Sewing Tutorial: How to Apply Magnetic Snaps

Yay! The perfect closure for bags, purses, totes and backpacks.

Magnetic snaps are a handy fastener solution for a variety of accessories and even apparel. The process of attaching them is pretty easy, as you’ll see here.  You basically mark the position, cut the slits for the prongs, mount the pieces and then fold the prongs down. You’re done! As with most sewing techniques, there are some tips and secrets to ensure that your finished project wears well.  Want to know what they are?

Sewing Tutorial: How to Apply Dritz Magnetic Snaps

In addition to Dritz® magnetic snaps and your project, you’ll need these tools on-hand:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Pliers
  • Marking pen or pencil
  • Iron-on interfacing
  • Small piece of cardboard

Sewing Tutorial: How to Apply Dritz Magnetic Snaps

Apply interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric where the snap will be positioned.  Place the metal support of the snap on the interfacing and mark its placement.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Apply Dritz Magnetic Snaps

Use sharp scissors to cut slits where the prongs will come through the fabric. Keep the slits as small as possible.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Apply Dritz Magnetic Snaps

Insert the prongs through the slits from the right side to the wrong side of the fabric. TIP: For added support on totes and purses, add a layer of cardboard as shown before you put the prongs through the metal support.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Apply Dritz Magnetic Snaps

Put the prongs through the metal support and use pliers to bend the prongs down flat. Prongs can be bent toward the center of the snap, or outward as shown.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Apply Dritz Magnetic Snaps

Repeat the process for both sides of the magnetic snap, and voilà – you’re done! Now you can finish constructing your bag, tote, purse or backpack.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Apply Dritz Magnetic Snaps

Want to know more about magnetic snaps? The Dritz® range includes several styles and sizes, perfect for many projects. Check out the PDF attachment below.  Save or download it – it’s packed with more product and application information, and tips.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Apply Dritz Magnetic Snaps

What kind of bag or tote are you making? We applied our magnetic snaps to this dynamite owl backpack designed by Heather Valentine for Simplicity® sewing patterns. Look for the snaps and new pattern at your favorite fabric retailer! Visit Heather at www.TheSewingLoft.com for great sewing tips and community.  

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