How to attach magnetic snaps

July 21, 2019

Magnetic snaps are a super easy way to add a closure to any bag you make. They are super useful for pockets too, available in a variety of sizes and colours they are versatile fastening. Learn how easy it is to attach magnetic snaps.

I love them, personally, I’m not a zip closure girl when it comes to bags! They provide a closing mechanism to a bag, but your bag remains quickly accessible. The magnetic snap overtime places strain on the fabric around it – if you don’t install them correctly and they can fail (I speak from experience!), here I share my top tips with you.

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A magnetic snap is an essential tool in your bag making skills. Check out my other essential skills tutorials for bag making:-

How to insert a magnetic snap

Traditional magnetic snaps come with a male and female part plus two metal washers. 

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Snaps are frequently attached 1½” down from the top edge of a lining. Measure out the position for your magnetic snap. 

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Add a 2″ square of fusible fleece centrally over the point for the snap on the back of the fabric. Over time this helps to prevent your snap tearing through your fabric. 

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Position the metal washer onto the fabric. Mark your fabric through the cut rectangles – I have used a fabric marker as that’s what I have to hand.

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Cut these markings, I use a seam ripper. If you are worried about fraying you can always add Fray check.

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Insert the prongs to the wrong side of the fabric.

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Place over the disk and fold the prongs outwards. You can use a closed pair of scissors to press them back.

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For good measure add a piece of iron on interfacing over the prongs and fusible fleece.

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This fully secures the magnetic snap and adds strength to the surrounding fabric.

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I have several free bag patterns on the blog which make the most of magnetic snap closures, check them out:-

DIY Tote Bag with Lining

Sashiko Denim Tote

Spring Blooms Tote Bag

 

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