Our 5 Most Popular Cover Button Tutorials – I Like Big Buttons!

These aren’t your grandma’s Cover Buttons!!! Well actually they are 😉 only better, with so many many great uses for them.

Flat Backs are used for crafts were you would like to glue a cover button: jewelry, bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces, bobby pins and barrettes, scrap booking, and much more.

Wire Backs are used for fabric cover buttons in sewing, shoes, clothing, pony tail holders and much, much more.

Here are our 5 most popular Cover Button Tutorials:

#1 – Fabric Cover Button Push Pins

#2 – Fabric Cover Button Badge Reels

#3 – Fabric Cover Button Paper Clip Bookmarks

#4 – Lace and Fabric Cover Button Earrings

#5 – Fabric Cover Button Snap Barrettes

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Our 5 Most Popular KAM Plastic Snap Tutorials For Babies & Toddlers – I Like Big Buttons!

KAM plastic snaps are a SNAP to use and work almost anywhere Velcro or sewable button can be used. Here are some great Baby and Toddler KAM plastic snap tutorials from our KAM Plastic Snap Project Page!

#1 – Bib Bandana with KAM Plastic Snaps and a PDF Pattern

#2 – Sensory Ribbon Baby Tag Blanket with KAM Plastic Snaps and Pacifier Supplies

#3 – The Ultimate Catch-All Bib with KAM Plastic Snaps

#4 – “No Sew” Leash for a Toddler Cup with KAM Plastic Snaps

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

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I Like Big Buttons! How To Apply KAM Plastic Snaps With Hand Pliers

How To Apply KAM Plastic Snaps With Hand Pliers Slideshow:

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How To Apply KAM Plastic Snaps With Hand Pliers Video:

Today I spent the day laying out a photo slideshow of how to apply KAM plastic snaps with hand pliers. Installing snaps is, well, a SNAP to do! Check out how simple it is below.

Supplies:

1. Use the Awl to poke a hole where you want to install the KAM plastic snap.

2. Press the plastic snap Cap through the hole created by the Awl. The prong of the Cap will be visible.

3. Settle the Socket over the prong shaft.

4. Use the Hand Pliers to install the Cap and Socket together.

5. The Cap should be securely nestled in the die before you apply pressure. I am using Size 20 snaps so the T5 die is installed. Each size of snap has a correlating die.

6. Apply firm hand pressure. The rubber head should bulge slightly as pictured.

7. The prong of the Cap is now flattened. When formed, the prong will compress and form a ‘mushroom’ shape to hold the Cap and Socket together.

8. Repeat steps to create the Stud side of the snap. Create a hole with the Awl and insert the Cap. The prong of the Cap will be visible.

9. Settle the Stud over the prong shaft.

9. Use the Hand Pliers to install the Cap and Stud together.

10. Apply firm hand pressure. The rubber stopper should bulge slightly.

11. The prong of the Cap is now flattened. When formed, the prong will compress and form a ‘mushroom’ shape to hold the Cap and Stud together.

12. Now simply press the snaps sides together.

13. You have created a plastic snap that is durable, functional, and adds a colorful finish to your project.

14. Both sides of your snap have a clean finished look.

15. Happy Snapping!!!

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Our 5 Most Popular Pacifier Clip Tutorials – I Like Big Buttons!

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

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#3 – “No Sew” Pacifier Clip with KAM Snaps, MAM Ring or O-Ring and an 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 an 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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Friday Fun Facts – The Anatomy Of A KAM Plastic Snap

KAM plastic snaps are wonderful. They are a SNAP to install and much easier and durable than a standard metal snap or sewable button.  They come in a multitude of colors and sizes.  Which one is right for you?

Here is a simple tutorial on the anatomy of a plastic snap set. There are 4 parts to a set:

  • 2 Caps (Before installation they resemble a tack with a Round, Heart, or Star shaped head. They give a neat finished look to your snap.)
  • 1 Socket (The female part with the larger raised circle that the stud (male part) fits into)
  • 1 Stud (The male part with the smaller raised circle that fits inside the socket (female part))

SIZE 20:

  • Size 20 (0.5″ – 12.4 mm) snaps 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. We carry them in all 130 colors and clear.
  • Standard Size 20 snaps have a 5.6mm prong length. Prong length refers to the length of the shaft on the backside of the Cap. When formed, the prong will compress and form a ‘mushroom’ shape to hold the Cap and Socket or Stud together.
  • We also offer Long Prong Size 20 (0.5″ – 12.4 mm) in a rainbow of colors. They are great for embroidered key fobs using Marine or Glitter Vinyl as well as other projects where you need just a little more prong length. Long Prong Size 20 snaps have a 6.2mm prong length.

