Tucson’s Best Kept Secret: Claire’s Rare Button Collection

What You Need to Know About Claire’s Rare Button Collection

If you’re new to Tucson or visiting, then this is definitely the perfect opportunity for you to learn about Claire’s rare button collection at Fabrics That Go, which owner Claire Grunstein has collected throughout the years. They’re perfect for any fabric projects, whether you’re reviving an antique piece, clothing, or creating something new.

Who is Claire?

At 93 years of age and with over 70 years of experience, everyone looks to Fabrics That Go owner Claire Grunstein when it comes to the fabrics and design industry. She still works at the store to this day, helping customers fulfill their home project dreams and constantly coming up with creative products from reversible jackets to unique and original upholstery fabric designs.

Today, Fabrics That Go continues to carry the largest selection of Southwest fabrics in the world and attracts customers from all throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and as far away as Italy for their unique home fabrics.

The Collection

Claire has always been passionate about collecting buttons throughout the years, to the point where she now has an incredibly large collection of rare buttons. They certainly showcase a diverse variety of beauty- special due to their rarity, many of antique quality and made with superb craftsmanship.

Ask our staff to show you her incredible button collection and they will take you back to browse through the thousands (seemingly endless). Many are one-of-a-kind and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Buy Rare Buttons Today

All of these buttons are available for purchase. Claire has ventured the world to share the beauty of different cultures and traditions through unique buttons. Buttons of all shapes and sizes for many different projects.

Buttons for Amazing Projects

These rare buttons are simply perfect for when you have a home or DIY project in mind. You can even use them for clothing, where you can easily flaunt them about, walking down the street knowing no one else has them. You may also use these rare buttons for drapery and upholstery, adding accents to furniture or tufting, complementing premium fabrics from Fabrics That Go.

Add timeless artistry to your home by using rare buttons that Claire has accumulated throughout the years. There are simply no limits to how you use these buttons. You can certainly get inspiration or ideas from us here at Fabrics That Go, where we can consult and help you with how you can use Claire’s rare button collection with designs that work for your home. We can even provide a free quote for us to complete your project ideas.

The Perfect Fabrics

Our selection of over 10,000 bolts of fabric will help complement the unique buttons from Fabrics That Go, giving you an idea on how you can accentuate the look of your furniture and other decorative items.

Purchase Fabrics Online

Claire’s special button collection is a local attraction, where customers must come into the store to admire or purchase. Browse our online store to order fabrics to be shipped directly to your door, or contact us with what you are looking for and we can provide recommendations. 

 

Now is definitely the perfect time to start a fun home project. Come in and browse Claire’s Rare Button Collection and talk to us about your ideas, so that we can help make them a reality.

Contact us for ideas on your project today or get a free quote on any fabric project you might have in mind.

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Everything Needed at Fabrics That Go

 

Pick from any style you want for your chair upholstery from our vast collection of fabrics, with over 10,000 bolts of fabrics available for you to choose from. We complete your project from start to finish, get a free quote to learn how much materials would cost and how much it would be for us to upholster. We also custom make furniture, where customers choose their silhouette and fabric.

Fabrics That Go provides premium-quality fabrics and materials for the project that you have in mind, whether you’re looking to reupholster or create table runners, tablecloths, or window treatment. 

If any project proves too difficult to DIY, get a quote to find out how much it would cost us to complete.

Shop now and choose from our vast selection of fabrics. If you can’t find what you need online, contact us for recommendations we can send that may not be available online yet. Shipping and pickup available.

Buy Fabric for DIY Masks

Fabrics for Making Masks at Fabrics That Go


If you’re making your own masks, you will need suitable fabrics to help protect yourself from the novel coronavirus.

We recommend 100% cotton fabrics for making cloth masks. Please do not hesitate to contact us for personalized recommendations.  Check out our selection in store, online for curbside pick up or shipping.

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Support a LOCAL company for your next project. It’s advisable at this time to adhere to social distancing and stay at home, but if you have a project in mind and you need fabric to accomplish it, then you can count on Fabrics That Go.

Choose from a wide range of Southwestern designs, along with other styles, for upholstery, drapery, pillows, tablecloths and more. Shop Online at shop.fabricsthatgo.com and have your materials delivered.

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If you have any questions about what materials & accessories you might need for your project, please contact us by filling out the following form.

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    Ready to redesign your home?  Fabrics That Go has over 10,000 bolts of fabric IN-STOCK to choose from, and can do quality custom upholstery  and custom drapery based on your needs and specifications. Outside of Arizona? Order online NOW for fabric shipped directly to your door!


