If you like to make bags or purses, you will want/need to know how to install a magnetic snap. Magnetic snaps are an easy addition that provides a bit of security that people really like in bags. Once you get this technique down, it will only take you minutes to install.
The Snap Parts
Every magnetic snap piece contains 4 pieces. The male part of the snap, the female part of the snap and 2 washers that secure the snap in place.
Snaps come in many different sizes, shapes, thicknesses, magnetic strengths and colors. Here is a very small sampling of some magnetic snaps.
Where to Purchase Magnetic Snaps
Any fabric store will carry magnetic snaps, but if you want a better selection of sizes, colors and shapes, you may want to try Etsy. You can often get a better price too! I’ve personally used Being Bags and have been very happy with my purchase!
Installing the Snap
Before we begin it is important to note that you need to add these during the construction of the bag. This is not an after-thought. Magnetic snaps are added to the lining of the bag BEFORE the bag is assembled!
What You Will Need:
- Magnetic Snap Set (Male piece, Female Piece and 2 Washers)
- 2 Small Squares of either Fusible Fleece, Canvas, Cotton. The size of the square should be about .25″ larger than your snap.
- Your bag lining pieces
First, fold one side of your bag lining in 1/2 lengthwise to find the center. Crease just the top 2″ so you can see the center when you open it back up.
On the wrong side of the lining piece, measure down the crease 1.5″ and mark. You can of course modify this measurement to your liking, but I have found that this works well for most bags.
Center your fusible fleece (cotton, canvas or whatever strengthen you are using) on this mark and set in place. Re-measure 1.5″ down that center crease and re-mark so the strengthening piece of fabric is now marked.
Place the washer over the mark making sure the center circle is placed directly over the mark and now mark the two holes on either side. This is where your snap prongs will be come through the lining. Carefully clip through the LEFT and RIGHT marks (NOT the center). You can use scissors or a seam ripper, but you need only make a tiny, tiny hole. DO NOT make a large cut, it will weaken your fabric.