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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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

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

 

Selling On Etsy-Getting involved in the Online Community

Now that you have your Etsy Store all setup from our last post and your 40 free listings, hopefully you’ve had a chance to add some items! Here are some ways you can utilize the tools that Etsy has to promote your stuff.

Etsy has a great sense of Community for an online selling market—no seriously, they are social beings who like to sell and buy things. With that, Etsy has some unique tools for promoting your items while socializing.

Left side is the follow button you can click on to follow others!

On the left side is the follow button you can click on to follow others!

Let’s get social! Etsy has followers system similar to twitter—you can follow users you like, or find the same things interesting. To add them to your followers list simply go to their main profile and click ‘follow’. By doing this you will see content they are adding to their favourites such as items and treasuries.
Why is this important? Think of it like a chain reaction. Someone favourites one of your items and everyone who is following them will see this. As a result, some others may also favourite the item, and by the chain reaction you can gain more ‘hearts,’ which increases visibility and popularity.

 

 

Meet your activity feed, you can see what others have fav'd and who is following you

Meet your activity feed, you can see what you and others have fav’d and who is following you

Another great way to promote your items on Etsy is a Treasury. Basically, a treasury is a collection of 16 items from Etsy sellers, which someone has curated into an appealing collection using a theme, colour or subject matter. The treasuries can then be viewed by other users who are browsing, and if you are lucky it will be ‘handpicked’ by an admin of Etsy to be featured on the home page! Buyers and Sellers alike can favourite or ‘heart’ the treasury just like they would with an item—as explained earlier, both users follows will see the heart in their activity feeds. Don’t forget to title your treasury with something interesting, add a description, and use up those keywords! On the main treasury page you will see what keywords are trending currently on Etsy, useful for your own treasury, or to inspire keyword ideas.

Image of the favourite button on Etsy

Click the heart to find your favourites!

Let’s talk more in depth about those favourites or ‘hearts’. Etsy has two favourite systems made up, one is the Shop Favourite. This allows a user to ‘heart’ your store and they will be shown as Admirer on your shop home page. Also they will be able to see in their activity feed when you post new items. Handy since they adore your shop! Next is the Favourite system, it is setup so that you can create a collection of items using whatever sorting method you like. It is similar to Treasuries but less restrictive; you can add as many items as you like and make it an ongoing process.
Why is this important? – The shop favourites are good for bragging rights and those people who just love your items; you definitely want them to be able to see when you post something new. The favourite collections aren’t critical to selling your goods, but it is fun to make collections and keep tabs on items you may want to purchase for yourself. As a side note, some people who follow users tend to like those who have interesting favourite collections!

Finally, the last thing I’d like to mention is the Teams on Etsy! This is where you can really get social and talk to others. There are thousands of teams you can join. They can be based on interests, country or region, goods, or just for promotion. I’d highly recommend you find a team or two that you visit and partake in regularly. You can ask others questions, pick their brains for ideas, or help with situations and just meets some awesome people.

One team I’d recommend you join is the Pinback Button Lovers of Etsy, a team for buyers and sellers of all sorts of buttons. You’ll find everyone there very helpful and friendly. Hope to see you there 🙂
– Bayleaf Buttons

Starting your own Button Making Business: With Etsy!

Etsy Logo

The term “Etsy” is a trademark of Etsy, Inc. ButtonBiz.com is not affiliated with Etsy, Inc.

Starting your own button business has never been easier, with Etsy.
Now that you have your button making machine, why not start selling your creations online?! You can easily create your own business! There are a few different online sites that will allow you to sell items such as Ebay, Shopify, DaWanda, and finally Etsy.

I’ve had success with Etsy – I recommend you give it a try. Now is the best time to open up your store because you can get 40 listings free (regularly listings are $0.20 each and last for 4 months). Sign up using my link, HERE.

