Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easy, Safe Toddler Pillow with Case Tutorial- KAM Snaps Review and Giveaway!

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I have heard great things about the Snap Pliers offered by KAM Snaps! Whether you are converting your old, worn out, velcro cloth diapers to snaps or creating a fun new project... snap pliers make the job a snap (no pun intended)!

I was pleased when KAM Snaps offered me a pair of their pliers and a set of snaps for review. The pliers come with cap dies for applying 3 different size star snaps and a screwdriver (for assembly and cap removal). Pliers also come with a 2nd quality awl or a 1st quality awl can be purchased separately for $3.50. At first I was a bit intimidated by the pliers, but once I read the instructions I realized it was rather simple. The hardest part is making sure your fabric is the right thickness for the snap size you are using. I suggest practicing before starting any new project.

It is exciting how many projects you can create using polyresin plastic snaps! Here is one I created. I hope you find it helpful....

Easy, Safe Toddler Pillow with Case Tutorial

Do your toddlers love to pull pillowcases off pillows? Mine sure do! This can create problems...first, it is annoying, second, it is NOT safe! If your child is alone in bed and happens to put that loose pillowcase over his head, you have real trouble!! Here is an easy solution to make those pillows safe and keep pillowcases where they belong (on the pillows).

First step- If you are wanting a toddler size pillow for your little one, simply take any standard size pillow and cut in half. This equals two perfect sized toddler (or travel) pillows. I did a zig zag stitch along the outer edge to close pillows.

2 toddler pillows made from one old pillow. Upcycling is cool!

Lay pillow on fabric. I bought 1 1/4 yards which will make 2 toddler size
pillowcases with a little extra to spare.

Cut around pillow leaving 1 1/2 to 2 inches seam allowance.

It will seem a bit long, but this is good. You will need the extra length when it
comes time to create the finished edge at the pillow case opening.

With right sides facing in, pin at sides. The end with the fabric fold can be
left as is and the pillow case opening stays open.

Strait stitch sides. I used the 3/8 measure on my machine for this project.

After sewing each side seam, I then zig zagged fabric along edge to keep from unraveling.

With pillowcase inside out, turn under opening 1 inch. Repeat. You want your pillow case opening to be double thickness to ensure snap success. Using snaps on fabric that is too thin will result in snaps that will not function. You do NOT want this to happen as snap removal is not easy! Now, sew around edge twice. I sewed two rows about 1/4 inch apart.

Your pillowcase is now complete and you are ready for your snaps!
I used size 20 snaps for this project.

Using your awl poke a small hole where you would like to add your snap. I wanted a row of 4 snaps across this pillow case. I added my first snap about 2 inches from the edge and centered it between the two seams. This ensured snap placement at thickest point in fabric.

To the hole I added a snap cap and stud. With pliers I squeezed the two together. You don't have to squeeze that hard. It really is simple and fast! After this I aligned the fabric to make sure the second half of the snap would line up. I added another hole, cap and the socket. Pressing once more, I now had a working snap!

Here is the completed edge with 4 snap sets.
*Click to see up close*

The finished product is a safe, cuddly pillow for your little guy (or gal)!!!


KAM Snaps offer a huge variety of snap colors as well as an extensive line of engraved snaps, including Ooga Booga and heart & star shapes! They offer snap pliers, snap presses, fabrics and more! They offer free shipping on US orders of at least $28 and on most Canadian orders of at least $32.

For those of you who are completely new to snaps, pliers, or presses they have an intro to Snaps section with everything you need to know! Click here. Don't forget to check out their tutorial page for step-by-step projects including bumGenius and gDiaper snap conversions!



WIN IT: KAM Snaps is giving one Happily Domestic reader a pair of snap pliers! $27 Value. Follow the rules and comment below to enter contest! Don't forget- KAM Snaps holds a give away for a free set of pliers for every 100 new Facebook fans & Twitter followers. For every 1,000 they give away a snap press! You can also enter giveaways on their site! Click here.


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Giveaway ends Sunday, May 1st at 8:00 p.m.(MST). Winner will be drawn by the random number generator at Random.org and will be notified by email. Winner will also be announced on this blog. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

*This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years old or older WORLDWIDE!!*

Thank you to KAM Snaps who provided me with the products for review free of charge. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received to conduct this review and giveaway.

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173 comments:

Stacy said...

I hate zippers. and LOVE snaps. I SO NEED this.

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Amanda said...

I have a ton of diapers that I might want to try to switch over to snaps. I like the stars the best, but I'd probably just get white ones for my diapers. :)

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The Westphals said...

I have a little one who LOVES to take off pillow cases and never thought to use these!

I love the Oooga Booga snaps and so would she!

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Amanda Sikes said...

I would choose white as I have lots and lots of diapers and crafts that need snaps so I would order a huge lot of white. Matches everything that way!

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jill peel said...

The Ooga Booga snaps are great!
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April G said...

I like the Apple Green snaps!

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L. Heath said...

Love their bright celery colour!
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Christina said...

I love the gd milk chocolate color! Looks so yummy!!

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Andrea said...

My favorite color is red, but the teddy bears are pretty cute too.

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Good Old Days Family Farm said...

I think eggnog is my favorite snap color. alinajoydubois (at) netscape (dot) net

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I like the purple snaps!

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since I am having a boy, i pick b20 as my fave color snap

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wildcat32 said...

My favorite is Sage Gray.

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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

My favorite color snap is B56.
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*MeandMineinaSmallTown said...

I like the green butterfly on this page. http://www.kamsnaps.com/Plastic-Snaps/Engraved-Snaps/Engraved-Snaps-p121.html


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Mrs.Smitty said...

I love the Daisy and Dragonfly Engraved Snaps!
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ellz82 said...

Wow, I would love to try snaps with my cloth diapers but can also use them for many other projects. I LOVE the teal ooga booga snaps for my son and white for everything else
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Katie S said...

I visited KAM Snaps and my favorite color snap is the F Raspberry! Pretty!

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Felicia said...

My favorite snap color is the purple stars.
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ambluedog said...

I like the BG Moonbeam
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mrsweiss said...

my fav colors are b36 and b40
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Michelle said...

My favorite is white, just because it is so versatile. Thanks for the chance to win!
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CraftyMama said...

I like the hot pink color. Thanks for the great tutorial on the pillow, I really need to make one for my toddler son!

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Charlotte said...

went to kamsnap.com and my fave is the seaspray! I hope I win!

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I liked them on facebook and told them you sent me :) Now pretty please?!

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Melanie said...

I love that they have snaps to match cloth diapers! I love the BG Clementine!
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Nicola said...

I like bg moonbeam

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Josefine said...

I like the BG Zinnia snaps.

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NatureLovingMama said...

I like white because it will go with any color or project.

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i love all the blues! Especially B58
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