    Fabrics That Go - Tucson, AZ

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    Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

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      DIY Masks: COVID-19 Quarantine Project

      COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. 

      Medical masks are not readily available to the public, reserving stock for health workers who need them the most, as they’re exposed to the virus in their line of work. With the limited number of masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a good number of people have resorted to making their own.

      Are Homemade Cloth Masks Effective?


      The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. 

      Cloth masks can be fashioned from fabrics and can be a decent alternative to medical masks if you don’t have access to them.

      The CDC is recommending everyone wear a mask that covers nose and mouth when in public areas.
      The CDC is recommending everyone wear a mask that covers nose and mouth when in public areas.

      What Do I Need to Consider in a Homemade Mask?


      First, the mask should have a snug fit. They should be secured with ties or elastic ear loops and should have multiple layers of fabrics to stop contaminated aerosol from penetrating it. More importantly, the mask shouldn’t restrict breathing and should be able to be laundered or machine-dried without damaging it.

      While homemade masks are not as effective as surgical or N95 masks, they can help in slowing the spread of infection. Are you looking to make your own masks? Here’s how you can start.

      Find quality bargains on some of our best fabric designs and materials! You will find rock bottom pricing for more than half the price.

      The Materials


      • ✓ A suitable fabric
      • ✓ Lightweight fusible interfacing
      • ✓ ¼ inch elastic bands
      • ✓ Needle and thread
      • ✓ Scissors

      Step-by-Step


      Step 1:

      Cut both fabric and interfacing to 12 x 9 inches

      Step 2:

      Iron interfacing to fabric

      Step 3:

      Fold fabric in half with interacting on the outside

      Step 4:

      Cut two pieces of elastic bands, 7 inches long each

      Step 5:

      Sew ¼ inch from the edge of the material, pinning them down and leaving a 2-inch gap in the center

      Step 6:

      On the material, sew the elastic bands on each corner inside the material, pinning to keep them in place

      Step 7:

      Mark locations of pleat lines and add pins on both sides

      Step 8:

      Create three pleats by folding them and sew around the entire perimeter of the mask to hold them in place, and then close the 2-inch gap

       

      Lastly, be sure to test out your new mask to see if it’s breathable. 

       

      With homemade masks, you can help slow the infection, considering you’re using the right fabrics.

      Find quality bargains on some of our best fabric designs and materials! You will find rock bottom pricing for more than half the price.

      Buy Masks NOW - COVID-19 Essentials

      Get Ready-to-Wear Masks Made by Fabrics That Go

      $15 Each

      Fabrics That Go has sewers making masks. Choose from available masks: Solid or Print. Please include size.

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      Donating Masks


      If you’re making masks at home for yourself, family, and friends-  why not consider donating some to local Tucson frontliners?

      Because homemade masks are not medical grade, they will not be worn by providers directly caring for COVID-19 patients, nor in procedure rooms or isolation areas, where only Banner-approved personal protective equipment must be worn.

      How it Works

      All comfort masks are welcome, but they must be made from a material that can be laundered. Donated masks will be professionally laundered by Prestige Cleaners, which has generously donated its services, before being given to staff and patients. After receiving a clean mask, staff and patients will be advised to personally launder their masks daily.

      INSTRUCTIONS: Place homemade masks in a box, bag or container in your car’s trunk labeled “homemade masks” with the quantity enclosed (no need to individually bag or package each mask). Please place any other items for donation in a separate box or container. Park, remain in your car with the windows up and call 520.694.9180 upon arrival. Pop your trunk and a staff member wearing gloves and a mask will retrieve your donated items and leave a donation form in your trunk for you to complete and return via email in order to obtain a donation receipt.

      Tucson Area Donations of Masks, Medical Supplies and PPE

      Banner Home Health office

      575 E. River Road

      Tucson, AZ 85704

      DROP-OFF DONATION HOURS: Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm

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      Thinking of giving your home or old furniture a facelift? Browse through some of our finished projects for inspiration!

      Shipping Fabrics For Your Next Project, While You Stay Home


      Support a LOCAL company for your next project. It’s advisable at this time to adhere to social distancing and stay at home, but if you have a project in mind and you need fabric to accomplish it, then you can count on Fabrics That Go.

      Choose from a wide range of Southwestern designs, along with other styles, for upholstery, drapery, pillows, tablecloths and more. Shop Online at shop.fabricsthatgo.com and have your materials delivered.