I’ve chosen Etsy to focus on because it is a social and community based eCommerce site. You will find tons of opportunities to interact with other users, promote your goods, and most importantly, communicate with your customer. Conversations or ‘Convos,’ are the easiest way for buyers to ask sellers questions or request custom items. We’ll go deeper into this later-for now let’s stick to the basics of opening your Etsy shop.

Quick information about the fees associated with selling on Etsy; most sites will charge you something or a percentage. When you list an item it costs $0.20, and when you sell an item Etsy will charge you an additional fee of 3.5% of the item cost. Etsy now has direct deposit, to make things easier. You can setup a chequing/savings account to your Etsy account and any profits you make will be directly deposited, they do charge a fee for this service as well. If you prefer you can still use PayPal to receive funds.

Naming your shop on EtsyStep 1: Pick a shop name!
Come up with a shop name that you love, is easy to spell and remember, and a name you can grow with. You may start doing buttons but add more products in future. Think hard!

Etsy Screenshot: Listing an Item

Be unique, use short as well as specific keywords to help your products be found!

Step 2: List an item!
You can now list your first item, if you need to change this later, you can. Start by telling Etsy what category your button belongs in, what it relates to, and when it was made. You will then want to add in your pricing. Setting shipping rates for different countries is easy

and any variations available. This is a newer feature to Etsy, you can now have multiple items

with different pricing under listings, for example, I have put pinback buttons and keychains. You can then go on to add other variations like colour, sizes, and create your own. Add a title for your listing.

Think of titles a searching tool for search engines and Etsy- you’ll want to add in extra info so it can be found easily. Most importantly, add in your photograph of your product; include a coin/ruler to show the size. Don’t forget to fill out the description with information about your Etsy Screenshot: Setting Shipping Chargesbutton, the size and maybe even a little about your process. Make sure to use all 13 keywords to have your buttons found on Etsy. Think outside the box, be creative! Finally, add the quantity available for the users to buy, and the shipping information.

 
Step 3:  Getting Paid!
Etsy has different payment methods you can use. You will need to fill out some banking information for Etsy to be able to direct deposit right into your chequing/debit account. You can use Direct Deposit. Make sure to check with your bank, if there would be any extra fees associated with this. Or you can click the ‘Other Payment Options’ button and the choices are Paypal, Money Order, Personal Cheque, Other. Whatever methods you choose always make sure you’ve received the payment prior to shipping an order.

Step 4: Billing!
As discussed earlier Etsy will charge you listings fees and transaction fees so you’ll need a credit card in order to pay for them.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with Etsy’s Terms of Use; as they have specific rules about what you can sell and other important information you should know.

Step 5: Tell your buyers about yourself!
open1x8If you look in the top right hand corner you’ll see ‘Shop Settings,’ click on that and it will take you to a page that shows your public profile. In that space you can tell your buyers a little about yourself. The ‘Info & Appearance’ tab is where you can upload a shop banner, link Twitter & Facebook, create a welcome message for customers and include a thank you message to your buyers!
Next is the Shop Policies, this is the spot to be detailed and inform your customers about key things:

  •     Payment Policies – Custom orders could require a deposit, or you only ship items when you’ve received the payment.
  • Shipping – If you only ship on Fridays, or you ship every day, let them know! Also, you could let them know how you are shipping their goods with USPs or Canada Post.
  •     Refunds & Exchanges –How you will handle refunds or exchanges. Does the customer pay the return shipping to exchange an item? Or perhaps refunds will only be given if items are damaged/defective.

You’ve also got a spot at the bottom to put any additional information, like contact info.
Finally you have Shop Sections, this allows you to divide up your store however you like. You can sort your products by theme, size or just keep custom options separate.

Step 6: Open your store!
Go ahead and make your store live! Be patient it takes time to get lots of sales and views to your store.

Next post I’ll focus on using Etsy’s social tools to get you noticed, more traffic and learn more about all Etsy has to offer you.
Any questions, need a bit of help, feel free to Convo me on Etsy! @BayleafButtons