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30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! Other Great KAM Plastic Snap Craft Ideas! October 17 2016

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Now to two great KAM Plastic Snap ideas I received recently from a fellow KAM Plastic Snap lover, Carrie M.!!!

Carseat or Stroller Strap Covers Using KAM Snaps:

Easy to make and functional, no carseat or stroller should be without them!!!

Onesie With Removeable/Interchangeable Bowtie Using KAM Snaps:

Just think of the possibilities!  I love it!  Thank you for sharing, Carrie!!!  We love seeing your creativity and ingenious uses for our KAM Plastic Snaps.

To see our other KAM Plastic Snap tutorials and ideas visit our Projects section on our website.

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I Like Big Buttons! How to remove Plastic Snaps with a Cuticle Cutter (Socket) February 22 2016

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How to remove a plastic snap (socket side) with Cuticle Cutters.  In most cases, you can reuse the socket if done with care.

Supplies:

  • Broken or incorrectly installed plastic snaps
  • Cuticle Cutter

Want our KAM Plastic Snap Removal Pliers, shop here.


An I Like Big Buttons Christmas! Idea #7: 3 Ways To Make Unpaper Towels with KAM Snaps December 21 2015

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Gift Idea #7:  Unpaper towels make a great, attractive, and functional gift for 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.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Choose your flannel, I went to Etsy, of course, and found almost too many choices :).  I finally settled on Moda's Marmalade collection.  See More

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An I Like Big Buttons Christmas! Idea #6: How to make a Sensory Ribbon Baby Tag Blanket with KAM Snaps & Pacifier Supplies December 16 2015

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Gift Idea #6:  Fun and functional, Sensory Ribbon Tag Blanket with BONUS accessories make a great gift for any sweet little person in your life.  Use KAM Snaps or a KAM Pacifier Clip to make your blanket attachable or unthrowable :).  Add KAM Snaps, MAM Pacifier Rings or Pacifier O-Rings to add a Pacifier holder to your tag blanket.  I used them all :P to show you the different options.

Supplies:

Instructions:

1.  Cut the Fabric and Minky material to 12"x12" squares and cut your mix of ribbon 8 in 5" lengths, 7 in 8" lengths, and 1 in 12" length.  See More

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An I Like Big Buttons Christmas! Idea #1: How to make a Bandana Bib with KAM Snaps and a PDF Pattern November 13 2015

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Gift idea #1:  One of our most popular tutorials, Bandana Bibs are a great gift for those little droolers and mess makers in your life or as an outfit accessory. So cute!  I, also, used our newly stocked Heart Shaped KAM Snaps for added pizazz, check it out!

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Download the Bandana Bib PDF Pattern.  Print out the pattern making sure the 1″ square in the corner measures 1″ square when printed that will indicate the pattern is the right size.  ... See More

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How to make a Snow Queen Inspired Costume with KAM Snaps October 27 2015

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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30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! KAM Snap Felt Christmas Ornaments December 10 2014

KAM Snap Felt Christmas Ornaments

Day #41

Today I am making some child-proof Christmas ornaments with KAM Snaps.  With lots of little helpful hands in my house our Christmas tree needs some durable and cute ornaments.  These ornaments remind me of ones my mom and dad had on our tree in our curious stages :).  KAM Snap Felt Christmas Ornaments to the rescue!!!

Supplies:

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Instructions:

1.  Trace the shapes that you want on your felt.  I used large cookie cutters to give me the general shape.  I folded the felt in half and cut out double of each shape.

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2.  Here is how they turned out.

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3.  Using a standard sewing machine I stitched around the doubled layer of felt with about a 1/8" seam allowance and then cleaned up the edges of the felt with my scissors.

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4.  Then I added KAM Snap Caps and Sockets or Studs to the front of each ornament in playful colors and patterns.

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5.  Front view.

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6.  View from back.

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7.  Tada!  FWIW, these ornaments have already been stolen off the tree and are being hauled around by one of my youngest :).


