When I was sewing up a diaper bag the other day, I realized how many things are involved in bag-making that I just had to discover myself along the way. I also thought that if someone had just shown me a few things, it could have saved me some headache early on in my sewing life.
I always hesitate to give sewing tips because I know there are so many of you out there who have been sewing much longer than I have and will probably laugh at the way I do things. But, I’ll risk it and hope that I might give a tip or two that might help someone out.
So here goes, Tip #1: Installing a Magnetic Snap:
I’m all about sturdiness. I don’t want to make a bag, just to have the fabric around the magnetic snap fall apart and make the bag look bad. Here’s how I do it.
1. I never install a magnetic snap on just fabric alone. Even if the fabric is heavy canvas, I always interface it – at least the small area where the snap is going to be installed.
3. Then, I take the washer from the magnetic snap and place the center hole on the dot. Then I make 2 marks in the slits on the sides of the washer. This is where the holes will need to be cut.
4. On my machine, I make 2 buttonholes around these lines and slit the holes open with the seam ripper.
6. Bend the the prongs toward the middle of the magnet using something firm, but not slippery. (Hint: don’t use the handle of the rotary cutter – it’s just not safe!)
7. Repeat with opposite side of magnetic snap.
8. Get snap-happy and start putting snaps on EVERYTHING: purses, bags, drawing cases, patchfolios, etc.
Cheap sourses for purchasing snaps:
1) Ah Kwok Supplies. It’s an Ebay store out of Hong Kong. Even with shipping, when I buy 25 half-inch snaps, I end up paying about $1 per snap which is a better deal than I can get anywhere else.
2) Joann’s has magnetic snaps in their notions section, but if you want a cheaper option, head on over to the craft side of the store where they sell bag making supplies (handles and kits). They aren’t my favorite snap (they’re thick), but you can often get 3 snaps for under $3.
3) Etsy. Several etsy shops carry magnetic snaps inexpensively now. Search “magnetic snaps” under supplies.