The first step in re-purposing clothing for use in a quilt is to remove any buttons. Last weekend I removed the buttons from some denim jumpers and decided I should keep them. You never know when you will need a button and I've seen some really cute crafts that use buttons.
I also decided I would gather all the buttons I had around the house and put them into one jar. I have accumulated quite a few buttons over the years, having saved all the tiny zip lock bags of extra buttons that come with clothing. I don't think I ever actually used any of them to replace buttons on the clothing. I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to find the right button, since they were stuck in different containers and drawers.
Some thoughts on these buttons:
1. How blessed I have been over the years to have plenty of clothes, as all these buttons reflect!
2. These buttons didn't take up that much space, but nonetheless constitute CLUTTER!
3. I will put this jar in my sewing room and from now on all buttons from re-purposed clothing or extra buttons that come from clothing will go in there.
4. I bet you have collected lots of these little zip lock bags of buttons too! Why not put them in a pretty jar for decorative and useful purposes.