I Like Big Buttons! Upcycled Messenger Bag/Purse Tutorial

We are a cat loving family here at I Like Big Buttons. As such, we have a few fluffy friends scurrying around. Recently, my husband picked up a few bags of cat food that not only were made of a more durable material than the paper bags ones but also had cute kitty images on them. I couldn’t resist turning them into some cute messenger bags for a couple of my little cat lovers. 🙂

How to make an Upcycled/Recycled Messenger Bag/Purse with KAM Snaps and Pet Food Bag


  • Pet Food Bag of your choice (Look for the ones made of woven plastic)
  • Marine Vinyl or a material of your choice
  • 2 KAM Snap Sets (Depending on the thickness of the material you may want Long Prong)
  • KAM Snap Pliers and Awl
  • 1″ Cotton Webbing
  • Scissors/Rotary Blade
  • Standard Sewing Machine

1.  Cut the bag along the seams. I plan on making 2 bags with it. For this project, I am focusing on making each bag with a kitty image front and center. Use a damp cloth to wipe the leftover cat food crumbs from the interior of the bags and let air dry. This doesn’t take more than a few minutes.

2.  Decide on your shape. I like to craft off the cuff. This lid of a storage container was just the right size and shape to showcase the kitty image. Trace around it with a marker.

3.  I picked the height based on the image. I left a 1″ above each kitty image. *If I did it again, I might do 2″ or 3″ instead. As you will see later, the flap of the bag covers some of the image. If I had dropped it another inch I think it would have looked slightly better when snapped closed.

4.  Cut 2 pieces of Marine Vinyl or material of your choice the same size at the kitty images. I had some vinyl left over from a summer chair reupholstering product. I love it because the color goes nicely with the kitty image and it is durable.

5.  Cut two flaps for the messenger bags. I cut them the same width as the bags and longer than I thought I would need so I could adjust on the fly.

6. Using a 1/2″ seam sew the kitty image to the front piece of Marine Vinyl, right sides together. I chose to put the Marine Vinyl front to the front so that the interior of the bag was uniform, but you could turn the right side of the Marine Vinyl inward so that it was to the inside of the bag. Sewer’s choice. 🙂

7.  Fold the sewed seam flat and smooth. Then, fold it until the kitty image is right side out. Smooth the sewed seam and Marine Vinyl.

8.  Sew 1/4″ seam along the top of the finished edge.

9.  Fold the top edge of the back piece of the bag over a 1/2″. Sew 1/4″ seam along the edge, creating a finished edge.

10.  For the top flap, I created a simple square with three finished edges. Marine Vinyl is durable and the raw edges hold up nicely. If using another material, you will have to give consideration to the material you are using and adjust accordingly. The messenger bag/purse will be about 8″ wide when finished so I made the flaps slightly smaller at 7.75″.  *If I did it again, I might have shaved off a little bit more to give the shoulder strap more room to fill.

11.  I, then, cut the height of the flap down to 3″ because I wanted to see as much of the kitty image as I could after the KAM plastic snap was installed.

12.  Align and use a zigzag stitch to attach the flap to the back piece of the purse. Make sure to center it.

13.  Put right sides together and sew the 2 sides and bottom of the purse with a 3/8″ to 1/2″ seam. Make sure to use a Stay Stitch the beginning and end of your sewing so that the stitches stay put.

14.  Turn the bags right side out and square the corners as much as possible. I used the backside of a Sharpie marker to help square the corners. Remember I slightly rounded them so they won’t be perfectly square. Smooth bags flat.

15.  Measure the center of the flap and use a KAM awl to poke a hole for the KAM plastic snap that you will adding. I am only going through 1 layer of Marine Vinyl so a Standard Prong snap will work. If you are using thicker material or multiple layers, I would recommend our Long Prong KAM plastic snaps.

16.  Install KAM plastic snap (Cap and Socket).

17.  Repeat in front of the bag, where KAM plastic snap lines up. I poked the hole through both layers at once so that I had a point of reference. Then I widened the hole after double-checking the placement of the internal hole. Install KAM plastic snap (Cap and Stud).