 SIZE 16:

  • Size 16 (0.4″ – 10.2 mm) snaps are most commonly used for baby and toddler clothing, pacifier clips, mama pads, and small crafts. We carry them in our first 60 (“B”) colors and clear.
  • Size 16 snaps have a 4.2mm prong length. Prong length refers to the length of the shaft on the backside of the Cap. When formed, the prong will compress and form a ‘mushroom’ shape to hold the Cap and Socket or Stud together.
  • The Size 16 Socket and Stud are less noticeably different. Many first time users don’t immediately see the distinction. The Socket’s raised circle is the larger of the two pictured, and the Stud’s raised circle is smaller and inserts into the Socket (female) side.

SIZE 14:

  • Our Size 14 (0.35″ – 9.7 mm) snaps can be used in most applications where Size 16 snaps are used. We carry them in White and Black at this time.
  • Our Size 14 snaps have a 5.0mm prong length. Prong length refers to the length of the shaft on the backside of the Cap. When formed, the prong will compress and form a ‘mushroom’ shape to hold the Cap and Socket or Stud together.
  • As with the Size 16, the Size 14 Socket and Stud are less noticeably different. The Socket’s circle is the larger of the two pictured.  The Stud’s circle is smaller and inserts into the Socket (female) side. Size 16 and Size 14 Sockets and Studs are the same; only the cap differs.

SIZE 19:

  • Size 19 (0.475″ – 12 mm) snaps are used for heavy duty applications requiring a strong grip. They are often used with tote bags, coats, tarps, and upholstery. We carry them in White and Black at this time.
  • Size 19 snaps have a 6.9mm prong length. Prong length refers to the length of the shaft on the backside of the Cap. When formed, the prong will compress and form a ‘mushroom’ shape to hold the Cap and Socket or Stud together.
  • The Size 19 Socket and Studs are larger, but similar in appearance to Size 20 Sockets and Studs.

SIZE 22:

  • Size 22 (0.55″ – 14.1 mm) snaps are used for heavy duty applications requiring a strong grip. They are often used with tote bags, coats, tarps, and upholstery. We carry them in White and Black at this time.
  • Size 22 snaps have a 6.9mm prong length. Prong length refers to the length of the shaft on the backside of the Cap. When formed, the prong will compress and form a ‘mushroom’ shape to hold the Cap and Socket or Stud together.
  • The Size 22 Socket and Studs are larger, but similar in appearance to Size 20 Sockets and Studs.

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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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I Like Big Buttons! – How To Make Fabric Cover Button Push Pins

Today I am making Fabric Cover Button Push Pins for my cork boards. I am ‘trying’ to get more organized with my kiddos paperwork, schedules, and notes that I need to keep track of. The cork boards are up, and now I just need some cute embellished Fabric Push Pins to jazz up my organization. 🙂

Supplies:

1.  Cut your fabric scrap. You will want a circle that is about twice the diameter of your button blank. *TIP* Our All-In-One Cover Button Template makes creating the right size circle of fabric a breeze.

2.  Put your fabric piece in the larger assembly tool piece (RIGHT SIDE DOWN). When you look into the tool you want to see the back of the fabric.

3.  Place the button front (the domed piece) on top of the fabric. Leave the fabric edges hanging out.

4.  Press the cover button edges down into the tool. *TIP* To make it easier on my fingers, I use a sharpie marker to apply pressure.

5.  Place the back cover button piece on top of your fabric and button front. *TIP* If the cover button will be subject to repeated tugging from the back, you may want to add a little e6000 adhesive before attaching the back.

6.  Take the smaller piece of the assembly tool and with the open side down place it on the button back.

7.  Press down. You may hear a pop when the last bit of the button back slips into place. If you take the tool out and the button is not completely secured, just put it back in and press down again. *TIP* I often use a flat piece of wood to apply pressure, again to save my fingers. It also helps to avoid the button back going in at an angle.

8.  When you take the small assembly tool piece off, the fabric edges will be secured underneath the button back.

9.  Remove the button from the larger assembly tool piece.

10.  Tada! Now to attach it to the Thumb Tack and make a Fabric Cover Button Push Pin.

11.  Apply E6000 to back of Cover Button.

12.  Center and press Thumb Tack into place and remove any extra Adhesive.

13.  Let dry and enjoy. Tada, tada!!! So Cute!!!

To see other great Fabric Cover Button ideas, visit our DIY Project section here.

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