Did you know that there is a National Button Day? It is a day to celebrate all things buttons! From button-shaped jewelry to vintage buttons to those pesky buttons that pop off our clothes, there is something for everyone on this special day.

National Button Day is a day to celebrate the humble button. Buttons come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, bone, metal, and glass. They are used to fasten clothing, decorate items, and much more. On this day, people can upcycle with buttons by changing out the buttons on an old shirt to give it a new look. People can also go on a treasure hunt for old clothing with unique buttons or start their own button jar. No matter how you choose to celebrate, its is a day to appreciate the history and versatility of this small but mighty object.

The Fascinating History of National Button Day

Buttons have been used for centuries to fasten clothing and provide decoration. The oldest button ever found dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, which flourished in what is now Pakistan and India between 5,000 and 3,000 BCE. The button was made of a flat piece of river shell and had a hole drilled through the center. It is likely that this type of button was used more for decoration than function, as other methods were available for fastening clothing. Buttons became increasingly common during the Middle Ages, as clothing styles changed and new technologies made it easier to produce large quantities of buttons quickly. By the early 1800s, buttons were an essential part of everyday fashion, with companies producing millions of buttons each year to meet the demands of the growing fashion industry. Today, buttons are still widely used in clothing, as well as in a variety of other objects such as bags and jewelry. While their purpose may have changed over time, buttons continue to be a popular way to add style and personality to any number of items.

The first buttons were actually used as ornamentation and were not intended to be functional. They were made from a variety of materials including bone, wood, metal, and stone, and were often very ornate and decorative. It wasn’t until the 13th century that buttons began to be used as fasteners when sewing loops (known as buttonholes) were developed. This allowed buttons to be sewn onto clothing in a way that they could be easily undone and redone. 

Since the 13th century, buttons have undergone a lot of changes. Different materials such as glass, plastic, and horn have been used to make them. In the 18th century, mass production techniques were developed which allowed for the creation of buttons on a much larger scale. And in the 19th century, new types of buttons such as shank buttons (which have a hollow stem) and toggle buttons (which have a loop on one side and a bar on the other) were invented. 

Buttons have also played an important role in both World Wars. During World War I, brass was needed for ammunition so women started wearing cloth covered buttons instead. And during World War II, zippers became scarce due to their use in military uniforms so women started using buttons again to fasten their clothing. 

From their humble beginnings as mere decoration, to their current status as an essential item of clothing, buttons have come a long way. They have been utilized during wartime, been subject to fashion trends, and have even been used as currency at times. The next time you put on a shirt or jacket, take a moment to appreciate the history behind the humble button.

How to Observe National Button Day?

Buttons are not just for holding our clothes together – they can also be works of art! If you take a look around your home, you may be surprised at how many button treasures you can find. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Look in your sewing box – do you have any vintage buttons that you’ve been saving for a special project?
  • Sort through your jewelry box – do you have any button-shaped earrings or necklaces?
  • Raid your grandmother’s button jar – she may have some beautiful antique buttons that you can use or add to your collection.
  • Check your local thrift store – you never know what hidden treasures you might find!

Celebrate this day by changing buttons on your old shirt!

One of the most common ways we use buttons is on our clothing. But what do you do when a button pops off or gets lost? Never fear, changing a button is easy! All you need is a needle and thread and a few minutes of time. Here’s how:

  1. First, find a replacement button that matches the size and color of the one that is missing.
  2. Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.
  3. Poke the needle through the fabric from the back side so that the knot is hidden underneath.
  4. Align the holes in the button with the thread and poke the needle through one hole and out the other.
  5. Wrap the thread around the shank of the button (the part that sticks out from under the fabric) several times and then poke the needle back through to the wrong side of the fabric.
  6. Tie a knot on the wrong side of the fabric to secure the button in place.
  7. Cut off any excess thread and voila! You’ve successfully changed a button.

Buttons have been a part of human fashion for centuries, and the vast array of materials that can be used to make them means that there is a button to suit every taste. Wood is a traditional material for buttons, and it can be carved into intricate shapes or simply left in its natural state. Clay is another popular choice, as it can be molded into any number of designs. Shell buttons are stylish and elegant, while plastic buttons are perfect for everyday wear. No matter what your style, there is sure to be a button that will suit your needs. So take a look at the wide selection of materials that are available and find the perfect button for you.

Take some time this day to sort through your button collection, raid your grandma’s button jar, or head to your local thrift store in search of hidden treasures! And if you need to change a button or two, now you know how!


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