18.  I think they turned out super cute! Now to add shoulder straps.

19.  For the sake of time and my sanity, I simply attached the shoulder straps with a half of a KAM snap set (Cap and Socket). I used the snap like a rivet. I also used Long Prong KAM plastic snaps for this piece because I was working with the thickness of the Marine Vinyl and Cotton Webbing. *I doubled the edge of the Cotton Webbing over on itself and sewed a straight line back and forth across it a half dozen times so it doesn’t unravel.  With Polyester Webbing, you could melt the edge to secure it.

20.  Tada!!! I think they turned out great, it took less than 2 hours to make both of them, and my little cat lovers are ecstatic. They have a new place to store their treasures.

😻 😻 😻

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I Like Big Buttons! 6000 Likes – Coral Pink Professional KAM Plastic Snap Press GIVEAWAY!!!

Only 48 More Days Until Christmas!!! It feels like Christmas has already come here at ILikeBigButtons.com because we reached 6000 Facebook Likes!!!

Before Christmas gets here, we would like to celebrate reaching 6000+ Likes on our I Like Big Buttons! Facebook Page by sponsoring a Coral Professional Snap Press Giveaway!!!  What better way to celebrate the gift making season and all our loyal followers!!!  You will receive one of our custom Coral Press (as pictured) with a set of Size 20 Dies (will have all the parts to function, no additional expense will be required).

If you can’t wait and want our Coral Press, they are already 10% off on our website no coupon needed.

BONUS, all our snap products are an additional 10% any of our snap related products with coupon code: SNAPLOVE

Giveaway good until Wednesday 11/14/2018

See how to ENTER TO WIN below (Giveaway Rules*):

1. LIKE & SHARE this Giveaway Post publicly.

2. COMMENT on this Giveaway Post and share with us your favorite Christmas treat. – Our favorite here at I Like Big Buttons! is a toss-up between Muddy Buddy and Hot Cocoa with Candy Canes and LOTS of Whipped Cream. 🙂

3. Make sure you are a MEMBER of our I Like Big Buttons! Fan Group.

*If your name is drawn as the winner, we will check to make sure you have completed all 3 requirements above. One (1) Random winner will be drawn.

***If you should happen to buy one of our presses and then find out that you won our Giveaway and are not interested in 2 presses we will issue you a full refund for the press you purchased and we will raffle the press off again 🙂. Win, win!

Exclusive I Like Big Buttons! – Coral Professional KAM Plastic Snap Press


T5 Press 3 Parts

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I Like Big Buttons! Unpaper Towel Tutorials

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Unpaper towels make a great, attractive, and functional that you can make for you and your loved ones.  We have 3 easy tutorials that show you how to make them.  Standard Sewing Machine, Serger, or “No Sew” just pick your skill level and you can have these decorative and functional unpaper towels in your kitchen.

Unpaper Towels with a Sewing Machine

Unpaper Towels with a Serger

“No Sew” Unpaper Towels with KAM Snaps

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I Like Big Buttons! A Collection of Pacifier Clip Tutorials

Pacifier Clips are easy to make, fun to embellish, and a great useful gift for a new mom and baby.



  1. Choose a piece of Fabric, cut it to the dimensions: 14″ x 3 1/2″, the finished product once ironed, folded and sewn will be approximately 7/8″ wide x 12″ long. […]

Here are our top 5 Pacifier Clip Tutorials:

#1 – A Cover Button Metal Pacifier Clips with Cover Buttons, Round Faced Metal Suspender Clips, and KAM Snaps

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#2 – Jean Pacifier Clip with Rosette using KAM Plastic Snaps and Clip


#3 – “No Sew” Pacifier Clip with KAM Snaps, MAM Ring or O-Ring and a KAM Plastic Pacifier Clip for Button Style Pacifiers

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#4 – Fabric Pacifier Clip with KAM Snaps, MAM Ring or O-Ring and a KAM Plastic Pacifier Clip for Button Style Pacifiers

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#5 – Recycling Jeans into a Pacifier Clip using KAM Snaps and a Pacifier Clip

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🍂🍂🍂 Welcome Fall! 🍂🍂🍂 KAM Plastic Snap Sale!!! $3.00 for 100 Sets (Choose from 130 Colors) KAM Plastic Snaps Sale and More

🍂🍂🍂 Welcome Fall! 🍂🍂🍂  KAM Plastic Snap Sale! We are running a number of KAM plastic snap sales including $3.00 for 100 Sets of any of our 130 colors so you can get started with some crafts before the holiday season is upon usCheck them out in the links below* (no coupons necessary):

100 Sets of KAM Snaps in Size 20 for $3.00 (Regularly $3.50+)

  • Size 20 (0.5″ – 12.4 mm) snaps are our most popular size and can be used for most general projects like baby diapers and clothing. They are our most popular plastic snap size, have the largest color variety, and have a good strong hold.