30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! KAM Snaps Kits to the Rescue a Christmas Gift Idea December 04 2014

KAM Snaps Kits to the Rescue a Christmas Gift Idea

Day #40

Today, I am sharing with you the Christmas Gift I have given to all my sisters, mom and aunts :).  Christmas gifts were exchanged early as I will be with my husband's family on Christmas Day :) so I am not blowing their surprise.  These KAM Snap Kits were a huge hit with them all.  Can't wait to see what creativity emerges!!!  KAM Snaps to the rescue!!!

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These are so simple to put together.  I picked up stack of containers from Harbor Freight.  These can also be found in most big box stores or hardware stores too.  Harbor Freight had them on sale for $4 each.  Bonus!  I choose the one with 24 dividers.  I filled it with 25 packs a rainbow of colors and placed one in each hole.  Your loved one can then easily open each bag and pour it in the hole and have a nice compact way of storing their colors. 

Right now we have our Size 20 - 25 sets of 10 and 25 sets of 25 on sale for 10% off on our website (Good until Sunday). 

And our Size 16 - 25 sets of 10 and 25 sets of 25 on sale for 10% off on our website (Good until Sunday). 

If your loved one doesn't own a set of pliers or instructional DVD, you can also add them from these listings.

Now more pictures of how it turned out :).

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Like I said, everyone was thrilled.  These sets are customizable to fit your loved ones needs.  Just pick the 25 colors you would like, a rainbow of colors, boy colors, girl colors, vibrants, neutrals ... the sky is the limit.  I did a rainbow for my family so that they could open it up anytime and color match their craft project or repair job. 


30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! How to make a Snow Queen Inspired Costume with KAM Snaps October 29 2014

How to make a Snow Queen Inspired Costume with KAM Snaps

Day #39

Today I am making 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 haven't made a dress in years so bare with my efforts.  My girls are thrilled and that is all that matters to 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)

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Instructions:

1.  Make a paper template sweetheart bodice shape, it will look like this.

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2.  The organza was super thin so I did a double layer of it so that it looked more blue.  I considered painting the t-shirt blue first in the area that the organza would lay or putting a layer of solid blue material underneath but I was in a time crunch and this was the quickest remedy.  I pinned the bodice in place.

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3.  With teal thread I zig zag stitched the heart shaped bodice in place.

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4.  I cut out 2 layers of white fabric, width of shirt measurement was twice the width of the t-shirt so that I can gather the material and length of shirt I measured from about half way down the bodice to the floor.  I used a flat sheet for the white fabric that I had laying around.  Cut out 2 or 3 layers of snowflake organza with same measurements.  For the same reason as above, I put 2 layers on the front side, to brighten the blue color,  and just 1 layer on back as it will not be viewed as much.

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5.  Laying the white fabric right side up and the 2 layers of organza fabric wrong side up, I pinned and then sewed the bottom seam together with a 1/4" seam allowance.  Repeat with back pieces.

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6.  Fold the sets of fabric right side out.

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7.  Pin the front and back pieces together with right sides together and serge the left and right sides from top to bottom.

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8.  Turn right side out, I also sketched a matching heart shaped V in the front of the dress.  I wasn't sure exactly how to make this happen so it was a see as we go idea :).

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9.  Sew a basting stitch about 1/2" below the edge of the fabric in the front of the dress.  Repeat in the back making sure to leave extra thread to grip when pulling the string to gather the fabric.

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10.  Gather the fabric so that it becomes the size of the t-shirt.

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11.  Choose how much of the bodice you want showing.  I found that I wanted less than half to show.  Otherwise, the dress looks a bit out of scale so I went about halfway between an empire waist and true waist height for the waist.  Turn the shirt inside out and place over the shirt, shirt will be upside down, skirt right side up, and pin in place.  I used a ruler to make sure my pinning stayed level along the t-shirt.  Pinning the sweet heart front was difficult.  It was counter intuitive to me but after a couple tries I got it.  I did turn the dress right side out a couple times to make sure it was lining up right.

