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Monday Humor @ ILikeBigButtons.com January 18 2021

Yes!!! 😁

Our Turquoise (G115) KAM Plastic Snap is one of our most popular vibrant blues. It works great for both girls and boys alike and is a great all-around color. 😍 If you are not into Turquoise, we carry 22 other shades of blue and 130+ unique colors of snaps.
   
     

K1 KAM Plastic Snap Pliers Versus K2 ILBB Plastic Snap Pliers January 08 2021

We get a lot of questions about the difference between K1 and K2 plastic snap pliers. Both K1 and K2 pliers work great for applying plastic snaps. They are lightweight, portable, and easy to use.

The K1 pliers are KAM® branded pliers, the same quality brand as the snaps we carry. They come with four (4) dies:

The K2 pliers are manufactured for our I Like Big Buttons!® brand. They are a more economical option for those who aren't looking to do all that many snaps. They come with three (3) dies:

K1 are sturdier and have more robust dies than K2. If you are just doing a few snaps, the K2 is not a bad choice, and some people like them better for Size 16 snaps. The K1 pliers do a nicer job on Size 20 snaps and work great on Size 16.

K1 pliers form the snaps creating a small rounded dome in the socket and stud center. K2 pliers form more of a flat pancake with a bullseye impression that some like for Size 16 snaps, as it can make them snap together a little easier.

If grip strength is an issue, K2 pliers require less force to sufficiently set snaps.

In general, we recommend K1 over K2, but both work great.

 


The Anatomy Of A KAM Plastic Snap @ ILikeBigButtons.com January 07 2021

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.

Wednesday Humor @ ILikeBigButtons.com January 06 2021

 

Just for today! 😜

 

Our Dazzle (G95) KAM Plastic Snaps reminds me of grape popsicles, mermaids 🧜‍♀️, and childhood imagination.

If you are not into Dazzle, we carry 16 other shades of purple and 130+ unique colors of snaps.


💖 KAM Plastic Snaps Love Sale 💖 January 03 2021

 
*KAM Snap Sets are available in Quick Order Chart.
 
 

Rounds, ❤️Hearts❤️, ⭐Stars⭐, and Long Prongs, Oh My!!! All our KAM Plastic Snaps are 15% OFF in our Quick Order Chart using coupon code: KAMSNAPLOVE

 

Time to Stock up!!!

Single Color in Size 16 or Size 20

Sale Price

Regular Price

     

10 Sets

$0.51

 $0.60

25 Sets

$0.98

$1.15

100 Sets

$3.35

$3.95

1000 Sets

$26.31

$30.95

1 Coupon Per Order. Good Through January 31, 2021.


🥳 END OF THE YEAR SALE! 🥳 @ ILikeBigButtons.com December 28 2020

 

What an unexpected year of up and downs! 😭🙃🤪 As a THANK YOU for sticking with us through 2020, take 15% off your End of the Year order using coupon code:

SURVIVED2020

Valid on www.ILikeBigButtons.com only.
1 Coupon Per Order. Good Through January 2, 2021.


Christmas Gift Idea: Lace & Fabric Cover Button Earrings December 08 2020

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Cut your fabric scrap. You will want a circle that is about twice the diameter of your button blank or use one of our handy Plastic Cover Button Templates.
  2. Put your lace piece in the larger assembly tool piece (RIGHT SIDE DOWN).   Then, 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.
  5. Place the back cover button piece on top of your fabric and button front. 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.
  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!  First step complete.
  11. Lightly scuff the back of the Cover Button so the glue will adhere better (not essential but recommended).
  12. Clean both surfaces of dust.  I used rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab.
  13. Apply e6000 to back of Cover Button or Earring Post.
  14. Press Earring Post into place and remove any extra Adhesive.  On smaller sized Cover Buttons center the post, as they increase in size adjust post towards top.
  15. Let dry, add Earring Backing/Nut, and enjoy.
  16. Tada!  You could also make the Cover Button Clip Ons Earrings and these are great a gifts or as products for your shop.

Shop Now!!! Storewide 2020 THANKFUL Sale @ ILikeBigButtons.com November 23 2020

 

2020 Thankful Sale @ ILikeBigButtons.com

Black Friday - Small Business Saturday - Cyber Monday all rolled into one!

Before we prepare to celebrate another amazing Thanksgiving with our family, I wanted to give all of you our Thankful Deals so you can get started with some great Christmas crafts or for you pre-planners ;) some last-minute projects.

