Here are some recent reviews of Button It Up. I’ve linked directly to the original reviews and included a snippet of each one here, too!
Susan Martin of The Buffalo News: Susan Beal has some clever ideas about what to do with those buttons you’ve been saving all these years. Or the vintage ones you find yourself admiring at thrift shops, estate sales or in your grandmother’s button box.
Natalie Zee Drieu of CRAFT: The variety of projects is fantastic — learn how to turn your buttons into necklaces, earrings, rings and embellish napkins, curtains, bags, and more. I love the the photos in the book and the detailed illustrations that take you through the steps of making the projects.
Michaela Murphy of CraftStylish: Susan offers some easy-to-follow techniques and super-crafty know-how, including a jewelry-making 101 section with info to serve all skill levels, whether you are a craft newbie or a seasoned pro. The book is nicely organized and the photography and illustrations are superb. Stunning button necklaces, bracelets, and rings to make, or spiffy home decor delights with button embellishment ideas and quick-to make projects — this is the book that you have been saving all of those buttons for!
Amanda Blake Soule of SouleMama: Susan Beal’s newly released book Button It Up was the source of my
obsession inspiration. The book is full of projects for putting beautiful buttons to use – everything from jewelry to home decor and clothing. The array of projects is diverse, and so is the time and skill level needed to complete them. Perfect for just a quick little crafty button-love fix. (Okay… except that quick little fix turned into a whole afternoon affair as I kept making just one more thing!)
Kathy Cano Murillo of Crafty Chica: Susan is a genius when it comes to designing classic and cool, functional objects. Here, she offers a world of ideas using only buttons! I’m very excited to make some of these projects!
Lee Meredith of ThreadBanger: Susan Beal’s Button It Up is a gorgeous book, filled with buttony eye-candy, as well as how-tos for all kinds of great projects! It starts out with button history, style, and types, and then we’re given a techniques section with great illustrations showing everything we need to know to make jewelry, sew, and glue with vintage buttons… Then on to the projects! Page after page of gorgeously photographed button necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and more jewelry.
Rachel Hobson of Average Jane Crafter: The Vintage Button Primer gave me an incredible appreciation for buttons and left me really excited to see how Susan and the guest contributors used them in the book. Aside from the primer chapter, the book is filled with a beautiful variety of projects from home dec items, to jewelry and gifts. Most are in the easy to medium category of difficulty, and most seem to be doable in a short amount of time (big points for that!)
Linda Permann of Lindamade: The book has 80 projects in Susan’s signature simple style — each one lets the focus be on the unique buttons you choose to highlight. Every project is complemented with full page photography so you can soak up all of the pretty buttons contained in each one.
Sarah Schlosser-Moon of Sewer-Sewist: If you’re familiar with Susan’s jewelry-making book, Bead Simple (a well put together and highly approachable book, if you’re interested in jewelry making), you’ll appreciate that Button it Up follows a similar format — lots of great “recipes” (that’s how I think of them) for making unique projects, this time using buttons.
Sally Shim of Shim + Sons: If you have a love for buttons + crafting this is the perfect book for you.
Kristen Conard of Feminist Review: I was impressed by the readability and clarity of the directions on the projects. The steps are written specifically. Unlike some craft books, this one has an image for every project on facing page. There is no searching for what the project should look like.