Themed or Curated: What’s Your Favorite Kind of Button Story?

Themed set of 1 inch pinback buttons: light blue and green intricate fabric
Themed set of 1 inch pinback buttons: light blue and green intricate fabric
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Curated set of handmade 1 inch pinback buttons: variety of abstract fabric prints in warm colors

One of the elements I most enjoy about making particular craft 1 inch pinback buttons is assembling them into sets of three. Lately I’ve been thinking of them in two big categories: themed and curated.

Both approaches involve the fun of creatively combining motifs and patterns into a (hopefully) interesting visual short story. For curated sets, the sky is the limit, and sometimes the most unexpected combinations resonate to convey a mood, attitude, or aesthetic. Themed sets give me an extra constraint, keeping the fabric the same or closely related, making the creative choices about color, content, pattern shown in those three little 1 inch windows.

Here are two contrasting examples and there are more to explore on at particular craft on Etsy!

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