Coupon Codes* (Good through November 30, 2020 on our website):

THANKFUL10 for 10% off orders 

THANKFUL15 for 15% off orders $500+

 

***BONUS: Don't forget that US orders $99+ also get upgraded to free shipping!!!

Black Friday orders made Thanksgiving Day through November 29th (Sunday) will ship out Monday with our morning pickup. Thank you for your understanding and business! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!!! Have a great crafty holiday week!!!

I Like Big Buttons! and All Buttons big and small :)

KAM Snaps:
Pacifier Supplies:
Cover Buttons:
Key Fob Hardware:
Lobster Clasps:
Barrettes:
Bobby Pins:
Paper Clips:
Earring Supplies:
Sewing Clips:
And Much More...

 

* Limit 1 coupon per order 

 


FLASH SALE! Take 10% Off Bobby Pin and Barrette Supplies @ ILikeBigButtons.com November 18 2020

 

FLASH SALE! TAKE 10% OFF BOBBY PIN AND BARRETTE SUPPLIES


Today only! Take 10% off all our Bobby Pin and Barrette Supplies using coupon code: HAIRPINS10


Bobby Pin Sale Link

Barrette Sale Link 


FLASH SALE! Take An Additional 15% Off Clearance Items @ ILikeBigButtons.com November 11 2020

 

Today only! Take an additional 

15% off all our Clearance Craft Supplies

using coupon code:

CLEARANCE15


Tuesday Humor @ ILikeBigButtons.com November 10 2020

Especially this time of year!!! 😊😜😁

Our Violet (B41) KAM Plastic Snap is one of our most popular colors and a favorite of mine. If you are not into Violet, we carry 16 other shades of purple and 130+ unique colors of snaps.


Monday Humor @ ILikeBigButtons.com November 02 2020

Sigh! Hello, Monday. 🙃😜

Our Copper (G108) KAM Plastic Snap is one of my favorite metallics of all time.
If you are not into Copper, we carry 6 metallic KAM Plastic Snap shades and 130+ unique colors of snaps.


I Like Big Buttons! 👶 Pacifier Supply Sale 👶 November 01 2020

Pacifier Supplies & Pacifier Adapters


are 10% OFF


No Coupon Necessary


Time to Stock Up!


Good Through November 30, 2020.

 


Fabric Key Fob Hardware Wristlets by ILikeBigButtons.com October 27 2020

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Cut a 10" x 5" section of Fabric of your choosing and 10" x 2.5" Fusible Fleece.
  2. Iron Fusible Fleece to the center of the fabric.  Fold and iron the Fabric in half with the wrong sides together.
  3. Unfold and iron the Fabric in half again long sides to the center.
  4. It will look like this when you get done.
  5. Use your Sewing Clips to pin the Wristlet flat.
  6. Stitch along the edge of your Fabric strip, I stitched 1/4" in.  Remove the Sewing Clips as you go.  Work slowly, keeping close to the edge and as straight of a line as possible.
  7. Repeat 1/4" stitching along the opposing edge.
  8. Fold the Fabric Wristlet Strip in half, right sides facing out and match up the ends.
  9. Stitch the ends together with a zig zag stitch.  I went back and forth a few times to ensure it held.
  10. Trim any loose threads.  Use Fray Check to seal the end of the exposed Fabric edge.
  11. Tuck the sewn seam ends into the Key Fob Hardware, making sure that the Fabric Wristlet is centered.
  12. Using Key Fob Hardware Pliers squeeze the Key Fob Hardware closed with gentle pressure.  Sometimes, I go back and forth from left to right added a little bit of pressure to each side until it eases together.  Our Key Fob Hardware Pliers make this easy to do.
  13. Note the adjustable screw set to the distance I want the pliers to go to.
  14. Add the Split Ring and Yay!!!
  15. I love them and now I have a few sets to share!!!

I Like Big Buttons! KAM Plastic Snaps - Color Of The Day!!! B40 - Pumpkin 🎃 October 19 2020

 
Our Pumpkin (B40) KAM Plastic Snap reminds me of bright sunny fall days, Halloween fun, and my darling son who does his best to wear orange every day of the week. 🥰
 
If you are not into Pumpkin, we carry 13 other shades of orange and 130+ unique colors of snaps.