      Local Pickup & Delivery Available


      If you have a project in mind that you cannot do yourself, our team is still available to get the job done. Get a FREE Quote on your upholstery or drapery projects (Local Pickup & Delivery Available). Get a FREE QUOTE today!

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      If you have any questions about what materials & accessories you might need for your project, please contact us by filling out the following form or emailing jean@fabricsthatgo.com.

      Thank you so much for supporting a local, family owned business. Our team at Fabrics That Go appreciates your business during this trying time.

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      Fabrics That Go loves to connect with fabric lovers all over the world! Subscribe to receive bi-monthly emails that highlight new fabric collections, home project ideas, decorating tips, and more!

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      Ready to redesign your home?  Fabrics That Go has over 10,000 bolts of fabric IN-STOCK to choose from, and can do quality custom upholstery  and custom drapery based on your needs and specifications. Outside of Arizona? Order online NOW for fabric shipped directly to your door!


      Fabrics That Go - Tucson, AZ

      We are happy to be Tucson's #1 Local Fabric Supplier, and would love to help you with any of your custom drapery, bedding, upholstery projects. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, we'd love to hear from you!

      Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

      If there is enough interest, Fabrics That Go is considering an adult sewing class where you can sew custom bed spreads, drapery, & more.

      Please provide your information if you are interested in Adult Sewing Classes at Fabrics That Go.

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      Passionate Learning with Needles and Knots Sewing & Design Lab

      Fabrics That Go has partnered with locally owned, Needles and Knots (NAK) Sewing & Design Lab, to accommodate customers interested in sewing classes. Conveniently located just up the street from Fabrics That Go, their students come into our store to feast their eyes on the seemingly endless supply of fabric. With over 10,000 bolts of fabric in-stock, plus tassel, buttons & more- customers are sure to find the perfect supplies for their sewing project.

      Website: naksewing.com
      Location: 1735 East Fort Lowell Road, Suite 8 Tucson, AZ 85719

      A love for sewing and a passion for fashion and design led to the creation of Needles and Knots (NAK) Sewing & Design Lab in 2019. Led by Shauna Smith, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, it is a place to teach sewing basics and fashion design backed by her 20 years of experience.

      NAK provides Tucson, Arizona with group lessons or private lessons. While specializing in apparel, they offer a range of projects accommodating various sewing skill levels. You can start with the basics of sewing but if you want something more intermediate, there are also other lessons available for you. The area where NAK holds its lessons doubles as an open studio with natural light and big windows. For $8 an hour, you get access to the equipment, including sewing machines, sergers and an enormous cutting table.

      Sign up for NAK’s Fundamentals Package, priced at $85 and includes two three-hour classes and one two-hour hand-sewing workshop. Visit naksewing.com for more information on upcoming classes & costs.

      NAK’s Upcoming Classes:

      Sewing Basics Part 1 

      • Saturday, February 22; Saturday, March 14 - 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Tuesday, March 10 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
        Fee: $53

      Sewing Basics Part 2 

      • Saturday, February 15; Saturday, March 28 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
        Fee:
        $53

      Tea and Hand Sewing

      • The Fourth Sunday of Each Month
        2:00 p.m. until you are done
        Fee:
        $26

      Sewing Fundamentals Package

      • Sewing Basics Parts 1 & 2
        Tea and Hand Sewing Included
        Fee:
        $85

      Serger and Overlock Basics

      • Saturday, February 29
        1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
        Fee:
        $53

      Sew With Patterns

      • The Lounge Pant
        Saturday, March 7
        10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

      Mending: A Time to Wine

      • The Fourth Wednesday of Each Month
        5:00 p.m. until you are done
        Fee:
        $26

      ADVANCED CLASSES

      Speed Sewing

      February 16, 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
      $26

      Pattern Making Primer

      February 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
      $53

      From Concept to Customer: Design Basics

      February 29, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
      $26

      Drawing for Design

      March 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
      $26

      Pattern Making: Torso Sloper

      March 21, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
      $107

      Come in to Fabrics That Go for inspiration on your next fabric project. Our experts can answer any questions you might have in design & function. Provide project details & photos, to get a Free Quote on how much fabric you will need, along with the cost of labor for Fabrics That Go to upholster a piece of furniture or make custom drapery. Their expert crafters also make lampshades, bedding, pillows, slipcovers & any other project you can think of!

