What’s in a name? Get to know our Sprinkles, Snack, Smoothie, and Party Packs

With 35 colors of hand-dyed buttons we give you have lots of creative possibilities for adding buttons to your projects. Now multiply that by 50, because those 35 colors of buttons are available in over 50 different shapes and sizes. That is a lot of options!

If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry, we have simplified things by offering all 35 colors and 50 styles in four different serving sizes!

Sprinkles Pack

JABC Sprinkles Pack - Lemon Drop

Sprinkles packs are just what the name implies, fun micro-mini buttons that are like button funfetti! Each pack contains 35+ buttons in an assortment of 8 different styles in a matte finish. The small size of Sprinkles make them perfect for accenting embroidery, cross stitch, and papercraft projects.

Snack Pack

JABC Snack Pack - Lemon Drop

Snack Packs are a snack size serving of buttons. Each Snack Pack includes 8 buttons in two different finishes- a pearl and a matte translucent. The pack is perfect for a project or two that calls for coordinating buttons.

Fans of Joan Hawley’s Lazy Girl Designs Button Boats will love Snack Packs!  One pack contains enough buttons for two boats!

Smoothie Pack

JABC Smoothie Pack - Lemon Drop

Smoothie Packs get their name from their wonderful matte finish. Each Smoothie Pack includes 25 buttons 5 sizes that vary in size from 3/16″ – 1″. Cotton and wool appliqué enthusiasts love Smoothies for the matte finish.

Party Pack

JABC Party Pack - Lemon Drop

Party Packs are a button party in a box! With 55 buttons in a pack in a variety of flavors styles, there are plenty to share among many different projects! Styles and sizes vary in each pack but include matte, pearl, and translucent finishes.

Fun Facts about JABC hand-dyed buttons-

  • Shade variations produced by dyeing provide handmade appeal.
  • We start with white, polyester buttons, then hand-dye them in 35 different color collections (15 fresh colors, 15 organic colors, and 5 neutrals).
  • Hand-dyed buttons can be machine washed and are suitable for clothing projects. (Do not iron the buttons.)
  • Our hand-dyed buttons can be machine stitched.

No matter the project you have in mind, we are confident that one of our button packs will have the buttons you need!

How to copy a pattern for wool appliqué

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

There are so many different ways and types of projects to use our handmade clay buttons and pins. One of our favorites is wool appliqué pincushions. If you are new to wool appliqué, you may not know where to start. We make that easy by offering several different project kits and printable patterns that include step-by-step instructions.  Over the next several weeks, we would like to share some of our favorite tips for wool appliqué. With these tips you will be stitching wool appliqué pincushions like a pro!

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

The first tip today is all about how to copy the pattern design to use on wool. Since wool is thick, you can’t trace your pattern directly onto it.  It can also be inconvenient to pin paper patterns to, especially when pattern pieces are small.  Thanks to a supply you may already have in your kitchen, copying the pattern pieces is super easy!

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Cut a piece of freezer paper the size of your pattern. Place the freezer paper shiny side down. Use a pencil to trace the pattern onto the freezer paper. The freezer paper is translucent enough that you should be able to see the pattern outline without the help of a lightbox.

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Cut the pattern pieces out leaving a bit of extra space around each one.

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Place the pattern piece onto the wool shiny side down. Iron the pattern piece with a dry iron on the wool setting. The heat will temporarily bond the freezer paper onto the wool.

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Cut out the piece along the pencil line. Peel the pattern piece off the wool.  It is that simple!

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Place your pieces on your base fabric, stitch, and finish according to your pattern directions.

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

We may be partial, but think the fun step comes next… adding the fun touches like handmade buttons…

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

and handmade pins! After all, what is a cute pincushion without cute pins?

Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion | Just Another Button Company

Are you curious about this fun pincushion pattern? It is our Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion Pattern. In addition to patterns, we have a very limited number of kits available also. The Carrot Tuft Pillow Pincushion Kit includes the pattern, wool, buttons, pins, filler, and even the freezer paper! (Please note: kits are limited and will not be restocked when sold out.)