I Like Big Buttons! KAM Plastic Snaps - Color Of The Day!!! B51 – Kelly Green Our Kelly Green (B51) September 30 2020

B51 - Kelly Green

Color Of The Day!!! B51 – Kelly Green

Our Kelly Green (B51) KAM Plastic Snap reminds me of beautiful green grass and lazy summer days. I am not ready for summer to end! 😭

If you are not into Kelly Green, we carry 16 other shades of green and 130+ unique colors of snaps.


Labor Day Sale!!! Take An Additional 15% Off Clearance Items September 04 2020

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!!

In honor of the last great Summer Weekend, today, September 4th, through Monday, September 7th, take an additional 15% off all our Clearance Craft Supplies using coupon code: CLEARANCE15

Clearance and Sale Link


🌺 Cabochon Push Pin Kits and Cover Button Push Pin Kits 🌺 @ ILikeBigButtons.com September 01 2020

DIY Cherry Blossom Cabochons Push Pins/Thumb Tacks KIT (22 mm) - Makes 10

DIY Size 30 (3/4" (19 mm) Covered Button Push Pins/Thumb Tacks KIT - Makes 10

 

If you are looking for a super easy, fun, and impactful craft project, these decorative push pins are for you and just in time for the beginning of school.

Using our Cabochon DIY Push Pin Kit or Cover Button DIY Push Pin Kit, you can make these message or corkboard accessories that are super cute and well-received without much effort.

Place a small dab of E-6000 or a comparable adhesive on the metal circle glue pad on the push pins. Then simply press the flower cabochon or completed cover button into place and center it. Allow to dry for the recommended amount of time per adhesive's directions and enjoy!

The hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry. 😜

To see other great DIY STARTER KIT options, visit our DIY KITS section here.


I Like Big Buttons! Crew Is Going On Vacation! July 28 2020

I Like Big Buttons! Family is going on Vacation!

Just ahead up, for the first time in sixteen years, our I Like Big Buttons! family is going on vacation. Not a three-day over a holiday weekend kinda one. Nope. A REAL vacation with our kiddos! It has been a long time coming.

As small business owners, it is hard to take a break because well, customers need questions answered, orders need shipping, and there is no one to hand it off to when you want to push pause.

After sixteen years, we decided to push PAUSE, just for a week, so that we can spend some real time with our kids outside of our normal routine. A week where the business doesn't consume our time and energies.

So here's the heads up, if you have been putting off an order, now is the time to make it. We will be accepting orders and shipping until August 4th at 3pm PT and won't reopen until August 13th. Any and all orders made between the evening of August 4th through August 13th will ship out August 14th.

Orders between 8/4-8/13 will ship 8/14.

 

We also will be off Social Media and out of internet range for most of the week, meaning any product or order questions you have won't be answered until we return on August 13th, as we responsibly "social distance vacation" as a family.

Thank you for understanding as we give our patient kiddos some much deserved Dad/Mom attention and time.

Gena and the I Like Big Buttons! Crew

Thank you for  your understanding.  - I Like Big Buttons! Family


🎆 Happy Fourth of July! 🎆 Sale at ILikeBigButtons.com July 03 2020

Before we prepare to celebrate another great 4th with our Little Buttons, I wanted to give all of you our Celebration Deals so you can get some great summer crafts.

Coupon Codes ( Good through Monday 7/6/20 on @ I Like Big Buttons! ):

FOURTH5 for 5% off of orders over $25

FOURTH10 for 10% off of orders over $100

FOURTH15 for 15% off of orders over $200

***BONUS: Don't forget that US orders over $99 also get upgraded to free shipping!!!

Happy Fourth of July from our family to yours!!! Have a great snappy holiday week!!!

I Like Big Buttons! and All Buttons BIG and small 🎆🎆🎆


Happy Fourth of July 🎇!🎆 Professional KAM Plastic Snap Press GIVEAWAY! @ I Like Big Buttons! June 24 2020

Happy Fourth of July 🎇!🎆  Professional KAM Plastic Snap Press GIVEAWAY!  @ I Like Big Buttons!

 

It's almost July already! How did that happen?!? We are sponsoring a Coral Pink DK-98 Professional Snap Press Giveaway!!! You will receive one of our custom Coral Pink DK-98 Press (as pictured) with a set of Size 16 Dies and 500 Grab Bag Mix of Size 16 KAM Plastic Snaps (will have all the parts to function, no additional expense will be required).

