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Learn How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags

I think sometimes bag hardware can be a mystery to those that have never used it. Magnetic snaps might look intimidating, but they are very simple to add and only require a couple of small tools that you probably already have around the house.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Let me show you how to add magnetic snaps to your fabric for bag making…

First, gather your supplies. You’ll need:

  • one set of magnetic snaps (4 parts, including a male and female part with prongs and a washer for each)
  • a washable marking pen
  • a small craft knife (or tiny scissors)
  •  needle nose pliers
  • scraps of interfacing

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If you are using a pattern, it most likely instructed you to apply interfacing first. If not, iron a small square of interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric where the snap will be placed.

Place the washer on the wrong side of the fabric (the side with the interfacing) and mark the 2 holes in the sides of the washer. I marked around the outside here to show you where I placed the washer, but it’s not necessary to mark the outer circle.

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Next, use your craft knife to cut a small slit at each of the marks you made.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

From the right side, insert one snap by placing the prongs through the slits you just cut.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Place the washer over the prongs.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Bend the prongs toward the outside. I can often do this with my fingers, but it helps to have a pair of pliers nearby if you need them.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Iron a small scrap of interfacing over the prongs to keep them from rubbing through your fabric. (Be careful with the hot metal!)

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Then it’s the same process for the other side of the snap. I took tons of pictures, but it really only takes a couple of minutes to finish adding a set of magnetic snaps to a bag. The result is professional and much easier than a button hole!

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

This little magnetic snap tutorial is in anticipation of my next pattern release! My instructions assume you already know how to add magnetic snaps to your bags. Don’t forget to bookmark this so you can come back to it later when you are sewing!

 

12 thoughts on “Learn How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags

  1. Anne Lyth says:

    A really smart tutorial. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      No problem! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Bobbie Legare says:

    Wow! I had no idea how easy this is-Thanks so much!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      You’re welcome! It’s really not hard at all, but photos are much more helpful than the package directions 🙂

  3. Allison says:

    Wow you made that look easy! Will have to try it!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks! I hope you do 🙂

  4. Marion says:

    Thanks a million…now I can use those magnetic snaps I bought months ago . The pics did the trick !

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Awesome! So glad it helped 🙂

  5. Diane Ouellette says:

    I use magnetic snaps all the time when making purses. My tips are to reinforce the area where the snap will be with extra interfacing or some stiff fabric scrap. I had a snap pull out in one of my first bags, so I learned to reinforce. A seam ripper will cut the slits and may be a bit safer than an X-acto knife.

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks for the tips Diane! Reinforcement is always a good idea. I recommended the x-acto knife because I always push too hard with the seam ripper and make the hole too large. Either works though!

  6. Kathy says:

    I agree about the reinforcing! I use about a 1″ circle of semi-rigid plastic (think butter dish lid) over the prongs (cut slits), before the washer. This keeps those little “legs” from poking through on your finished project. Just be sure the circle has relatively smooth edges (can be oval) and will not interfere with any other sewing (including topstitching) you will be doing.

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Great tip! Thanks for sharing!

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