Pinback Buttons: from Politics to Activism

Stop Lynching, Vintage Pinback Button

Stop Lynching part of the 1930s Civil Rights movement. Image Credit Hake`s

Pinback buttons have been around and used for hundreds of years – literally hundreds of years; the first patented pin was made in the United States in 1896! Pinback buttons have mainly had a political application being used to promote a political candidate and their slogans, but the last few decades we’ve seen them used for activism such has the civil rights movement, saving the rainforests & many other causes, like the equal rights to marry.

With the recent Supreme Court ruling making on equal marriage rights, making it a right across the United States, I wanted to share some pinback buttons that others have made to help the cause and that promote equality for the LGBTQ community.

Pinback Buttons might not be able to directly change the world, but they can help by making it easier for you to be heard!!

Rainbow LGBTQ Pride Flag button by ThatLovelyBrooch

Foster Equality, Vintage Button found on Ebay

Rainbow Run, vintage 1990s Pin, found on Etsy

Rainbow Run, vintage 1990s Pin, found on Etsy



Gay Pride Buttons made by Mehoi

Various LGBTQ Pins made by Mehoi in Toronto

Ally - Rainbow Pride button

Ally Pride Button made by The Little Kangaroo

LGBT Rainbow flag button by ThatLovelyBrooch

YES, Marriage Equality

Yes to Marriage Equality Pins by PointyPins

World Champion Robotics Team Makes Thousands of Buttons

We received this amazing email and video from Veronica. She is the coach for FTC Team Axis 7187. Buttons have become popular items for teams to exchange at robotic competitions. The team made thousands of buttons and took home a world championship.

Our robotics team did not expect to use the machine as much as we did. This year we fortunate enough to make it to the World Championship so we competed a lot and made thousands of buttons! I had a number of other teams ask us where we got our button machine because everyone liked our buttons! 

We became World Champions of the Control Award “Mastering Robot Intelligence” competing against 128 teams at Worlds representing 16 countries. We had a great year and your button machine helped our team be more visible with our buttons. So a big thank you!

Coach, FTC Team Axis 7187

Your Button Software Saved Us

Just received this email from our customer Chelsea.

Just wanted to say that the button design program you have on your website saved us! We had a few hundred to make (guest gift for our wedding) and were so lost until we went back too your site and found that. Great program, easy to use and machine works great! Thank you.

Chelsea is talking about our button design software available at The software is free to all of our customers and makes designing buttons a breeze.

Happy Customer Making Extra Money Selling Buttons

I purchase the button machine to make some extra money on my free time and I really love it. I like  to make stuff with my hands and the idea of making buttons was something that I like, so after making a search on google I found your web site and your machine looks great and also the price. So I purchase the machine it’s been great I have been making pins for baby showers  school projects and planing to make some themed pins for a local pharmacy.

Thank you!







What a great idea!

This post was written by Jill Atcheson of Style Snaps.

Style Snaps

What a great idea!

That’s often the response I hear the first time someone sees a StyleSnap for the first time. It’s fun to hear because the product was just born out of literally just that – ‘a great idea’. I started experimenting with fun ways to personalize my own scarf selection. With infinity scarfs and light weight scarves cropping up on nearly everyone during nearly every season, I wanted to find a way to add a little bling and customization. I figured something the size of a button, that wasn’t too big or too small, could add enough texture and contrast to stand out on a scarf without overpowering it. Then I discovered that fabric wrapped buttons would bring this idea to life allowing me to use different prints and colors to compliment my collection.

Button Biz was a great place to start experimenting with the pieces I needed. I started out by ordering a fabric button sample kit so I could learn which button types and sizes fit my needs. That helped me land on the perfect pieces I needed for the long run. The next part was figuring out logistics behind the button parts and the two magnet pieces that I needed to hold the front and back of my StyleSnap together. Through some experimentation, I found the perfect magnets that nuzzle in nicely to my Button Biz pieces. A few more modifications and an artist touch and a StyleSnap was born!

I started selling StyleSnaps through word of mouth and have literally sold them off of my scarves and jackets to people admiring them while I’m out. With some encouraging feedback, I started to explore retail outlets that might want to carry my product. StyleSnaps are now featured in several stores in my backyard here in Maryland and have been selling out nonstop! I also launched a website where customers can buy StyleSnaps online. I try to feature my best sellers and my inventory is usually one of a kind.

StyleSnaps have also continued to evolve from their original fabric wrapped buttons to now include flower embellished Snaps and even a new collection of metal Snaps. Ideas on how to use the StyleSnaps also continue to grow. Customers always come up with the best ideas and their feedback is helpful in allowing me to explore additional ideas and product lines. StyleSnaps can be worn with not only scarves but hats, blouses, pockets, coat labels, purses and even headbands!

Deca WrapRecently I started partnering with another local artist who makes Deca Wraps – these beautiful, handcrafted silk wraps that provide a splash of color in a feel-good design and feature “10 Ways to Wear It”. The Style Snaps are a perfect complimentary piece to the Deca Wraps that become both functional and fun to wear. We’ve started to showcase the products together and have gotten wonderful feedback.

It’s been a fun journey exploring just how to evolve a great idea into a small business adventure. I’m thankful I found the perfect combination of pieces, people and products to make my bucket list dream come true.

Visit my website: to browse my latest collection and watch videos on how to wear and use a Style Snap.

Fabric Buttons by Heim Binas

Turtle Fabric Button

One our customers graciously sent some examples of fabric buttons she has created. Below are a few of the buttons she has created. You can view more of her creations at Pinterest.   … [Continue reading]