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12.  Sew the skirt in place.  I used a 1/2" seam allowance.

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13.  Pin the Silver Sequined Ribbon in place, scooping down to accentuate the heart shaped waist line and pin in place.

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14.  Sew in place along the edges both on the top and bottom with a back stitch at the start and finish.

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15.  Take a length of white tulle, double the measurement of the width of the t-shirt.  Use a basting stitch and gather the tulle with the same technique as the shirt.  Take a length of the Silver Sequin Ribbon, wrap the top of the tulle, I also added a strip of felt to the back of the tulle to sandwich it to ribbon and add stability where the snaps are going to be applied.  Pin in place. 

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16.  Sew it all together.

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17.  Add KAM Snaps Cap and Stud, 1 at each end and 2 to the left and right of the middle.

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18.  Repeat same spacing on the back of the t-shirt with a Cap and Socket.  I used a 1" square of felt on the inside to stabilize the KAM Snap in the t-shirt.

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19.  Cut out and add some felt snowflakes, I found the snowflake shapes in Google images, sew in place.

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20.  Tada!  Here is the mini me version.

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21.  Tada!  Here is the full size version.  She is shooting snow out of her hands :) can you tell.

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22.  I also went with a longer cape for the bigger sister.


How to make a Peacock Costume and a "No Sew" Tutu with KAM Snaps October 23 2014

Day #38

Today, I am made a Halloween costume for my Peacock loving girl.  I was inspired by my friend, Barbara of Das Mach Ich Nachts (Roughly translates to "I'm doing this at night"), earlier this year she made the most amazing costume for her daughter here.  I was inspired to make one for my daughter with some adjustments.  Less fine details, more "No Sew" and KAM Snaps, of course :).

Supplies:

  • 1-2 Yards of Fabric (I used Royal Blue Fleece)
  • 4-6 Sheets of Felt
  • Elastic for Tutu
  • 4-8 Spools of Tulle (15-25 Yards each)
  • 2 KAM Snap Sets
  • KAM Snap Pliers and Awl
  • Accucut Die Cutter and Dies or Scissors to cut out the Peacock Feathers
  • Standard Sewing Machine
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt (we went with Teal)
  • Long Black Leggings

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Instructions:

1.  Barbara's orginal Peacock Costume Tutorial, I adjusted her pattern for times sake and went with a "less is more" approach.  I reasoned to myself that this costume will mostly be viewed in the dark and a lot of the details of the costume will be lost :).  I, also, own a Accucut Die Cutter (great tool!) with handy dandy Circle dies so I decided to do circle shaped feathers rather than tear drop shaped.  I used a 4.5", 3.5", and 2.5" circle dies. 

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2.   These can easily be done by hand but I was able to run 4 layers of Felt at a time.  Awesome!  My daughter wanted 2 different sets of Feathers in Purple, Apple Green and Teal.  We alternated between Purple and Teal as the front and back circle with the Apple Green always as the middle piece.  This was my fashionista's preference :).

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3.  I also cut out 2x 4.5" Royal Blue Fleece for each feather.  We made 16 Peacock "Eye" Feather total and about 40 Royal Blue Fleece Circles.

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4.  Take the 2.5" Felt circles and cut a wedge out of each of them.

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5.  They will look like this.

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6.  Take each 4.5" Circle and lay the 3.5" Circle off center.

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7.  Stitch 2 "V"s in Teal thread from the edge to the middlish and back to the edge again to stabilize the circles together.

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8.  Lay the 2.5" 3/4 Circle on top slightly off center again.

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9.  Stitch around the edge of the circle, repeat 16 times.  My daughter and I did this with dueling sewing machines and it took just a few minutes to complete.

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10.  Now lay out and plan your cape, I laid out my yardage of Royal Blue fleece and had my daughter lay down on it to get her wing span :).  Then using one of the 4.5" Circle feathers, starting at the top edge I chalked the round shape and worked my way down.  I drew a rough sketch of what I did above.  I did one side and folded fabric and half and cut both sides at once.