 

ENTER TO WIN and see giveaway details on I Like Big Buttons! Business Facebook Page.

 

If you can’t wait and want a Professional Press, they are already on SALE our website. (No Coupon Necessary)

*Giveaway open until Saturday 7/4/20. One (1) Random winner will be drawn.

 


Craft Humor: You never know what you have until you clean your craft room. June 22 2020

My kiddos and I have been doing some "Beginning of Summer Cleaning" each morning to try and find back the house after 3 long months of homeschooling and living every hour of every day together. Oh, the things we have found! 😁

🧵✂️🧵 Craft room next!!! 🧵✂️🧵

School's Out For Summer! Giveaway @ I Like Big Buttons! June 08 2020

If you started singing - School's Out - by Alice Cooper, about a month ago you are not alone! You will find this song blasting from my home speakers we FINALLY enter the last week of school. 😜

This is my favorite time of the year especially this year. I love having all my kiddos home and I am grateful I won’t have to keep them on task for school anymore!

THANK YOU to all you teachers out there who have done a remarkable job keeping our kiddos learning during this difficult time and keeping us parents on task too. You are loved!

Now, my kids and I are more than ready for a long, hot, LAZY summer.

To celebrate, we will be giving away a 'craft kit' prize every day this week to do with your kids during this summer in our I Like Big Buttons Group.

Each kit will include one or more of our I Like Big Buttons! craft supplies and a link to our online tutorials. (Fabric, glue, etc will not be included).

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: 💜 Self-Cover Button Barrettes (25 Size 30 Cover Buttons, Tool/Template, and (25) Random Mix of Barrettes)

Tuesday's prize: 💙 Enameled Pacifier Clips (10 Enameled Clips, 20 Sets of White KAM Snaps, K2 Plastic Snap Pliers, and Random Mix of MAM Rings)

Wednesday's prize: 💚 Self-Cover Button Jumbo Paper Clips (10 Size 45 Cover Buttons, Tool/Template, and (10) Random Mix of Paper Clips)

Thursday's prize: 💛 190 Long Prong KAM Snap Starter Pack in Rainbow Spectrum and K2 Plastic Snap Pliers (One 10 pack of each color)

Friday's prize: 🧡 15 Random Mix of 1" (25 mm) Key Fob Hardware and Key Fob Hardware Pliers

Saturday/Sunday prize: ❤️ ILikeBigButtons.com ($25 Coupon Code good for a one time purchase on ILikeBigButtons.com)

*One (1) Random winner will be drawn every day at 12 pm PT.

Free Downloadable/Printable Chart to attach "G" Custom Colors June 04 2020

Printable Chart/Grid for the "G" Custom Colors Printable Chart/Grid for the "G" Custom Colors (Flipped/Foldable)

 

I Like Big Buttons! Printable Chart/Grid for the "G" Custom Colors (G61 through G130)

My sweet husband created 2 pdf charts for our ILBB "G" KAM Plastic Snaps Custom Colors with a small circle in each square so that your snap caps can be placed neatly in the chart.

He also split it into two charts to make it easier to attach the snaps with pliers or press if you would like. They can also be attached with glue. And he formatted it so that you can choose between either a "both sides up" version or a "flippable" version so you can fold it in half and flip it and have the second half of the chart right side up.

Now, you can have an easy quick reference chart like Standard KAM plastic snap chart for B1 through B60. You can print the charts on paper or cardstock and attach our exclusive "G" Custom Colors for a handy reference guide when ordering or deciding on fabric/snap combinations.

They are available in the above links, but you can also find it on our website in the main menu under "Color Charts".

Where to buy Standard KAM plastic snap chart and samples of our 70 custom colors.


Craft Quote Of The Day June 03 2020

I’m not a craft hoarder. I’m the curator of an extensive private craft supply collection.

😉

#kamsnaps #keyfobs #coverbuttons #metalfindings #jumbopaperclips #pacifiersupplies #somanysupplies #craftsanity #humor #craftquotes #mamaboss #mompreneur #craftstore #ilikebigbuttons #shopilikebigbuttons #craftcurator #craftsupplycollection #extensivecraftsupplycollection

 


I Like Big Buttons! 📎📎📎 Jumbo Paper Clips 📎📎📎 June 01 2020

https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/paper-clips

Jumbo Paper Clips & Jumbo Paper Clip DIY Kits are 10% OFF

No Coupon Necessary

Time to Stock Up!

