How to Add a Magnetic Snap

The first time I made a bag using a magnetic snap was about 18 months ago when I made my Tardis bag, so called because it was much bigger than it seemed!tardis bag

Before that i just made bags that didn’t close! Magnetic snaps seemed like some kind of wizardry only available to people who were experts in bag making.

Having a bag that does not close is not a good thing. Apart from anything else, stuff gets wet. Zips are fine sometimes but they can be awkward, especially if you are also using you hands to do other things, like hang on to a todder so they don’t run into the road.

Thanks to the wonder that is the internet, even if you live in the back end of nowhere, you can get magnetic snaps. And without even having to leave the house. Hurrah!magnetic snap

Magnetic snaps come with 4 bits. 2 of the bits are the closure itself and the other 2 bits are what holds it in place. The snap is attached to the lining and the bits that hold it in place are hidden between the lining and the interfacing.magnetic snapmagnetic snap

1. Identify where you need the magnetic snap to go. Cut 2 small squares of fusible interfacing. 3 cm x 3 cm will be enough. Fuse it to the wrong side of the lining where you want to put the snap.magnetic snap

2. Using the back of the snap as a guide, mark on the interfacing where you will need to cut to get the prongs of the snap through. Carefully cut where you have drawn.magnetic snapmagnetic snapmagnetic snap

3. On the right side of the lining, poke the prongs of the snap through the cuts you made in the previous step.magnetic snap magnetic snap

4. Take one of the back pieces and put it over the prongs, pressing it right down. Bend the prongs down firmly over the back of the snap. Repeat for the other half of the snap.magnetic snap

That’s all there is to it!magnetic snapmagnetic snapmagnetic snap


Adding interfacing to the lining first will give the fabric more strength and stability. ย It will also be less likely to fray so snap will stay put and the lining of your bag will be less likely to tear.

Match up the sides of your bag and mark exactly where the snap needs to go before cutting anything.

The prongs of the snap will need to be pressed down hard. If you find that it hurts your thumbs or if you are worried about ruining your nails, bend the prongs a little bit, then cover them with a tea towel before ย pressing them all the way down.

About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

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