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11.  Then I laid the feathers like this and pinned them in place in a random pattern to fill in the cape.

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12.  I straight stitched across my sets of feathers using back stitch at the start and end of each set to make sure they were secure.

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13.  On the tabs in the front of the cap, I doubled over the fleece and put a 2 sets of KAM Snaps in on the left and right.  The Cape is finished.  You can do more or less details.  I didn't bother finishing the edges of the fleece as it will not fray.  This may get used a couple times at most and then as dress up for siblings and cousins, so I didn't feel the extra effort was necessary.  On to the "No Sew" Tutu!!!

14.  Make the Elastic waist for your Tutu by wrapping tutu around your child's waist.  Stitch the Elastic together by going back and forth repeatedly with a zig zag stitch or straight stitch.

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15.  Cut your spools of Tulle into lengths, mine were for an older girl so I did measured to just below her knee and doubled that measurement.  I cut my Tulle in 5" pieces and it took 8 spools to complete the skirt.  It is very full but that was the look I was going for.

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16.  Take 1-2 pieces of Tulle fold them in half and place them behind the Elastic.

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17.  Bring the Tulle ends up, over the Elastic and thread them through the open Tulle loop from behind.

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18.  Pull taut and repeat. 

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19.  It will end up like this.  We used Purple, Purple Glitter, Teal, Teal Glitter, and Apple Green Tulle.

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20.  Here is my proud Peacock!  She loves it and she and I had a wonderful time making it together :). 


30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! How to make a Reversible Finished Edge Coffee Cozy with KAM Snaps and Free PDF Pattern October 16 2014

Day #37

How to make a Reversible Coffee Cozy with KAM Snaps and Free PDF Pattern

A couple days ago, I made a couple cute Coffee Cozys for my cousin's birthday.  Here is the second promised tutorial showing how to make the Reversible Finished Edge Coffee Cozy.  KAM Snaps to the rescue again!

Supplies:

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Instructions:

1.  Download the Reversible Finished Edge Coffee Cozy PDF Pattern. Print out the pattern making sure the 1″ square in the corner measures 1″ square when printed that will indicate the pattern is the right size.  This pattern works on standard sized 12 ounce and 16 ounce cups.  My models were Dixie and Chinet brands.

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2.  Cut out each Pattern piece as many times as instructed.  The first time I made this the pattern, though it fitted the cup as a paper template, did not fit when fully finished.  I have added an additional 2" to the pattern to adjust for the loss in length as fabric sewn and fitted (the pattern has been adjusted and 1/4" seam allowance tabs were added).  Make sure to wash and dry your fabrics before making this pattern if you plan to wash them later to avoid shrinkage.

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3.  Original picture of pattern on fabric (pattern has been adjusted).

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4.  Cut out 3 pieces, front and back fabric and interlining because this is going to be an exposed layer I used Felt.  You can use whichever material you like, this layer is for protection from the heat of the cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

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5.  Pin the 3 layers of fabric together.  Bottom fabric right side up, batting, and top fabric right side down.

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6.  Starting just off center on the bottom, stitch all a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around the Cozy stopping 2-3" from finishing.  Leaving an opening to turn the piece right side out.

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7.  Turn the Cozy right side out, I used a small butter/frosting knife to get the corners as square as possible.

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8.  Carefully fold and pin the opening closed.

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9.  Top stitch a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around the Cozy making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your work.

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10.  Install 2 KAM Snap Caps and 2 Studs on the left side and install 2 KAM Snap Caps and 2 Sockets on the other side.  I have included "blue dots" on the template to approximate where to place them but it is best to wrap the snap-free Coffee Cozy around a Coffee Cup to see how it fits and where you would like to place the snaps.  I placed the top and bottom KAM Snaps about 1/2" down from the finished seam edge of the Cozy.