 
1 Coupon Per Order. Good Through June 30, 2020.

Cabochon Bobby Pin Kits by ILikeBigButtons.com May 29 2020

DIY - SMALL - Mum Cabochon Bobby Pins KIT (10 mm) - Makes 10 Bobby Pins DIY - MEDIUM - Mum Cabochon Bobby Pins KIT (16 mm) - Makes 10 Bobby Pins
DIY - MEDIUM - Cherry Blossom Cabochon Bobby Pins KIT (16 mm) - Makes 10 Bobby Pins DIY - LARGE - Cherry Blossom Cabochon Bobby Pins KIT (22 mm) - Makes 10 Bobby Pins

 

If you are looking for a super easy, fun, and impactful craft project, these are for you. My little girls were thrilled to be the recipients of my craftiness. 

Using our Cabochon Bobby Pin DIY Kits, you too can make gifts that are super cute and well-received without much effort.

Supplies:

We carry a colorful mix of Mums in Small or Medium.

10 mm Mum Cabochons:

16 mm Mum Cabochons:

OR a colorful mix of Cherry Blossom Cabochons in Medium or Large.

16 mm Cherry Blossom Cabochons:

22 mm Cherry Blossom Cabochons:

You pick finish of your bobby pins from a colorful selection:

Place a small dab of E-6000 or a comparable adhesive on the metal circle glue pad on the bobby pin. Then simply press the flower cabochon into place and center it. Allow to dry for the recommended amount of time per adhesive's directions and enjoy!

The hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry. 😜

Tada!

 

To see other great DIY STARTER KIT options, visit our DIY KITS section here.

 

 

 

 

 


I Like Big Buttons! 🔑 Key Fob Hardware Sale 🔑 May 01 2020

Key Fob Hardware Sale

Key Fob Hardware & Key Fob Hardware DIY Kits are 10% OFF

No Coupon Necessary


 
1 Coupon Per Order. Good Through May 31, 2020.

Face Mask with Ribbon Using Sewing Clips Tutorial by ILikeBigButton.com April 13 2020

https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/sewing-notions

As a precaution, I have been making our family some face masks. Nothing fancy, I was limited to what supplies I had on hand. I made a mask with Elastic earlier, this one will be with ribbon ties.

So with some fabric scraps, ribbon (they mentioned you could use shoelaces as an option), sewing clips, and my trusting sewing machine, I found a set of instructions and struck out.

Here is the first version I made:

https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/sewing-notions

https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/sewing-notions

Supplies:

  • Face Mask Instructions (I used these as general guidelines)
  • 2x 9.5" x 6.5" pieces of Fabric
  • 4x 18" of Ribbon or brand new Shoelaces (this is a good average size, but may need to be adjusted if you are a smaller person)
  • Sewing Clips
  • Sewing Machine

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1. Cut out 2x 9.5" x 6.5" fabric rectangles.

2. With right side of 9.5" x 6.5" fabric facing up, pin a piece of 18" ribbon in each corner. Like so.

3. Pin the second piece of 9.5" x 6.5" fabric facing down to the fabric with the ribbon pinned to it. Make sure the tails of the ribbon don't get caught in the edges while sewing. I tied the ribbon into loose loops to keep them from finding their way into the edge seam.

4. Sew a 1/4" seam starting about 1/2 way on the long side. Go all the way around the perimeter, stopping when you have about 1.5" to 2" left. Make sure to go back and forth at each of the corners to anchor the ribbon. Leave that gap so that you can turn the face mask right side out.

5. Turn the mask right side out and iron it flat.

6. Make three pleats lengthwise, like you are folding a paper fan. I eyed it and used the sewing clip width as my pleat measurer, but if I was making more than a handful of these, I would make myself a template to make this part easier. The pleats help the mask form around the wearer’s face. Secure each pre-sewn pleat with a sewing clip as pictured above.

7. Now sew a 1/4"  stitch around the outer perimeter of the mask face, going back and forward over the corners to add more stability to the ribbon.

8. Then, top stitch a second time around the outer edge about 1/4" in from the first round of stitching.

9. Tada! You have a finished face mask.

*Afterthoughts, my kiddos will need smaller masks, this one seems best sized for teens to adults.


