Don't be fooled by the professional, upscale look; you don't have to be a sewing professional to use bag hardware! Prong-backed Bag Feet and Magnetic Snaps can be easily installed in a handbag, purse, or other bag project using a few tools from any standard sewing kit—no presses, awls, or pliers required. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions to install Bag Feet and Magnetic Snaps, with a printable guide for reference. And if you're on the lookout for quality bag hardware, be sure to check out WAWAK's large selection of bag hardware for handbags, purses, and more.
WHAT YOU NEED:
STEP 1: MEASURE & MARK
First up, measure where you'd like to place your hardware and make a small mark on the wrong side of your material. For magnetic snaps, make sure your placement will allow the two sides of the snap to connect.
STEP 2: MAKE A SMALL CUT
Using a seam ripper or X-ACTO knife, cut a small slit in each spot you marked. Try to make the opening just long enough to fit the prong's height, or shorter; if the opening is too big, your bag hardware might be loose.
QUICK TIP: IF YOU'RE USING A WOVEN FABRIC LIKE COTTON, TRY APPLYING A DROP OF FRAY CHECK AFTER CUTTING YOUR FABRIC TO PREVENT IT FROM FRAYING.
STEP 3: PUSH THE PRONGS THROUGH
Push the prong end through the opening you cut from the outside to the inside of the bag. The flat side of your hardware should be flush with the outside of the bag (or the "right" side of your material).
STEP 4: FLATTEN THE PRONGS
Fold the prongs down and apart until they lie flat against the inside of the bag and the hardware is secured in place. That's one piece of hardware done!
STEP 5: REPEAT
Repeat as needed for the rest of your snaps or bag feet. If desired, sew or adhere a small patch of interfacing over the folded prongs to prevent them from catching on your bag's lining or anything else they might come in contact with.
SHOP FOR BAG FEET AND MAGNETIC SNAPS
Use this handy how-to guide to learn to easily install Bag Feet or Magnetic Snaps.