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11.  Here is the finished product both front and back.  You will note that it is reversible and that I coordinated the snaps so that it has different color snaps parts on each side.  Just seemed extra fun :)!

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12.  Tada!  I think they turned out great!  I did another tutorial to show the Reversible Frayed Edge Coffee Cozy too.  Check it out here!!!


30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! How to make a “No Sew” or Sewable Pajama Zipper Cover with KAM Snaps September 09 2014

Day #34

Today I am making a Pajama Zipper Cover with KAM Snaps.  This is a definite "KAM Snaps to the Rescue!" moment if ever there was one!  My toddler has just discovered the sweet freedom that nakedness provides :P.  No less than 3-5 times a day, I find her streaking through the house in her birthday suit.  While, let's be honest, it is the sweetest thing a mom can see with all her beautiful chubbiness exposed.  It leads to BIG messes!!!  During the day time I can catch her pretty fast and re-dress her but during naptime and bedtime I am blissfully unaware of her adventures until I go to get her up and find her naked dancing in her bed.  So sweet, so naughty :)! 

Carter fleece pajamas are a must-have in my house because my children like to sleep on top of their blankets instead of under them.  They are comfy and warm but I have found that at Size 2T they stop adding the zipper cover.  I assume for those kids who are potty trained but my kids are tall so we head into most clothing sizes ahead of schedule. 

KAM Snaps to the rescue!  I decided to do something about it.  With a few minutes, some fabric scraps, and a couple snaps I solved a major problem.

Supplies:

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Instructions:

Collect your pajamas in need of a Zipper Cover.

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Here is the "No Sew" version: 

1.  Add a KAM Snap to the Left and Right Side of pajama, they are spaced a little over 1" apart.  I did one side with a Socket and one side with a Stud but upon reflection I would have done them both Studs.

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2.  Cut the shape above in Fleece or some other non-fraying material.  It is approximately 2" by 1" when folded in half.

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3.  Put Fabric Tac to one side, fold in half and press firmly.  Let dry.

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4.  Add a KAM Snap on the left and right with the same spacing and you used on the pajama.

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5.  Snap into place, tada!  The "No Sew" version is so easy! 

Now on to the sewable version:

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1.  Cut the shape above in 2 pieces of material, I had some scraps of Minky that were a nice color match to the pajamas.  Put right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam allowance from one long side, round the tip carefully lifting and turning the foot ever couple stitches, and to the end of the second long side making a "U" shape.  Leave the narrow end open.  Then turn the Tab piece right side out.  It is approximately 2 1/2" by 1" when finished.

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2.  Add a KAM Snap in the end of the Tab.

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3.  Pin the Tab in place on the left side of the pajama.

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4.  Zig-Zag stitch the Tab in place back and forth until it is secure.

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5.  Lay the Tab over and find the placement for the other half of the KAM Snap and install it.

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6.  Snap into place, tada!  I hope this helps out other mamas with busy babes :).

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30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! How to make a "No Sew" Pacifier Clip with KAM Snaps, MAM Ring or O-Ring and an KAM Plastic Pacifier Clip for Button Style Pacifiers September 05 2014

Day #33

How to make a "No Sew" Pacifier Clip with KAM Snaps, MAM Ring or O-Ring and an KAM Plastic Pacifier Clip for Button Style Pacifiers

Today, I am making a "No Sew" Pacifier Clip for Button Style Pacifiers using our silicone MAM rings and O-Rings.  No sewing necessary!

Supplies for a "No Sew" Pacifier Clip with Button Style Pacifier Adapters:

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Instructions:

1.  Choose a 7/8" or 3/4" or 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon, cut a 16" to 18" length of ribbon.  I did some of each size of Grosgrain Ribbon and I cut them 16" long so when they were completed they was approximately 12" long.

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2.  The ribbon I was using was made of polyester so I used a lighter to seal the ends of the ribbon so it doesn't fray.  (If you are unsure, you may want to practice on a scrap piece if this is your first time or you are unsure of the what the material is made of.)

