Fabric Button Tufted Headboard

DIY FABRIC BUTTON TUFTED HEADBOARD WITH BUTTONS FROM BUTTON BIZ

We received an email from a customer that has finished a custom upholstered headboard using our Size 45 Fabric Buttons – Loop Back. Her project was a tufted headboard completed with fabric buttons from Button Biz. She says:

My project turned out great. I did a tufted headboard. Here are some photos for you.

The only tip I have is that I used a heavier upholstery grade fabric. So, when I went to make the buttons I found that I needed to use a rubber mallet to ensure they were secure.  This was especially important because I knew the tufting process would put stress on the finished buttons.  I found that it was easiest to set up the button, put the plastic button making tool on top, hold it in place with a flat putty knife and then tap it with the rubber mallet until secure.  It must be a rubber mallet, because a regular hammer would bend the buttons.  There was a slight learning curve to this and I smashed one of the button making tools before I figured out what worked best. I am glad that I ordered two button making tools so I had a spare one on hand!.  I would definitely use these again for future projects.

 

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Button Collection!

Buttons are not just a novelty they are a physical representation of your cause, your brand and your social ideas!

Photos of Crysta's button collectionIf you’ve ever questioned whether or not buttons or a button maker would be a good investment, people will keep the pins long after an event and remember your cause or brand–we’ve got the answer. They will! We had the pleasure of borrowing Crysta’s button collection (our 1” Button Guru here at BB!). These are from Canada mostly and we decided to highlighted a few interesting ones…

Collection of buttons, Elmer's Glue & South Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority Bottom Left: Elmer and I never forget button – Elmer the safety elephant mascot was an attempt to teach young children street and road safety. The character began in 1947, in Toronto. The illustration you see was done by Charles Thorson.
Next to the Elmer’s pin, we have the South Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority which started around 1951 in order to, well, conserve. Mostly water!

Vote Carly Button from SCI HighschoolSCI’s SAC BALLOT button – This one is from Crysta’s time at high school when her friend Carly was running for class president

Canada’s fitweek 1988 pinback button Canada’s fitweek 1988 button – As the button says, it was held on May 20th 1988 by Fitness Canada. 7.5 Million Canadians nationwide participated.

Let’s Talk Jerky & Federal Express Olympics buttonTop Right: Let’s Talk Jerky! button – We’re not sure of the origins of this one but we are sure that they wanted to talk to you all about jerky 🙂 Mmmm…Bottom Right: Federal Express Olympics button – Always interesting to see a big brand’s progression from one name to another. This was for the 1988 Olympics before Federal Express rebranded to FedEx!
Top middle: Anyone else remember KMart?

Red Rocket Button & OthersTop Left: Ride the Red Rocket Toronto button – Did you know Toronto, Canada has a huge streetcar network? It started way back in the 1860s with horse drawn carriages and quickly grew to electric powered streetcars. This button makes memory of the beloved red rockets.

Buttons are like diamonds, with proper care they can last forever. Keeping your cause, brand or social idea in mind-decades later!!
Tips:

  • Keeping them from getting rusty by avoiding unnecessary moisture
  • Keep out of direct sunlight to avoid your colours bleaching
  • For the button maker, start with good quality materials like ButtonBiz parts, acid free paper and high quality inks
    All these will help with the longevity of your pins!

So do you have a button collection, what is your favourite? Share in the comments below!! 🙂
– Megan // Bayleaf Buttons

Button Making At Your School – Ideas and Tips!

 

The new school year is full swing! You’ve never had a better excuse to add a button maker to your school. Button makers are affordable; they last a lifetime, and will be the buzz in the student activities office. With buttons you can fundraise for your school or class trips, promote your schools sports teams, and raise school spirit!

Teacher looking at button making systems from Buttonbiz.com

 

Think about it!! Try some of these ideas:

  • Generate buzz within your school, have a design contest to get students involved. Once the winner has been chosen, make that button available for sale and fundraise for your school!
  • Offer custom buttons for parents whose children are doing exceptionally well on a team or in academics. Encourage parental pride!
  • Students attending off campus competitions can easily be recognized with your school’s logo on a large button.
  • Charge students a small fee for making custom buttons to promote their candidacy while running for student council.
  • Make a special line of buttons for the big football game, encourage school spirit, and give a lasting memento from the game for years to come.
  • Team up with your favourite local charity, sell buttons to fundraise for them and add your schools moto or mascot to the buttons. It’ll encourage charitable giving while showing the local community you care.
  • Buttons make a great keepsake for graduating students; they’ll look back on the pins fondly.
  • Give your honor roll students a reward; make a customized button just for them. They will know that are grades important and feel appreciated at the same time!
  • Having Staff or Parent volunteers wearing a button can make it easier for others to identify them!
    Picture of buttons reading Parent Liaison, ASK ME!

    Example of some ‘Ask Me’ Buttons, great to use for parent volunteers or teachers-Easily get conversations going with the help from buttons!

These are just a handful of ideas that you can use…your school’s creativity is the limit.
Button Biz has a great selection of button making systems to suit your school’s needs, check them out here!

 

Till next time!
– Megan // Bayleaf Buttons

 

Making Custom Buttons At Fairs

A couple days ago, we received a nice message from Eileen at the Central Florida Parent Center. Her organization has been making buttons for a couple years. They recently purchased a second machine to keep up with demand. Here is her story.


 

This is our second button machine from button-biz.flywheelsites.com and yes, it works great!  We used them both over the weekend at two different events, both related to children with disabilities.  We made (free) buttons for the kids with their names on them, and the kids (and parents too!) thought it was like magic how that machine could turn their names into buttons!

Several people asked, “Where would I get a machine like that?” and I said “Buttonbiz.com!”

Excellent product!

Nathaniel’s Hope Make ‘m Smile

This was at the Nathaniel’s Hope Make ‘m Smile event in Orlando, FL. There were over 25,000 people there and we made about 450 individualized buttons for children with disabilities and their families in about four hours!

This is the sign that was on the table and a few samples for buttons.

Button Sign

This was what the crowd around that table was like, most of the day!

Crowd Making Buttons

We also had a booth at the Family Café Conference in Orlando and had a second button-maker there.

Re-Upholstered Antique Armchairs

We received a kind note and some photos from a customer. This customer purchased the Size 30 – Loop Back Buttons to use for a reupholstery project.

I am very satisfied with the buttons I bought on your website. I will definitely continue shopping on your website. I have attached few pictures of the first of four identical antique armchairs I inherited when my grand father passed away. I will slowly re-upholsterer all of them.

Andrea B.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Fabric Button Magnet Tutorial

For Valentine’s Day last year, Jess over at Craftiness is not Optional posted a great idea.

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d post a link to her fabric button magnet tutorial. Fabric covered magnets are great for refrigerators – it looks a little better than the two year old calendar you got from your realtor.

Fabric Covered Button Magnets