Chatterbox and Button


Gorgeous oilcloth bags, gifts, aprons and homewares, handcrafted by Laura Gibbs and the team in the Chilterns, England.  Making the practical as pretty as possible.

The Chatterbox and Button Story

After several years in the Police as a Detective, I took a career break after becoming a mum.  With small children in tow, couldn't get out to buy the new luggage that we needed for a trip to Devon.  At the same time I was throwing out an old oilcloth table cloth and, thinking back to textile lessons at school, thought I'd have a go at making a bag.

While having children, I had been watching the career of a friend who had blossomed into a renowned glass artist and had seen her build up a client base through exhibiting and marketing her work.  I was pleased with the bag I had made and very interested when I saw a stall in Devon selling oilcloth from one of the best factories in the UK.  A plan began to formulate and I started making oilcloth bags which were practical and pretty and which my friends seemed to love.

My business, Chatterbox and Button, grew organically at first, fitted in around the children and my husband's hectic career.  This year I have taken on three ladies to sew for me, a book keeper, a marketeer and occasional sales people.  I have added to the product range, selling aprons, picnic blankets and bunting alongside my range of totes and accessories. I stock shops in Buckinghamshire, sell at London markets and local events and now have an online presence, both here and on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you so much for your interest in Chatterbox and Button.

Laura X