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3.  Then I used a bit of Fabric Tac and folded over an 2" to 1 1/2" of the ribbon back on itself to reinforce the ribbon and pressed it firmly and let it dry.  Repeat on the opposite end.

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4.  Once dry, I installed a Cap and Stud in each end of the ribbon about 1/2" from the edge.  Then I installed the Cap and Socket about 1 1/2" apart so that the center of each KAM Snap is about 1 1/2" or more apart.  Any closer and I found I had trouble getting the MAM Ring or O-Ring Adapter to sit neatly inside.  I used Size 20 snaps for this tutorial but either Size 20 or Size 16 will work great.

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5.  Repeat on the other side, that will hold the Pacifier Clip.  I, then, feed the Pacifier Clip and MAM Ring Adapter onto the ribbon and snapped it into place.  It may have been easier to thread on the pacifier clip before installing any Snap parts but I was able to feed it through without much trouble.

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6.  Tada!  Now time to add the Pacifier.

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7.  Simply stretch the MAM Ring or O-Ring around the Button Style Grip on the Pacifier and it will settle behind it and hold the Pacifier securely. Now snap the Pacifier in place, attach to your child's shirt and go.

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8.  As pictured, the O-Rings hold the same way as the MAM Rings only with a more subtle profile.

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9.  Tada!  Happy Snapping!!!


30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! How to make a Fabric Pacifier Clip with KAM Snaps, MAM Ring or O-Ring and an KAM Plastic Pacifier Clip for Button Style Pacifiers August 27 2014

Day #32

Making a Fabric Pacifier Clip with KAM Snaps, MAM Ring or O-Ring and an KAM Plastic Pacifier Clip for Button Style Pacifiers

Today, I am making a pretty Fabric Pacifier Clip for Button Style Pacifiers using our silicone MAM rings and O-Rings. Pretty functional :)!!!

Supplies for a Fabric Pacifier Clip with Button Style Pacifier Adapters:

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Instructions:

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.

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2.  Fold both 3 1/2" wide ends in 1/4" and iron flat.

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3.  Now fold and iron the fabric in half the long way (14" length).

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4.  Then fold and iron again, bringing the outer edges to the middle "iron line" and iron along those edges. Repeat on other side.

5.  Re-iron the seam so that the Fabric is smooth and flat, it should now be 13 1/2" long x 7/8" wide.

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6.  Open the top of the Fabric strip and trim the excess internal fabric at an angle so that there is less chance of the ends peeking out when sewn together.  Repeat on the other end.

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7.  Pin the Fabric strip in a couple places to keep it in place.

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8.   Sew a 1/8" seam all the way around the piece making sure to back stitch at the start and finish to set the seam.

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9.  Now installed a Cap and Stud about 1/2" from the edge and the mating Cap and Socket about 1 1/2" later so that the center of the two KAM Snap parts are about 1 1/2" or more apart.  Any closer and I found I had trouble getting the MAM Ring or O-Ring Adapter to sit neatly inside.   I used Size 20 snaps for this tutorial but either Size 20 or Size 16 will work great.

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10.  Repeat on the other side, that will hold the Pacifier Clip.  I, then, feed the Pacifier Clip and MAM Ring Adapter onto the ribbon and snapped it into place.  It may have been easier to thread on the pacifier clip before installing any Snap parts but I was able to feed it through without much trouble.

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11.  Tada!  Now time to add the Pacifier.

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12.  Simply stretch the MAM Ring or O-Ring around the Button Style Grip on the Pacifier and it will settle behind it and hold the Pacifier securely. Now snap the Pacifier in place, attach to your child's shirt and go.

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13.  As pictured, the MAM Rings hold the same way as the O-Rings only with a less subtle profile.

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14.  Tada!  Happy Snapping!!!


