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How to install magnetic snaps

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Does your sewing pattern tells you to use a magnetic snap but doesn’t give any instructions? No worries! Here’s a short and easy tutorial on how to install magnetic snaps to any sewing project.

Magnetic snaps for bags

Magnetic snap tutorial

Adding magnetic snaps to my sewing projects used to scare the bejeezus out of me and the situation went on and on for ages! Until I finally took the plunge and decided to experiment some with these little monsters! Guess what? It’s so super easy and here I’ll show you how to install magnetic snaps in just s few super easy steps! No stress involved, I promise you!

I love magnetic bag clasps, they’re so easy to use and convenient and most snaps are pretty sturdy too and add a touch of class to any purse or bag. Before learning how to install magnetic snaps you need to get familiar with a few facts about these type of snaps.

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Any magnetic snap will have 2 prongs and 2 washers. You’re going to need to use some scraps of interfacing and some padding (optional). So one more reason to save those fabric scraps, you never know when you’re going to need them.

I’ve used these magnetic snaps for a snack bag project I’ve just finished (and I’m totally smitten with the results)! I also took the chance and used my own laminated cotton fabric (tutorial here) which is pretty sturdy so I didn’t have to use padding to add the snaps. But if your fabric is soft you’ll need padding and interfacing. You’ll also be inserting the magnetic snap between the outer and lining pieces of your sewing project. You won’t want the back of these magnetic snaps to show.


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  1. so glad you showed how to put snaps on an object always wondered how to do it….thank you…you always seem to know what all of us are thinking and what we want to do…again thank you …this is great …

  2. Awesome tutorial! I have the fabric for a bag and a snap sitting on my project table waiting for me to start. I didn’t realize how easy the snaps would be!