We hope you loved this quick tip tutorial. We would love to hear what types of tips you would like to see more of. Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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Behind the Seams with Fat Quarter Shop and Just Another Button Company

We were on the road this week on a fun adventure and would love to share a bit of it with you!

This past week we visited Fat Quarter headquarters in Texas! Part of our trip included sitting down with Kimberly from FQS and chatting with her about our history, how we make our hand-dyed and handmade buttons, and even sharing a bit about what crafts we enjoy.

If you missed the live-stream yesterday, you can watch below.  We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about us!

Back to Buttons

 

We’ve come full circle. Rather appropriate for a button company, right?

Twenty one years ago Just Another Button Company launched a tiny company in answer to a designer’s question.  “Can you make enough buttons to sell to the shops that carry my cross stitch charts?”  We bravely (or blindly, perhaps) said “Yes, we can!”

 

 

Fortune smiled on us as we added talented craftspeople to our team.  We found friendly voices to handle the phone and steady hands to slice and drill the buttons.  A building was found—and filled—and as we made button after button, more designers found us.  There are now over 5000 published designs in the needleart and crafts industries that call for our buttons.  That’s 5000+ different patterns that you may have in your stash to make someday—and we still carry the button pack!

Twenty years of making buttons evolved into making more buttons… and Just Pins… and pincushions… and patterns—all in the name of adapting to the market.  We began to say “At Just Another Button Company, we are MORE than just buttons.”  Change is good!

At the start of 2016, my children, with spouses and their children, gathered at the same little table I used long ago as a work space for my new button hobby.  We played with clay and I told them I wanted to share pictures with my button friends as a way of celebrating our 20th anniversary in business.  The kids grew up with the button company and each had their own memories.  I was determined to mark the occasion with a blog post at least.  (Yes, there is Play Doh in some of the photos, and no, we don’t use Play Doh to make buttons.)

 

And then life happened.  We learned that my friend Theresa Stelter had passed away, leaving the future uncertain for her Hillcreek Designs hand-dyed button company.  Our friends Janice and Janet promised to keep the business going in California, and Rachel and I became long-distance owners of another busy button company.  Thoughts of celebrating an anniversary were pushed back by trips across country to learn to dye buttons, sort through paperwork and inventory, and to plan an eventual move.

By April 2017, over 5000 pounds of buttons, dyes and supplies had been relocated to Illinois.  JABC made space for a dye room in our already full building and we added our own twist to colors and packaging.  Customers of both JABC and Hillcreek Designs have been very kind as we’ve polished product lines and ironed out the never-ending bookkeeping issues.

The 20th anniversary celebration of 2016 never happened, but that’s okay.  Sometimes life makes us re-evaluate plans—and sometimes the results are really good.  We are delighted to offer both handmade and hand-dyed buttons, and appreciate the trust put in us by Hillcreek Designs.  Here’s Hillcreek’s lovely Janice with us at Quilt Market.  We make a great team!

 

 

At Just Another Button Company, 21 years later, we are Back to Buttons.  Thanks for being a fan, a consumer, a designer, a shop, or a distributor.  We appreciate every one of you!

 

Happy Buttoning!

 

Roll With It

Hello Button Lovers!

The month of August brought beautiful ocean buttons! And as a perfect companion, the Button Lover’s Club box included this clever design by Cathy at Hands On Design!

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The original “Roll with It” was designed for counted cross stitch BUT we are also making a stitchery pattern available for those who do not cross stitch.

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Where to get the stitchery version.

You can download the drawing for this design here.

Trace this pattern onto canvas, linen or cotton using a light box. Stitch the words using a stem stitch. We used Weeks Dye Works floss (Lagoon and Islamorada). The waves are drawn on the fabric to help you later, you do not need to stitch along those lines. The instructions for tracing and CUTTING the waves are in the cross stitch chart.

We hope you enjoy this project AND your new Ocean buttons!

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