A Beginners Guide to KAM Snaps

Looking for a quick and easy fastening? We have put together this super handy beginners guide to all things KAM snaps!

What are KAM Snaps?

KAM snaps are high quality plastic fasteners, the perfect alternative to sew on buttons and metal snaps. They are made from polyacetal resin which is extremely strong and Oekotex certified, which means they’re safe for children’s clothing. They come in different sizes and lots of different colours to match all kinds of fabrics and projects.

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What do we need to apply KAM snaps?

KAM Snaps do not require any sewing and are applied with a snap setting tool. The most popular are the KAM pliers, which come with different die sets to suit all KAM snap sizes, an adjusting screwdriver, a rod for different fitting scenarios and a plastic handled awl. The pliers are great for light use, however if you think you’ll get hooked and will be fitting lots of plastic snaps, we’d recommend the KAM press. 

What is a KAM press?

A KAM press is a professional snap press, which is compatible with all KAM snap shapes and sizes. It is a small but mighty desktop press and the die sets for the different size KAM snaps can be swapped and changed without any tools. If you’re looking to attach lots of KAM snaps with a snug professional finish, this is the one to go for.

How to use KAM snap pliers

Installing KAM snaps is easy and super quick. You will need 2 KAM snap caps, 1 stud (male) and 2 sockets (female).

Step 1: Pierce your fabric with an awl (Don’t worry, you get one of these included with your plier kit!)

Step 2: Place the point of one of the caps through the hole and place the male stud on top.

Step 3: Place in the KAM pliers making sure the cap is flush in the black sunken dish and squeeze the pliers well.

Step 4: Pierce through the other side of the fabric with the awl.

Step 5: Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the female part.

Woohoo! You have an attached KAM snap!

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Can you remove KAM snaps?

Yes you can! Over on the website we sell KAM snap removal pliers which are designed to cleanly remove KAM snaps from your projects. This is great if you want to reuse the KAM snaps on a project a little one has grown out of or maybe you’re upcycling! 

How to remove KAM snaps

Removing KAM snaps is really quick and easy. With the removal pliers you get the die sets to remove both the female and male sides of the snap. 

Step 1: Drop into the pliers the female or male die set, depending on which part of the KAM snap you’re removing.

Tightening the die set into the KAM removal pliers - step 2

Step 2: Tighten it up with the screwdriver provided in the pliers kit.

Step 3: Slot the installed KAM snap into the pliers so it is sitting flush in the die set.

Step 4: Squeeze the pliers until you hear a click, then the KAM snap should fall away from the project. 

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What kinds of projects can I use KAM snaps on?

We have tons of inspiration and tutorials using KAM snaps! Here are some of them:

Tutorial: Sew a Cot Bed Duvet Cover

How To: Make A Reversible Baby Bib –  Free Pattern And Video Tutorial

KAM Snaps for Cloth Nappy Fastenings

Where can I buy KAM snaps?

We sell lots of KAM products on our website:

If you are a complete beginner and need KAM pliers and snaps, there’s a special offer when they’re purchased together here.

We would love to see what you are making with KAM snaps over on the Plush Club on Facebook! Also don’t forget to follow us on all the socials @plushaddict

8 thoughts on “A Beginners Guide to KAM Snaps”

  1. Can you use kam snaps on stretchy fabric, i used metal snaps on hats for my grandchildren and the fabric pulled away from the snaps as it stretched. Would it do the same with kam snaps?

    1. Hi Liz

      We’ve used it on fold over elastic before and it’s been fine, just ensure they are reenforced properly and you should be fine!

      Thanks x

      1. Thank you for replying to my question. I’m sorry to sound thick but what do you mean by re enforced properly? Using stretch fabrics and snaps is all new to me so any help is appreciated. Thank you.

      2. Hi Liz, you don’t sound silly at all! All reinforcing means is having another layer (or two) of fabric on the snap prong to add some extra strength. I had a Google and some of the photos here probably make it a little clearer – there’s a small piece of fabric between the snap and the fabric https://myhappycrazylife.com/remove-kam-snap/ I hope that makes sense!

  2. What are the sizes in mm? I have looked everywhere and can’t see how big they are, just 16, 20 and 22. Thanks

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