Jubilee party & a workshop at The Button Tin, Rotherham.


Last Saturday my friend Katy and I booked ourselves onto a workshop at The Button Tin in Rotherham (which I mentioned in this post). The Button Tin is located inside the Imperial Buildings in the centre of Rotherham which is really quite a fascinating place. It is most definitely worth a look if you're passing. My friend and I dream of opening our own shop (a bead & supplies shop to be precise) in one of the empty units but we would require a lotto win of some sort first.

To join in with the jubilee celebrations the Imperial Buildings housed a party full of live music, bunting, cakes, poetry, cups of tea, a vintage style hairdresser, and workshops to take part in. 

Katy and I opted to do the half day workshop where we spent a good few hours picking out materials and making bunting. It was such a lot of fun although I'm so bad at picking colour schemes and fabrics. That was most definitely the hardest part, but once I got going I was fine. It was great to take in the atmosphere and the music whilst cutting, ripping and pinning fabric together.

We were stationed on tables outside The Button Tin workshop but there were ladies inside on the full day workshop. After a peek inside to have a nosy and marvel at all the wonderful things Gemma keeps in her workshop we could see they were making the most beautiful fabric pieces with freehand sewing machine writing, buttons, embellishments and all sorts.

We will definitely be signing up for another workshop once some new dates are published. I haven't used a sewing machine since I did my Textiles A-level so I will no doubt need to brush up my skills (I am flabbergasted at just realising that my A-levels were nearly 10 years ago! *sob*). I'm toying with the idea of buying a mini sewing machine from John Lewis but I'm not sure whether I'd have the confidence to make things at home.

Lots of people turned up to the jubilee celebrations and so many people were dressed in vintage clothes, really getting into the spirit of things. The vintage style hairdresser was busy transforming modern hairstyles into victory rolls and I was very tempted myself but unfortunately we didn't get chance.

There are a handful shops within the Imperial Buildings so once we were all bunting-ed out for the day we had a browse round and I picked up the most pretty vintage plates. I thought they would perfectly house a piece of cake but since I got them home I've been too scared to use them as they're so delicate.

Have you done any Button Tin workshops? If not, have you got any plans to? You should!


  1. Hi, nice to read your experience of The Button Tin, it's heavenly isn't it?My daughter is getting her wedding bouquet from Gemma, we're sooo excited,we LOVE The Button Tin!!!

  2. This looks like such a cute place! x

  3. That sounds marvellous fun and what a gorgeous shop to do it with! Have you ever been to Duttons for Buttons in York? Oh my does that shop have every single button you could ever dream about owning!

  4. That is such a cute store! Love the bunting. x

  5. Sounds like you had a great day, very creative one too.

    X x

  6. Sounds like you had a fab time! I wish I lived closer...I'd definitely do some workshops!
    x x x

  7. Is this place easy to find Victoria? Looking for something fun to do on my birthday next week. Is there a tea room? Based in Barnsley so we're only down the road from Rotherham xx

  8. @A Lauren to Herself - There are no new dates for workshops at the moment but you could contact Gemma directly to see if she has anything going on that day?

    There is a tea room and a sweet shop, and a vintage/retro style shop.

    But The Button Tin is a workshop (she doesn't sell anything) so it would be worth finding out if anything is on that day.

    Hope this helps!


  9. This looks so cute! I really wanna visit!

    I mentioned you in my post on my favourite blogs, http://mantrapixie.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/my-favourite-blog-reads.html.

    e x

  10. WOW. This looks like my ideal place to hang out!!! The workshops sound devine! I got a free mini sewing machine but tried to thread it but obviously did something wrong because when I pressed the pedal the stitches didnt stay if that makes sense? So sad because id love to do beautiful things on machines! For now I shall have to stick to xstitch I guess!


  11. Hello.. My name is Shari and I am from Louisiana!! I came across your blog and I must say it is just so very nice!!! The Button Tin is a place that I would love to visit and stay for hours!! Please come visit me as well if you have the time and we can share some ideas.. I am a passionate crocheter!!!
    Shari :)

  12. I wish there was somewhere/something like this near me.

  13. This looks adorable! There is a similarish place in Liverpool called purlesque but it's more for knitting/crochet, still; lots of cute buttons and yarn to be had!

  14. Ah thanks Victoria, I'll take a look. It'll be nice just to pop along to the tea room and vintage shop - just for a change of scenery. Thanks x

  15. I've never made bunting before but I keep seeing it on blogs and I want too now! I love the purple and white polka dot material you picked. looks like a really fun afternoon!