Bag Hardware: How to Apply Turn & Flip Locks

Your best bags need our best hardware.

Bags are a super popular sewing project for beginners and seasoned sewists alike. Why? Because there are so many kinds of purses and bags out there, it’s easy to find one that suits your sewing ability. The other reason? Let’s face it … you can NEVER have too many bags! Learn about our new Dritz® turn and flip locks (their parts and pieces), and how to apply them to bags, totes and purses to keep flaps secure and in place. 

Bag Hardware: How to Apply Turn & Flip Locks


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Turn & Flip Locks

Let’s talk about the new Dritz® turn locks.

This style features a male turning lock piece with washer that is applied to the body of your bag (right image, bottom). It also has a 2-part female eyelet that attaches to the flap of your bag with screws (right image, top).

It is rectangular in shape, and has a nickel finish.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Turn & Flip Locks

This turn lock has similar parts. It has a male turning lock piece with washer that is applied to the body of your bag (right image, bottom). It also has a 2-part female eyelet that attaches to the flap of your bag with screws (right image, top).

It is oval in shape, and has an antique brass finish.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Turn & Flip Locks

This is a flip lock. Its function is the same as the turn locks above. It has a male flip lock piece with washer that is applied to the body of your bag (right image, bottom). It has a 2-part female eyelet that attaches to the flap of your bag with screws (right image, top).

This style is rounded in shape and has an antique brass finish.


Bag Hardware: Dritz Turn & Flip Locks Parts

Let’s take a closer look at the parts and pieces of the locks. 

Each lock has a male locking piece, a washer, and a 2-part eyelet with screws.

The eyelet goes on the flap of your bag. The hole for the eyelet is drawn using a template that is available on our website (turn lock templates; flip lock template). When applying the eyelets, work on a cloth-covered surface to prevent scratches and to help keep screws from rolling away.

The lock is secured to the body of the purse or bag with prongs and washer. It goes through the eyelet and either turns or flips to lock in place. 


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Turn & Flip Locks

How to Apply Lock

Complete bag without closing up opening in lining. (Tip: Making the opening a little larger than pattern suggests will make it easier to apply the lock.) Cut out template. Determine position of eyelet on flap and trace around template with marking pencil.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Turn & Flip Locks

Cut along inside line of marked template and through all layers of the flap with sharp scissors. Seal edges with Fray Check® to prevent raveling.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Turn & Flip Locks

Remove screws from back of eyelet; set screws aside. Lay eyelet front, wrong side up, on work surface. Position eyelet cut-out over eyelet with front of flap facing down.


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Place eyelet back over eyelet front, lining up screw holes. Attach back of eyelet with screws and screwdriver.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Turn & Flip Locks

To help you determine how far down the bag you want the flap to extend, fill bag with books or a small box. This will keep you from making the flap too tight.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Turn & Flip Locks

Use lock to mark its position on the body of the bag. Insert lock into the 2-part eyelet and flip or twist to hold in place. Lay flap over the bag in desired position. Carefully press lock prongs into fabric to make an indention. Mark indentions with marking pencil.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Turn & Flip Locks

Add interfacing to wrong side of base fabric, if needed. Double check positioning and then snip indention marks. Only cut through base fabric and not the lining. Seal slits with Fray Check®.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Turn & Flip Locks

Push prongs through slits from right to wrong side of base fabric. Place washer over prongs. Press prongs towards center of washer until they are flat. Finish project by closing up lining opening.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Turn & Flip Locks

Looks nice, huh?

In addition to the locks you just learned about, check out the coordinating Dritz® bag hardware shown on the gray floral crossbody bag:

 

Are you a bag maker? What is your go-to bag hardware?

 

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