Lots of bags use magnetic snaps. These pictures demonstrate the use of magnetic snaps using the "Girlfriend Bag" by Among Brenda's Quilts. Brenda graciously gave me permission to use her photos.
I plan to add some of the Among Brenda's Quilts bags to my shop, and I already have the Girlfriend Bag pattern on order. If you are interested in any particular patterns, let me know. Brenda has some great designs!
I don't have the snaps on my website yet, either (they're also on order). But if you're having trouble finding these or any bag hardware, let me know and I'll do my best to help you find what you need. I have a Handbag and Tote category on my website, and it will be expanding throughout the year.
One side, with the snap open.
Bag closure, shown open
You'll need ¾ inch magnetic snaps for this particular project. Dritz makes them.
You'll have a dot with two lines marked on each piece.
There are two ways to puncture the fabric. Using an awl does not cut the threads of the fabric....
...snipping along the two lines with sharp scissors is easier but it does cut the fabric. I usually snip.
Next I fold the vinyl in half and snip along the lines using my sharp scissors.
The vinyl gets placed over the snipped area...
...and a snap is pushed through the holes to the opposite side. In this case we are using an outsie.
The washer is placed over the arms of the magnet.
Then the arms are bend back using the ends of large scissors or a pair of pliers.
Repeat this procedure for the other fabric piece using an insie.
And presto you have completed a successful application!
thanks, i have been afraid to to them, i bought the pieces but it had no info with it
Great tutorial! I've saved it for later - I know I have those magnetic snaps around here somewhere.
Nice tutorial. I have't used them before.
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