      Browse Over 10,000 Fabric Options
      at Fabrics That Go


      Ready to refresh your Arizona Home? Fabrics That Go does everything from fabric supply, complete upholstery/drapery services, to local pickup/delivery! 

      Whether you are looking into using Sunbrella, or another home fabric for your project, we have a large selection of vibrant colors & patterns to fit any style. Fabrics That Go Experts sew them in any quantity, size or shape! Find the perfect fabric to match your home’s design. Send us photos of your project/idea and we’ll get back to you with a FREE QUOTE.

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      Get Inspiration Our Projects


      Thinking of giving your home or old furniture a facelift? Browse through some of our finished projects for inspiration on your next project!


      Get Home Fabric Project Inspiration, Tips, & Fabrics That Go Updates!


      Fabrics That Go loves to connect with fabric lovers all over the world! Subscribe to receive bi-monthly emails that highlight new fabric collections, home project ideas, decorating tips, and more!

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      Ready to redesign your home?  Fabrics That Go has over 10,000 bolts of fabric IN-STOCK to choose from, and can do quality custom upholstery  and custom drapery based on your needs and specifications. Outside of Arizona? Order online NOW for fabric shipped directly to your door!


      Fabrics That Go - Tucson, AZ

      We are happy to be Tucson's #1 Local Fabric Supplier, and would love to help you with any of your custom drapery, bedding, upholstery projects. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, we'd love to hear from you!

      Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

      If there is enough interest, Fabrics That Go is considering an adult sewing class where you can sew custom bed spreads, drapery, & more.

      Please provide your information if you are interested in Adult Sewing Classes at Fabrics That Go.

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      Claire’s Rare Button Collection

      Seeing some objects from the past often brings nostalgic feelings. We are often brought back in time by the sight of these objects. Some objects inspire our artistic side and get our creativity flowing. The vintage buttons in Claire's Rare Button Collection, which she collected over the decades, are capable of invoking both within us. Today these rare buttons can be considered vintage and would be very hard to find anywhere else.

       

      Claire


      Claire Grunstein is the 91-year-old owner of Fabrics that go. She came to Tucson with her husband Herman in the late ’70s with the intention of retiring. She retired from her family’s textile business in New Jersey. Retirement did not sit well with the hardworking couple though, and they decided to open a tiny hobby shop a few months after retiring. The tiny hobby shop grew into what is now Fabrics That Go.

      Now 74 years and at 91 years old, Claire is one of the oldest hands-on proprietors in the country. Although the day-to-day operations of the business are handled by her son Robert, she still works up to 30 hours a week and you can usually see her if you drop by the store.

      The Button Collection


      One of Claire’s passions is collecting buttons, and she currently has an incredibly large rare button collection. These pieces were accumulated over time. There are thousands of buttons in the collection and all of them are for sale depending on the rarity and availability. They can range from a lot in stock to only a few buttons left. Most of these rare buttons are of antique quality and made with superb craftsmanship.

      The Materials


      The materials used to make these buttons are equally rare and exotic. There are those made from Czechoslovakia glass, Indian metals, silver, and bakelite. There are also those made of organic materials like Mother of Pearl, bone, horn and tree nut.

      You’ll even find pieces that are works of art in themselves, like the beaded buttons and the fabric covered ones.

      What They Are Used For


      These rare buttons are normally used on clothing but they can also be used to decorate pillows and upholstery. Quilters enjoy using these buttons on their pieces because of their great variety. Due to the artistic qualities of these rare buttons, they are even used for jewelry like children’s charms and as decorations and clasps on purses. They have even been embedded on coffee tables. The possibilities are endless!

      All designers, artists, and DIYers are welcome to check out Claire’s rare button collection. You might be inspired to use them in your future creative projects. Your imagination is the limit with what you can do with these buttons. Come by as soon as you can, since some of these buttons have very limited stock left. Just drop by Fabrics That Go and ask to see Claire’s rare buttons, you will be guided back to explore the amazing pieces, and to choose which buttons you’d like to purchase.

      Fabrics That Go is home to rare fabric, buttons, and more! Our staff is also skilled in custom drapery, and upholstery, and will work according to your needs. Drop by the shop to see our vast collection.

      Do You Want to Learn How to Sew Custom Bedding, Drapery, & More?

      If there is enough interest, Fabrics That Go is considering an adult sewing class where you can sew custom bed spreads, drapery, & more.

      Please provide your information if you are interested in Adult Sewing Classes at Fabrics That Go.

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