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How To Sew A Button | Book Review


Recently I had the opportunity to review a wonderful new book by Erin Bried, a Senior Staff Writer at Self magazine, called “How To Sew A Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew.”

Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew

When I was in Middle School I had to take a class called “Home Economics.”  Only it wasn’t called Middle School back then, it was called Junior High, for grades 7-9.

In Home Ec, we learned basic cooking skills such as food safety and baking.  We also learned basic skills such as how to sew a button and learned how to iron.  We had to find a pattern and learned how to shop for the right of fabric and sewing notions.   I think that Home Ec should still be a required subject in schools.

Although I really tried to pass on such skills to my grown daughters when they were growing up, they were much more interested in playing sports.  Of course, before Title IX came on-board, competitive sports weren’t available to girls my age.

The girls were in for a rude awakening when they went off to college and set up housekeeping in dorms and apartments!  They were on the phone with ‘Mom’ all the time asking questions!

How To Sew A Button

In her book, Bried, who was featured on the “Today Show”,  shares over 100 essential ‘must-know’ and ‘how-to’ skills that apply to both women and men.  In preparation for her book, Bried interviewed over 20 grandmothers from across the country.  My own mom and grandmother (who lived to be 101) grew up during the Great Depression, and because of that experience, learned to make do with what they had, as well as fix, repair and become creative.  In fact, I inherited a cookie can full of thousands of buttons that my mom had cut off from garments over the years!

Some of my favorite chapters included:

  • Omit Oopsies – How to Remove Most Stains

This is important, as any college student, mom, homeowner or apartment dweller knows.  Want to know how to remove red wine, blood, lipstick or mud?  It’s in here!  If you’re a college student or apartment dweller who placed a deposit – these tips might help you get your deposit back when you move~

  • Get Stoked – How to Build a Fire

My charming son-in-law is from Vermont.  His family likes to have a bonfire or camp fire in a backyard pit.  On one of my first visits up there, all the gals knew how to build, start and stoke the fire to keep it burning.  I remember somebody saying that if you didn’t know how to build a fire up there, you wouldn’t survive!

  • Use Your Imagination – How to Make Art Out of Pressed Flowers

Years ago we had a boat that we kept docked at a marina on the Connecticut River.  In the fields nearby were tons of wild flowers.  Many of my friends were getting married, so I used to pick the flowers and then dry and press them.  I’d make a framed wall-hanging out of their wedding invitation.  You’ll find plenty of tips in this chapter, as there’s definitely a trick to getting it to come out right!

How to Sew A Button is not only educational, it’s retro-chic and a wonderful read!

If you know a bride-to-be or a student going off to college, this book would make a special gift!

A Ballantine Trade Paperback Original

Published: December 15, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-345-51875-0

MSP: $15.00

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About Cindi Moomettes

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  1. This is not a female, but my Dad has taught me how to get out almost any stain with cold water, ice, and a towel. Oh, and I subscribe.

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  2. I subscribe. My grandma taught me to make scrambled eggs when I was little. I loved cooking with her.
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  3. I subscribe. :) My grandma taught me to never let a stain rest. She told me that it is better to get a jump on a stain and work to remove it immediately in order to save the item marked. I used one of her techniques last night. I put jojoba oil in my hair at night, and the bottle dripped on my bed spread leaving a quarter sized mark on my satiny grey bedspread. I immediately got out of bed and grabbed baby powder. I put baby powder on the oil mark and lightly tapped it into the mark. After that, my hubby and I went to bed. In the morning, I took an old brush and lightly brushed the powder away and the oil mark with it. You can’t even tell that oil ever got on our spread.

    Thanks for the contest!

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  4. I am a facebook fan. :)

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  5. I follow on Google Friend Connect.

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  6. I have your button on my right side bar.

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  8. Oh yeah, I follow you on Twitter @kellyblackwell

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  10. I follow as wiscmom24 on twitter.

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  11. I tweeted.

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  12. I signed up to follow via e-mail


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  13. My mom taught me never to put things in the dryer until you made sure a stain was totally gone


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  14. My grandma taught me how to peel an onion! Oh boy!!! And sew!

  15. I follow via google

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  16. email subscriber
    Tip: When sewing childrens clothing, always add a few inches to the hem so you can take it out later as they grow

  17. My grandma taught me how to crochet.

  18. I am a subscriber.

  19. My mom taught me how to iron & i HATED doing it….thankfully though i have a husband who doesnt care for his clothes to be ironed! woo hoo!

  20. My mom taught me how to do some sewing
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  21. I am a subscriber via e-mail. My neighbor taught me how to crochet however she is left-handed so I had a difficult time following her. I kept turning my work…it took awhile but i got it. Love learning things this book looks like it could help me with a lot of things that I have the desire to learn but haven’t taught myself yet! :) Thanks for sharing

  22. I subscribed and would love to win a copy of this book. My Mom and Grandma taught me how to cook. My Mom cooked in a healthy way before it was popular. She taught me to use olive oil instead of butter and to drain anything you fry on paper towel.

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  23. I retweeted the givaway at 2:55 today.
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  24. Mom gave me several sticks of lye soap, that she made, and whenever I have a stubborn stain, I attack it with the lye soap bar. Works! (Or maybe it is the elbow grease along with the lye soap, eh?)

    I think this would be a fun book to have.

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    subscribed through your *blitz* button!
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  25. I am a suscriber. The favorite tip my Mom taught me was to sort the laundry so that the colors do not bleed.

  26. I follow you on google friend.

  27. I follow you on twitter @WendiP.

  28. Subscribed to your newsletter. Fave thing I learned from my Mom? How to iron. Do I do it now? Nope. haven’t used an iron in 10 years. The dryer or wrinkle remover spray workds well for me now.

  29. A great tip I learned from my mom is to use a tiny bit of conditioner to tame my static-y hair.

  30. I’m a newsletter subscriber

  31. I signed up for your newsletter updates. A favorite tip I learned from my mom was how to cook rice.

  32. I became your Facebook fan under the name Lily Kwan/likwan.

  33. I follow you on Facebook Networked Blogs under the name Lily Kwan/likwan.

  34. I am a subscriber.
    My mom taught me, Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster

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