Face Mask with Elastic Using Sewing Clips Tutorial by ILikeBigButton.com April 08 2020

https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/sewing-notions

We have been home now for close to a month, only leaving our home when we need supplies. What a change to our lives this last month has been. I am now a full-time teacher/chef/working mom. My sweet husband, who just started working from home because our kiddos were all in school, is now experiencing daily band concerts, 6 feet from his office, and the whirling dervishes that are our active kiddos being on top of us all day every day.

More than ever we have to watch what we touch, who we come into contact with, and when we have to go out, we have to protect ourselves from unknowing coming into contact with germs. It is a lot to take in.

As a precaution, I decided to make our family some face masks. Nothing fancy, I was limited to what supplies I had on hand. You will be surprised to know that I have a limited supply of fabric. A few years ago, I had so much fabric I didn't know what to do with it all, but I have finally whittled did down to scraps while making baby blankets for the babies who have joined our extended family and friends and gifting it to church projects to bless others.

So with some fabric scraps, headband elastic (it's all I had), sewing clips, and my trusting sewing machine, I found a set of instructions and struck out.

Here is the first version I made:

https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/sewing-notions

https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/sewing-notions

Supplies:

  • Face Mask Instructions (I used these as general guidelines)
  • 2x 9.5" x 6.5" pieces of Fabric
  • 2x 7" of Elastic (this is a good average size, but may need to be adjusted if you are a smaller person)
  • Sewing Clips
  • Sewing Machine

https://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/sewing-notions

1. Cut out 2x 9.5" x 6.5" fabric rectangles.

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2. With right side of 9.5" x 6.5" fabric facing up, pin a piece of 7" elastic from left bottom looped to left top. Pin a piece of 7" elastic from right bottom looped to right top. Like so.

3. Pin the second piece of 9.5" x 6.5" fabric facing down to the fabric with the elastic pinned to it.

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4. Sew a 1/4" seam starting about 1/2 way on the long side. Go all the way around the perimeter, stopping when you have about 1.5" to 2" left. Make sure to go back and forth at each of the corners to anchor the elastic. Leave that gap so that you can turn the face mask right side out.

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5. Turn the mask right side out and iron it flat.

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6. Make three pleats lengthwise, like you are folding a paper fan. I eyed it and used the sewing clip width as my pleat measurer, but if I was making more of these, I would make myself a template to make this part easier. The pleats help the mask form around the wearer’s face. Secure each pre-sewn pleat with a sewing clip as pictured above.

7. Now sew a 1/4"  stitch around the outer perimeter of the mask face, going back and forward over the corners to add more stability to the elastic.

8. Then, top stitch a second time around the outer edge about 1/4" in from the first round of stitching.

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9. Tada! You have a finished face mask.

*Afterthoughts, this mask was the perfect size for my husband, but I would probably make the elastic a 1/2" to 1" shorter for women. I will have to play with it to see what size works best for me. And of course, my kiddos will need smaller masks, this one seems best sized for teens to adults.


I Like Big Buttons! 🧵✂️ DIY Kit Sale 🧵✂️ April 01 2020

We have had a lot of requests for DIY Starter Kits over the years for our most popular supplies. We have compiled our customers' favorite craft findings and supplies into these great Starter Kits. Check them out!

DIY Kit Sale are 10% OFF

No Coupon Necessary

Time to stock up!

Good Through April 30, 2020.

 

Cover Buttons Starter Kits:

We have assembled several Cover Button kits with our customer's favorite supplies. Jumbo Paper Clips, Pendant Bezels, Thumb Tacks, Jewelry Supplies, Bobby Pins, Snap Barrettes, and Badge Reels. Choose from 3 Cover Button sizes and a variety of finishes/colors. Everything that you need to get started (fabric and glue not included *).

Key Fob Hardware Starter Kits:

We have also put together ready-to-go Key Fob Starter Kits with Pliers in a mix of sizes, finishes, or both. Everything that you need to get started (fabric not included *).

To see other great DIY STARTER KIT options, visit our DIY KITS section here.


Yes, ILikeBigButtons.com OPEN and Shipping! March 18 2020

Yes, I Like Buttons! OPEN and Shipping!

Yes, I Like Buttons! OPEN and Shipping!

We have gotten a few questions about if we are open and shipping during this time. The answer is YES! We are all healthy and safely tucked at home as we practice social distancing.

I Like Big Buttons! is a completely e-commerce based, family-run business. Since we don't have a physical storefront, we are able to continue our operations as usual. All our items are in stock and ready to ship. Items purchased before 3 pm PT will go out the next business day via our USPS scheduled morning pickup.

