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JABC - Beau & Belle Snow Tuffets Pattern PDF
February 13, 2021

New Pattern: Beau & Belle Snow Tuffets

It Began with a Snowman

If you were following Just Another Button Company in 2011, you'll remember the crazy ambitious idea we had to celebrate our 15th year in business with "15 Fabulous Pincushions."  We were 15 and Fabulous, and we did it, starting with Jabco the Snowman.

JABC - Jabco the Snowman Pincushion

Over the years since, we published over 50 wool pincushion patterns--all carefully written so all sewers can successfully make the pincushions, even beginners without a machine.

Now flash forward to 2021--our 25th year in business.  We've been making plans for wild and wonderful projects and celebrations.  It's a big deal for a small business to make it to year 25, right?  At the beginning of January, we updated our website and social media with a new logo and prepared to jump into the plans feet first.

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JABC - Take Heart Tin, Love Notes
February 06, 2021

#MakeSomeHappy: Take Heart Tin, LOVE NOTES

Valentine's Day is perfect reason to add creative color inside while the weather is  gray and gloomy outside.  Find some inspiration  in our Love Notes Take Heart Tin.

#MakeSomeHappy with a Button Spill

Spill the Love Notes buttons on a plate to brighten a table or work space in an instant.  We found the little felted wool hearts at Benzie Designs. They add extra dimension, and you know how we love buttons and wool together.
JABC - Love Notes Spill

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First Look:  January Button Lover's Club
January 01, 2021

First Look: January Button Lover's Club

It was love at first frost.

While brainstorming for the January Take Heart Tin: Love Notes, we hit on the idea of combining Valentine's Day and snow people.  We're all crazy about the cute couple these two new buttons make, but still haven't hit on the right names...

Crystal and Clark?

Flurry and Frosty?

Help us give them names so we can reveal the rest of the buttons in this darling tin! Comment below or on social media with your suggestion for names.

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New Chart:  Not a Creature Was Stirring
December 11, 2020

New Chart: Not a Creature Was Stirring

"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."  The beloved poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore, is full of Christmas imagery, and this line is a favorite.

Way back in 2009 we made a sleeping mouse button for Art to Heart's I Believe book Now, at least a dozen batches later, the sleeping mouse button became the star of Not a Creature was Stirring.  Shhh...he's sleeping.

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New Pattern:  Merry Tidings Banner
December 07, 2020

New Pattern: Merry Tidings Banner

Merry Tidings Banner glows with Christmas spirit. A candle wreathed by holly and berries--it's the new banner pattern from Tammy Tutterow.  The mini banner measures 6" x 6" and features buttons from the November 2020 Button Lover's Club: Take Heart Tin + Sprinkler Merry Tidings.

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First Look: Pin Lover's Club
November 28, 2020

First Look: Pin Lover's Club

It's time to Be Jolly!

The new pincushion for Pin Lover's Club is cute and quick -- and guaranteed to generate lots of holiday happiness.

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JABC - Fall Square to Stitch or Sew
November 04, 2020

#MakeSomeHappy: Fall Square to Stitch or Sew

#makesomehappy

That's our motto as we ship handmade and hand-dyed buttons for the projects that keep hands busy and hearts happy-- #makesomehappy.

Lots of people are uncovering UFO's or treasured patterns saved for a rainy day, but if you are ready for something new, here's a sweet Fall Square that's simple enough to make for gifts and it's button-able -- maybe even from your stash.

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JABC - Pin Lover's Club
October 24, 2020

First Look: November Pin Lover's Club

As Fall in the Midwest moves toward November and leaves fade to warm golds and browns, it's fun to spot unexpected touches of color.  Blue pumpkins at the market started us thinking about adding a teal-y blue flower to the November Pin-Mini. We chose the orange and teal wildflower pins first, then made a special pumpkin with the same touches of black.  They became Give Thanks--the November Pin-Mini.  

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Free Pattern:  Itsy Bitsy Spider Spoolkeep
October 16, 2020

Free Pattern: Itsy Bitsy Spider Spoolkeep

Trick or Treat? 

It's a treat -- a free pattern!  Make an instant Halloween Pincushion with our Itsy Bitsy Spider Spoolkeep instructions! 

You might find everything you need in your stash, but if not, most of the supplies are available on our website.  Look for the ribbon and the chenille stems at your local craft store.

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First Look: September Pin Lover's Club
October 11, 2020

First Look: September Pin Lover's Club

 

The September pin-mini is Change of Seasons. With sunflower, pear and acorn pins, we're reminded that Autumn is still a season for harvest. 

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New Pattern: Family Gathering Banner
September 27, 2020

New Pattern: Family Gathering Banner

Gather leaves and flowers in a clay pot to celebrate nature's beauty.  The new pattern, Family Gathering Banner, beautifully interprets this image in wool applique. This sweet mini banner measures 6" x 9" and features buttons from the September 2020 Button Lover's Club: Take Heart Tin + Sprinkler Family Gathering.

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Button Lover's Club--Take Heart Tin, Family Gathering
September 14, 2020

Button Lover's Club--Take Heart Tin, Family Gathering

Button Lover's Club is inspired by Autumn and thoughts of the coming Thanksgiving holiday.  The buttons are packaged in a sweet metal tin customized for the club.  Peek through the clear lid to see the handmade button collection for September's FAMILY GATHERING. Give the tin a little shake to hear the satisfying sound of the dozens of beautiful buttons inside!