30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! Repairing a Watch Band with KAM Snaps August 21 2014

KAM Snaps to the Rescue!!! Another great use for KAM Snaps from one of our wonderful customers - Watch Band Repair!

"Wanted to show you what I did with one of your snaps. My strap holder (rubber) broke and I couldn’t wear my watch as it would come undone. My husband and I decided to try one of your Kam Snaps and viola it worked. I couldn’t be happier that I have my watch back. It was the kind that had a “strange” set up on the band so hadn’t been able to find a new band. The pink worked great!! So happy I invested in these. - Joan"

Thanks so much for sharing, Joan! I love all the great things KAM Snaps can be used for :).

Joan's watch band KAM Snap Fix


30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! Upcycled Recycled Teenage Shirt into a Toddler Dress with KAM Snaps August 19 2014

30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!!  Day #31

So we have sailed past 30 days of snaps and as I said before I still had a pile of ideas and items in my house that needed some happy snapping :).  This idea comes from some hand me downs that my older daughter received.  As she sorted through them, she came across this shirt and set it aside.  She declared it wasn't her taste.  Her little sister was sitting next to her watching, grabbed it, and declared it "Pretty" and hers.  :)  It was way too big but I could see it was full of potential so I agreed to some crafty upcycling and Tada! a toddler dress, belt (also a cast off from big sister), and wrapped cuff bracelet were born.  Thank you KAM Snaps!!!

Supplies:

  • 1 Teen Shirt (the one I used was Size 12)
  • 1 Teen Belt
  • KAM Snap Sets (I used 2 colors G96 Mirror and B47 Neon Pink)
  • KAM Snap Pliers and Awl
  • Serger Sewing Machine
  • Standard Sewing Machine

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Instructions:

1.  I had my daughter try on the shirt.  It was a great length and just a bit wide.  I pinched about 1" on each side and the shirt seemed to lay nicely and would be a comfortable size for her.  Lucky for me this shirt also flaired out at the waist giving it a built in skirt effect.  I took the shirt off her and turned it inside out and marked 1" in on each side following the line of the shirt.

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2.  Using my Serger, I followed the line I had drawn.  I love my Serger, sewing and cutting all at once, love it! :)

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3.  Next, I marked the center and cut down about 4 inches.

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4.  Using the seam that I cut off when sizing the dress, I made a "interfacing" for the KAM Snap opening in the back.  It is about 6" long as it will need to be folded over at the top and run past the opening at the bottom.  Cut or rip the seam just a little more than the 4" you will need for the opening.  Leave the bottom 1" attached.

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5.  With the dress right side out, place the "interfacing" right side down and pin together round the opening.

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6.  Sew a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around making a V.

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7.  Turn the dress inside out and fold the interfacing inward and pin in place.  Also pin the top under to create finished top seam.

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8.  Sew a 1/8" seam allowance from the left top edge with back stitch and beginning and end.  Follow the edge of the material down the V and back up again.

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9. Install 2 KAM Snap Caps and Sockets on the left side 2" to 2 1/2" apart and install 2 KAM Snap Caps and Studs on the right side with the same spacing making sure they line up.

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10.  It will look like this.  The dress part is complete now on to the Belt.

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11.  I took the belt and loosely wrapped it around my daughters waist to decide on the size.  Then I installed 2 KAM Snap Caps and Sockets on the piece that will lay in the front (Caps up).  I cut off the excess belt past the front KAM Snaps in a clean V.  Then I cut off the metal buckle and installed 2 KAM Snap Caps and Studs on the back side (Caps down).

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12.  Tada!  Way, way cuter!  Now on to the wrap cuff bracelet.

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13.  Using one of the seams that I cut off the dress when I was sizing it, I turned it wrong side out and pinned it together.

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14.  Sew a 1/4" seam allowance with back stitches at both the beginning and end to set the stitch.

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15.  Turn the whole tube right side out.

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16.  It may be hard to see but my princess wanted flowers on her bracelet so I used an embroidery stitch on my sewing machine to add them.

