Have you been eyeing off some of my premium bag and clutch sewing patterns? Magnetic snaps add a professional look to your bag and purse projects and are so simple to apply.
How to Insert Magnetic Snaps
- Magnetic snap
- Scrap of thick fusible interfacing (around 3/4”x3/4”)
- Optional – fray stop solution
- Seam ripper, Exacto knife or small sharp scissors
Break up your magnetic snap into the 4 pieces. You will see you have a male, female and 2 circular washer disks with holes in them. Usually the male part will be on the flap of a purse and the female will be on the body.
Make sure you have cut out your bag pieces and added the interfacing specified in the pattern before you start. If your piece still feels a bit thin iron your scrap of fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric in the position you would like the magnet. When your bag is finished you don’t want to feel the legs of the magnet through the fabric.
On the right side of the fabric place your circular disk in the position you would like the magnet and mark the rectangular lines on either side.
Using your seam ripper, knife or sharp scissors, cut along your marked lines. Try not to overcut. The fusible interfacing usually stops the cuts from fraying but if you have a fabric which frays badly you could add a couple of drops of Fray Stop to each cut.
On the right side of the fabric push the legs of one piece of magnet through the holes. If your fabric still feels a bit thin you may want to add a scrap of fabric or additional interfacing to add thickness.
At the back put the disk through the legs. Push the legs to the outside. You need strong fingers to do this! If you are going to be applying a few magnets you may want to use a pair of pliers.
PROFESSIONAL TIP: Use your hammer to gently flatten the legs. This will make your magnet sit flatter so you will get a nicer finished result.
Now apply the other half of your magnet in your desired position using the same method.
When you are finished your bag project will look amazingly professional. Easy wasn’t it?
Magnetic snaps can be added to most of my clutch and purse sewing patterns.
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