You’ve finished designing your buttons but did you think about what the back of your will be? Most people choose the traditional pin-back style because that is what most people are familiar with, however there is more than just one way to wear a button.
The traditional pin back button can be pinned or fastened to a shirt (typically) using a safety pin style mechanism. The first design for a pin-back button came out in 1896 when Whitehead & Hoag sent in a patent that allowed buttons to be pinned to ones shirt lapels rather than sewn to the shirt or worn as a pendant. Pin-backs are quite sturdy and stay put where ever you pin them, the only downside is you get those pesky holes where the pin goes through.
One way to combat holes in your clothing made by the pins is to use a magnet on the back. This small, but powerful magnet is a great backing option for larger and heavier buttons that may even rip clothing if they were to be attached with a pin. Magnets are also a great choice if the buttons are going to be recycled between uses or between people. With multiple designs that are being switched out constantly so there aren’t dozens of holes being poked through your clothing.
Another way you can prevent the holes by the pins are bulldog clips. The clip is attached to the back of the button and is similar to those on ID badges. These clips can easily be attached to the lapel of your shirt or lanyard.
The downside to choosing a back that is not the standard pin back is the cost. The magnets and bulldog clips are a little more expensive, however it can save your shirt from becoming holy.