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17.  Add KAM Snap Cap and Socket to one end (Cap up) and install the KAM Snap Cap and Stud to the other end (Cap down).   Tada!

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18.  I think it turned out great and my little model was delighted!  Happy Snapping!

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30 Days of Snaps Summary!!! Day #1 through Day #30 Summary August 05 2014

30 Days of Snaps Summary!!!

I made it!  30 Days of KAM Snap ideas and tutorials, I am so proud of myself :).  Here is a summary of what I did for all of you who are have only seen a few or are just joining us.

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Day #2

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Day #5

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Day #9

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Day #10

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Day #11

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Day #12

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Day #13

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Day #14

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Day #15

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Day #16

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Day #17

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Day #18

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Day #19

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Day #20

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Day #21

Embroidered Cuff title

Day #22

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Day #23

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Day #24

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Day #25

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Day #26

Tag Blanket with KAM Snaps and Pacifier Supplies title page

Day #27

Smart Phone Case and Wristlet with KAM Snaps title pic

Day #28

Bandana Bib with KAM Snaps title

Day #29

Care Bear with KAM Snaps vest title

Day #30

Mini Hobo Purse with KAM Snaps title

30 Days of Snaps Summary:

  1.  Day #1:  How To Repair Toddler Shoes with KAM Snaps
  2. Day #2: How To Repair a Snow Hat with KAM Snaps
  3. Day #3:  How To Repair a Doll Pram with KAM Snaps
  4. Day #4: How To Repair a Bra with KAM Snaps
  5. Day #5:  How to make an Adjustable Headband
  6. Day #6:  How to make Interchangeable Shabby Flowers
  7. Day #7:  How To Match Socks with KAM Snaps
  8. Day #8: How To Repair A Pair Of Jeans with KAM Snaps
  9. Day #9:  How To Recycle a Milk Jug into a Storage Container with KAM Snaps
  10. Day #10:  How To Make Unpaper Towels with KAM Snaps and a Serger
  11. Day #11: How To Make Unpaper Towels with KAM Snaps and a Standard Sewing Machine
  12. Day #12:  How To Make "No Sew" Unpaper Towels with KAM Snaps
  13. Day #13:  How to Repair a Tape Measure with KAM Snaps
  14. Day #14: How to Cinch the Waistband on Children's Clothing with KAM Snaps
  15. Day #15: How to make a "No Sew" Leash for a Toddler Cup with KAM Snaps
  16. Day #16:  How to make a "No Sew" Pacifier Clip with KAM Snaps and an Enamel Clip
  17. Day #17: How to make a Fabric Pacifier Clip with KAM Snaps and a Pacifier Clip
  18. Day #18: How to do a Emergency Easter Basket Repair with KAM Snaps
  19. Day #19: How to make a Pacifier Clip Using Recyled Jeans, KAM Snaps, and a Pacifier Clip
  20. Day #20:  How to make a Cuff Bracelet with Recycled Jeans and KAM Snaps
  21. Day #21: How to make a Cuff Bracelet with Recycled Jeans, Embroidery and KAM Snaps
  22. Day #22: How to make a Felt Coin Purse with KAM Snaps and PDF Pattern
  23. Day #23: How to make a Hanging Kitchen Towel with KAM Snaps
  24. Day #24: How to make a Felt Crown with KAM Snaps and PDF Pattern
  25. Day #25: How to Make a Crayon Roll with KAM Snaps
  26. Day #26: How to make a Sensory Ribbon Baby Tag Blanket with KAM Snaps and Pacifier Supplies
  27. Day #27:  How to make a Smart Phone Case and Wristlet with KAM Snaps and Key Fob Hardware
  28. Day #28: How to make a Bandana Bib with KAM Snaps and a PDF Pattern
  29. Day #29: How to make a vest for a Stuffed Animal with KAM Snaps and Holey Jeans
  30. Day #30: How to make a Mini Hobo Purse with KAM Snaps and a PDF Pattern

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