Christmas In July @ I Like Big Buttons!

It feels like Christmas in July in our I Like Big Buttons! household.

We have been busy helping our small community church prepare goodies for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that our church sends out each year. It is a great way to demonstrate to and with my children what it means to love and reach the unreached.

Given how excited my children, who have much in comparison, are about the little packages we put together, I can only imagine the wonder each girl and boy has when they open the special boxes we have packed for them.

This year we were tasked with making little bead & necklace kits which feels right up our alley.

I think they turned out pretty nice and with my many helpers, the task wasn’t overwhelming. So far, we have put together 225 bead necklace kits. I am sure some more beads will make their way to us.

Next, we were put in charge of cutting in half all the construction paper so that it fits neatly in the shoeboxes. I may have volunteered for this task because I have the largest paper cutter around. 😛

Our task for the upcoming week is sewing kits. I bought some simple hotel sewing kits off of Amazon that we are going to jazz up with some extra goodies.

Like an overabundance of “free” fabric, Grandma dropped on my doorstep when she was cleaning her home.  I think for my sanity and to bless someone else, it should be donated to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Seems like a win, win! 🙂

We are also adding extra thread, bobby pins, buttons, floss, ribbon left over from our bead necklaces, and scissors.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into Christmas in July at I Like Big Buttons! I am sure there will be more Operation Christmas Child projects to come as November approaches. My kiddos and I are on our OCC director’s short list. She knows we are cheerful, ready, and willing to make her crazy ideas a reality. 🙂

Last year, our tiny community church made almost 800 boxes which amazes me. God is Good!!!

If you haven’t checked out Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse, you should. It is an outstanding program run by Franklin Graham.

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I Like Big Buttons! Adjustable Elastic Headband With Interchangeable Shabby Flowers

Today, I am making a Adjustable Elastic Headband with Interchangeable Shabby Flowers.  It is super easy to do and adorable on both babies and big 😉 kids alike.

Supplies for Adjustable Headband:

  • 1 set of headband ring and slider
  • 24″ length of 5/8″ Elastic for headbands
  • Glue of your choice: Fabric Tac or Hot Glue
  • Lighter or Chef’s Torch

Supplies for Shabby Flower Embellishment:

  • 2″ Shabby Flowers of your choosing
  • 1/2″ x 1″ square of Coordinating Felt
  • 1 1/2″ Circles of Coordinating Felt
  • Glue of your choice: Fabric Tac or Hot Glue
  • Coordinating Size 20 KAM Snaps

Adjustable Elastic Headband:

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Instructions:

1.  Cut your Elastic to 24″ length and heat seal the ends with the Lighter.  Be careful to just seal the ends, not start them on fire :).  (You may want to practice on a scrap piece if this is your first time.)

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2.  Take your 24″ length of Elastic and feed the decorative/shiny side of the Elastic up through the first loop in the Slider over the bar and back down through the second loop in the Slider.

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3.  Pull the Elastic until it is about 3/4″ sticking out the bottom of the second loop of the Slider.

4.  Flip the Slider over so that the wrong sides of the Elastic is face up, this is the bottom of the Slider.  Put a dab of glue on the Elastic and press the 3/4″ of Elastic to it firmly.  Wiping away any excess glue.

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5.  From the opposite side, slide the single Slider Loop about half way on to the Elastic.

6.  You now have the single Slider Loop in the center of your elastic and the slider attached to one end.
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7.  Take the other end of Elastic decorative side up and feed it through the double Loop Slider the same way as before.  Up through the first Loop over the bar and down through the second Loop.
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8.  Now pull the elastic through the Slider until you reach the single Slider.
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9.  Feed the end of your Elastic through the single ring and overlap it about 3/4″ and glue down.
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10.  You now have an adjustable headband.  Tada!  But wait there is more ;)!

Interchangeable Shabby Flower Embellishments:

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Instructions:

1.  Glue the 1 1/2″ circle of Felt to each of the Shabby Flowers.

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2.  Once it has had some time to dry, install a Size 20 KAM Snap Cap and stud in the center of each Shabby Flower.  The stud should be facing down on the underside of the Shabby Flower in the Felt.  Repeat for each flower. (In the pictures, I used Size 16 but found that it did not hold well and had to replace them with Size 20.)

