn’t stop me buying some though!

  128. rdejam says:

    I loooooove buttons! I have been collecting them since I was a kid. I started with my grandmother’s button box and now have quite a collection. It’s one of the few things I have that I’m not embarrassed my kids will find when they have to go through my sewing toom. Lol!

  129. Liana says:

    Would love to know how linen buttons were made!

  130. Mari carmen Garcia Sanchez says:

    Que libro mas interesante!!! Me encantan los botones, sobre todo antiguos. Una vez compre unos diminutos de nácar en una feria de antigüedades y me puedo tirar horas viéndolos en puestos del mercado.

  131. Sox says:

    I love buttons! When I was little my mom would give me her button jar to play with when she needed me out of the way for a little while.

  132. Mary Beth Mesrobian says:

    sounds like a fun book, I would love to win

  133. Laurpud says:

    Ooo- what a great companion that would be to my button jars! It really sounds fascinating!

  134. N. MacGregor says:

    I find it fascinating how the zipper changed society and history in general and reduced our dependence on buttons. I would love to win a copy of the book.

  135. Polly Pierce says:

    Sounds like an interesting book! We’ve been collecting buttons for at least three generations in my family starting with my grandmother, though I suspect this is something which has been going on for a lot longer…! Something that really annoys me is if another member of the family decides to chuck/recycle a garment without harvesting the buttons first, I mean, you never know when they’ll come into their own do you?

  136. Emily Louise says:

    Oh this is really lovely!! I

  137. Glynis O'Halloran says:

    Sounds like a book I’d enjoy. I am very interested in social history and I have very clear memories of my own Mother’s button box.

  138. Carole Nott says:

    great book = sounds very interesting and would love to read more

  139. Jacqui Rankine says:

    Sounds very interguing. I would love a read. Thanks for the chance

  140. Jane says:

    I have buttons that belonged to my mum, auntie and grandmother. I love the litttle pearl buttons but I have some linen ones too. Now I know that they went through the mangle without breaking – my grandmother used a mangle and a wash tub in the scullery in the back yard. I’m a Black Country girl by birth.

  141. Caroline Marshall says:

    National Button Day – that made me smile. I’ve just been away for a couple of days with good friends. They don’t really love buttons as much as I do, but yesterday they presented me with a surprise gift of a jar of mixed buttons they had bought from a charity shop. They know me well ! xx

  142. Bridget Daley says:

    Love Books and Buttons so fingers crossed

  143. Julie Kaye says:

    Every time I have some unwanted clothing I don’t know if I should take the buttons (and zips) off and throw the garment away – which seems wasteful, or to leave them on and give the clothes to the charity shop. I would really like to keep the buttons!

  144. Simone Griffin says:

    I used to love playing in my nan’s button box when I was younger 🙂

  145. Claire-Louise Maltas says:

    I remember spending hours playing with my grandma’s button tin. Thank you for the walk down memory lane.

  146. Kim says:

    I remember as a child, my grandmother’s button tin……I wish I knew where it had gone.

  147. Beryl Drake says:

    I adore buttons so versatile and can ehhance so made things and rejuvenate that tired cardigan or jacket roo

  148. Dale Dow says:

    oooh fingers crossed, sounds like a book I would love x

  149. Lucie Davies says:

    I love buttons and the book looks fabulous. Would love a copy so much. Good luck everyone xx

  150. habitualweb says:

    What a brilliant idea! Would love to have a read 🙂

  151. Claire Knott says:

    sounds great-fingers crossed

  152. lois levy says:

    I just love buttons ever since I was a little girl and my nan left me her button box when she passed away

  153. Victoria Hedley says:

    What a lovely idea! I love buttons. Like, true love 💛

  154. Jenny says:

    yes I’d be interested to read this one

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