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JABC - Candy Corn Pixie, Take Heart Tin
August 24, 2020

Button Lover's Club: Take Heart...More Button Zen

 

Last week's BE WELL Button Zen Garden made me feel creative in a whole new way.  I was playing with buttons (always make me happy) and discovered that a button spill can be the center of attention at the same time it ties together a simple vignette.

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JABC - BE WELL Button Lover's Club
August 18, 2020

Inspiration: Button Zen

At JABC, we often find ourselves using "Be Well" to close messages and conversations with friends and neighbors--a sign of the times.  The sentiment inspired our Button Lover's Club box in May. 

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Inspiration:  Make-It-Simple Spoolkeep
August 15, 2020

Inspiration: Make-It-Simple Spoolkeep

Life is complicated--sometimes it's good to simplify. 
Occasionally a Pin Lover's Club friend asks for an alternative to the pincushion pattern we send.  This is our all-time favorite--glue a felted wool ball to a wooden spool then add a bit of ribbon.  We call it a spoolkeep.
Here we've arranged a small display for the spoolkeep --a black plate, tiny black frame, and a scattering of buttons and shells.  So simple!

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New Collection: Just-for-Fun Button Mixes
August 11, 2020

New Collection: Just-for-Fun Button Mixes

Perfect for Fall and Halloween stitching, you'll love these mixed packs!. We're calling this new collection Just-for-Fun because you won't need a new pattern or chart to use the buttons.

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First Look: August Pin Lover's Club and Exclusive Mini-Pinnie Pattern!
July 28, 2020

First Look: August Pin Lover's Club and Exclusive Mini-Pinnie Pattern!

"I can leave the sea, but the sea never leaves me." Whether you remember a seaside visit of the past or dream of one yet to come, August's Pin Lover's Club  trio and the Sea Star Mini-Pinnie will have you hearing waves and smelling salt air.

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New Pattern: Pumpkin Bouquet Banner
July 17, 2020

New Pattern: Pumpkin Bouquet Banner

A pastel pumpkin crowned with fall posies in orange, purple, and green -- it's our idea of the perfect fall centerpiece. The new pattern, Pumpkin Bouquet Banner, beautifully interprets this image in wool applique. This sweet mini banner measures 6" x 8" and features buttons from the new Button Lover's Club: Take Heart Tin + Sprinkler Pumpkin Bouquet.

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Free Pincushion Printable: Red, White and Blue-tiful
June 29, 2020

Free Pincushion Printable: Red, White and Blue-tiful

If you have been with us for a while, you'll remember an earlier Button Lover's Club that included a small card featuring the hand-lettered art of Tammy Tutterow. One of our favorites from the series, Red, White and Blue-tiful was--and still is-- a perfect tribute to the month of July.  Now this blast from the past is reimagined as a pincushion!

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Button Lover's Club--new Take Heart Tin!
June 25, 2020

Button Lover's Club--new Take Heart Tin!

Button Lover's Club has a fresh new look--now packaged in a sweet metal tin.  Peek through the clear lid to see the handmade button collection for July 2020--Pumpkin Bouquet.  Give the tin a little shake to hear the satisfying sound of the dozens of beautiful buttons inside!

Read on for more details, photos, and a video introduction!

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First Look: July Pin Lover's Club and Exclusive Mini-Pinnie Pattern!
June 23, 2020

First Look: July Pin Lover's Club and Exclusive Mini-Pinnie Pattern!

Hey Pin Lover's Club members, its time to party! Our July Pin Lover's Club collection is all about fun and celebration! Party Animal is the newest exclusive Mini-Pinnie for Pin Lover's Club. The appliqué pincushion features a friendly little owl decked out in her favorite party hat. In her wing, a trio of festive balloon pins!

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Free Chart with Button Pack Purchase: Reach for the Stars
June 12, 2020

Free Chart with Button Pack Purchase: Reach for the Stars

JABC's Chief Stitcher and resident Queen of Buttons, Colleen Spudich inspired this updated version of a classic chart. The design is easy to customize by choosing your floss to personalize the color of the gowns, cords and tassels. The chart is free when you purchase the coordinating Reach for the Stars button pack and is perfect for honoring your favorite 2020 grad!

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Wool Resources and FAQs
June 05, 2020

Wool Resources and FAQs

You may have noticed, we love working with wool!  The delicious colors and non-ravely edges make it one of our design favorites. Plus the texture of wool against  our handmade and hand-dyed buttons is a match made in crafting heaven!

With every new wool appliqué pattern release, we are asked about our sources. You'll find a few of the most frequently asked questions in this helpful article.

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Free Pattern with Purchase: A Little More Love Pin-Mini
May 30, 2020

Free Pattern with Purchase: A Little More Love Pin-Mini

The warm days of spring are finally here and we're digging in our gardens and filling our porches with pots of sweet blooms. Bring some of that Spring indoors too with our Pot Full of Posies pincushion. This fun pattern is free when you order a  A Little More Love Pin-mini set!

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