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3.  Glue the 1/2″x1″ square of Felt to the underside of the Elastic where you want to locate the Shabby Flower.

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4.  Once it has had some time to dry, install a KAM Snap Cap and socket through it.  The socket facing up on decorative side of the Elastic.

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5.  Snap the flower in place and go!  Tada!

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7 Of My Favorite Craft Quotes – I Like Big Buttons!

I love crafting quotes; they are so clever. Here are seven of my personal favorites. Each one makes me laugh out loud and holds at least for me, more than a grain of truth.

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Friday Fun Facts – Who is ILikeBigButtons.com?

It has been a while since I have introduced myself. Hi! I am Gena, the CEO and MOM of I Like Big Buttons! 🙂 ILikeBigButtons.com is a family run, small business located in beautiful Washington State. We have been serving our customers for over a decade via the internet.

When I am not busy growing our craft business, I am a busy momma of many. I grew up as many of you probably did, crafting with anything I could get my hands on, from twigs to the pansies in my momma’s borders. Now I am raising my own children and watching them create little figurines out of twigs and weeds, and turn paper into shreds. If you walked through my house on any given day, you might mistake it for a confetti factory. Bits of paper and imagination are everywhere!!! Since I am up to my elbows in kiddos and crafts, I thought, why not sell crafty things?

Plastic snaps caught my eye first. My husband is the creator of the GotLux Professional Photographic Lighting Accessories, and he used these very snaps in his Pro and ProX models. The colors and usefulness of them drew me in. I discovered the many varied ways they can be used; I was hooked.

So here I am selling KAM plastic snaps and many other craft items that I love with the help of my amazing children and husband. I am sure you will find as much joy in crafting with them as I am. It is a privilege to get to help support my family, teach my children to have a solid work ethic, and be a full-time mom all because of I Like Big Buttons! and your support.

Thank you,

Gena (CEO of ILikeBigButtons.com)

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Water Bottle Marker/Charm Tutorial using MAM and O-Ring Pacifier Adapters

These adapter rings also can be used as water bottle markers or so you can easily attach your bottle to a clip.  Simply stretch the ring over the neck of a standard sized water bottle (~1”) to easily recognize your drink.  We carry 13 great ring colors to choose from.

*Take 10% our MAM and O-Ring Adapters with coupon code (thru Monday 8/29): RINGLOVE

Supplies:

O-Ring Adapter water bottle marker

1.  Stretch Colored Ring Adapter of your choosing over the mouth of the bottle, just past the lip.

MAM Ring Adapter water bottle marker

2.  So many uses.  Simply:

  • Leave as a water bottle marker.
  • Attach a carabiner clip and hang from your backpack, bag, belt loop or other.
  • Hang from your lanyard for hands free carrying.

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3.  Super easy and useful!  To see our Pacifier Clip Tutorials using MAM or O-Rings check them out here.

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How to make a Snow Queen Inspired Costume with KAM Snaps

Last year I made a set of Snow Queen Inspired Costumes for my littlest girls.  My preschool aged daughter is obsessed with Frozen and Elsa as all girls her age.  She told me the other day, “Mama, Elsa and I are good friends because we both LOVE tutus.”  🙂  She, of course, insisted that she needed a Elsa dress for Halloween and her little sister an Anna dress but I, in my wisdom, decided if I had to make 2 dresses they would be full size and mini me sized version of the same dress with KAM Snaps.  I think they turned out great and I made them just big enough that they work this year too.  Yay, me :)!

Supplies:

  • 1 Yard of Snow Queen Snowflake Organza
  • 1 Yard of White Fabric
  • 1 Yard of Tulle (White)
  • 4 Sheets of Felt (White)
  • Silver Sequined Ribbon
  • Teal thread
  • 4 KAM Snap Sets
  • KAM Snap Pliers and Awl
  • Serger Sewing Machine
  • Standard Sewing Machine
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt (we went with White)

SEE INSTRUCTIONS

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It’s a Crafty Day!!! What are you working on right now?

It’s a crafty day!!!  It’s that time of year again.  I am busy making Soother Blankets for our church’s Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes :).

I am turning clearance winter fleece blankets into 18×18 blankets to wrap a little stuffed animal or dolls in.

What are you working on today?

#operationchristmaschild #samaritanspurse #sootherblankets

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