100 Sets of KAM Snaps in Size 16 for $3.00 (Regularly $3.50+)

  • Size 16 (0.4″ – 10.2 mm) snaps are most commonly used for baby and toddler clothing, doll clothing, pacifier clips, mama pads, and small crafts.


Mystery 1000 Kam Snaps/Plastic Snaps for $22.95 (Regularly $34.95)

KAM Snaps 10 colors_mystery

1000* Kam Snaps/Plastic Snaps for $18.95 (Regularly $34.95)

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Exclusive to I Like Big Buttons! Friends and Fans!!! Good Through Wednesday (9/19) on our website (Links Above). *Supplies may be limited.

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I Like Big Buttons! Labor Day Sale – $2.50 for 100 KAM Snaps (Mixed Sets) & Other Great Deals!!!

Happy Labor Day!!!  In honor of our Labor Day Weekend, we are running a number of KAM plastic snap sales including $2.50 for 100 Sets (Random Mix) and other great I Like Big Buttons! craft supplies.  Check them out below:


100 KAM Snaps Sets (Mixed) for $2.50 (Regularly $3.95)

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Up to 55% off our KAM Snap 1000 mixed sets, choose from the options below.

1000* Kam Snaps/Plastic Snaps for $15.95 (Regularly $34.95)

Mystery 1000 Kam Snaps/Plastic Snaps for $22.95 (Regularly $34.95)

KAM Snaps 10 colors_mystery



100 Pieces – White* (B3) KAM Plastic Pacifier Clips for $15.95 (Regularly $22.95)

100 Pieces – Chocolate (G72) KAM Plastic Pacifier Clips for $15.95 (Regularly $22.95)

25 Plastic Pacifier Clips (Random Mix) for $6.95 (Regularly $8.50

Teddy Bear Shaped Metal Pacifier Clips (1″ / 25 mm)



See other deals in our Clearance Section @ ILikeBigButtons.com. Sale good through Wednesday, 9/5/2018.

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Back To School Giveaway Week @ ILikeBigButtons!

If you both excited for and dreading your kiddos heading back to school, you are not alone! I love having my kiddos all summer long, but they more than me are ready to get back to school and see their friends. Or as my uber social kiddo said, “Make new friends.” 😂🤣😂 I love that kid! To celebrate, we will be giving away an I Like Big Buttons! ‘For Momma’ craft supply prize every day this week to prepare yourself for the School Year in our I Like Big Buttons Fan Group!
The winner must comment with an answer to the day’s post/image in I Like Big Buttons Group. Giveaway will start at 12 pm PT today!!!
Daily Prizes:
Monday’s prize:  50 Mini Sewing Clips (3/8″ wide by 1″ long)
Tuesday’s prize:  ILikeBigButtons.com ($15 Coupon Code good for a one time purchase on ILikeBigButtons.com)
Wednesday’s prize:  210 Long Prong KAM Snap Starter Pack (One 10 pack of each color)
Thursday’s prize:  24 Mix of Key Fob Hardware (4 pieces of each size (1 Inch and 1.25 Inch) and finish (Silver, Antique Brass, and Gunmetal))
Friday’s prize:  24 Mix of Oval Lobster Clasps (4 pieces of each size (13 mm, 20 mm, 25 mm) and finish (Silver and Antique Brass))
Saturday/Sunday prize: ♥ 600 sets of KAM Plastic Snaps (10 sets of B1 through B60 in Size 20)

*One (1) Random winner will be drawn every day at 12 pm PT.
Don’t Forget our Back-To-School Sale going on right now!
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