My presence on social media may slow, and I ask for your patience with that. I have just become a full-time homeschooling mom for the next 6 weeks, on top of my responsibilities at I Like Big Buttons!, being a full-time wife, and a full-time momma. As many of you know, I am a momma of many, which means lots of "Mom, Mom, Mom!" as the day goes long. Lots of "How do I do this?" and "What am I supposed to do next?" Our school district has been amazing and was able to send all my kiddos home with lots of work, both online and in packet form, to keep them active.

For support or product questions, please contact us at support@ilikebigbuttons.com. We check our email support constantly, but may only get to our social media pages a few times a day. Facebook doesn't always notify us that you have asked a question, so we may not see it in a timely manner.

Thank you,
Gena
ILikeBigButtons.com


I Like Big Buttons! 🌈 Rainbow Combo Sale 🌈 March 01 2020

Rainbow Combo Packs are 20% OFF

No Coupon Necessary

Time to stock up!

Good Through March 31, 2020.

 Rainbow Combo Packs


Size 24 (5/8 inch / 15 mm) Self Cover Buttons by ILikeBigButtons.com February 26 2020

We love our Cover Buttons! Easy to make and versatile they are one of my favorite go-to craft supplies.

We carry them in 7 great sizes. The second smallest, Size 24 (5/8"), is just slightly larger in diameter than a Skittle or M&M and available in both Wire Back (sewable) and Flat Back (glueable).

Size 24 (5/8 inch / 15 mm)

Size Reference

 

I Like Big Buttons! 💘 Cover Button Love Sale 💘

Cover Button Sets and Cover Button DIY Kits are 10% OFF | No Coupon Necessary

Time to Stock up!

Good Through February 29, 2020.
 

 

Size 24 Cover Buttons are great for smaller projects:

Lace & Fabric Cover Button Earrings

Fabric Cover Button Mini Clothespins

Fabric Cover Button Bobby Pins

Fabric Cover Buttons for your favorite outfit

Scrapbooking or Card Making

And Much, Much More

 

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


How To Make A Self Fabric Cover Button: 7 Fabric Cover Button Sizes February 21 2020

Easy Peasy! So Much Fun!

Cover Button Tips:

  • The size of the fabric circle for each Cover Button size should be approximately twice the diameter of your button blank. If you would like a matching sized reusable plastic circle template, simply choose "Add Template" from the drop-down menu and the correct sized tool will be added to your order.
  • When the circle of fabric and Cover Button Cap are snugly situated in the clear base of the Cover Button tool, flip the tool over and double-check the positioning of your fabric. If it has a pattern, you will see a preview of how the button will form and can make adjustments to the fabric before you install the back.
  • You may want to add a dab of E6000 or comparable adhesive before installing the Cover Button Back as a precaution to ensure a permanent hold.
  • Save your fingers: Tip #1 - Use the backside of a permanent marker or comparable item on the smaller sized Cover Button Caps to press them into the clear base of the Cover Button tool.
  • Save your fingers: Tip #2 - Take a flat piece of wood and use it to apply even downward pressure on the pink plunger of the Cover Button installation tool when installing the back.  Not so much pressure that you flatten the button, just until it pops into place.
  • To remove the Cover Button from the clear base once it has been formed, bend the mold slightly and push up from the bottom to pop out the button.

Size 20 (1/2 inch / 12 mm) Self Cover Buttons by ILikeBigButtons.com February 20 2020

We love our Cover Buttons! Easy to make and versatile they are one of my favorite go-to craft supplies.

We carry them in 7 great sizes. The smallest, Size 20 (1/2"), is about the size of your pinky nail in both Wire Back (sewable) and Flat Back (glueable).

 

Size 20 (1/2 inch / 12 mm)

Size Reference

I Like Big Buttons! 💘 Cover Button Love Sale 💘

Cover Button Sets and Cover Button DIY Kits are 10% OFF | No Coupon Necessary

Time to Stock up!

Good Through February 29, 2020.

 

Size 20 Cover Buttons are great for small projects:

Stud-sized Fabric Cover Button Earrings

Fabric Cover Button Bracelet

Fabric Cover Button Bobby Pins

Fabric Cover Buttons for your favorite outfit

Scrapbooking or Card Making

And Much, Much More

 

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


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