Monday 5 July 2010

Make it Monday: Magnetic Bag Fasteners 'How To'

Hi! I've been making a few bags recently and found these magnetic bag fasteners really useful for keeping everything secure, they also add a lovely professional finish to your handmade bag. Here's how to attach them to your own bags :)
Firstly, you will need these; two magnetic fasteners and two metal backing discs to hold them to the fabric.

Find out where you want your fasteners to go, then mark two lines for the spikes to press through.

To make my fasteners really secure and keep my bags long-lasting, I cut two small squares of wadding (batting) and attached it to some iron-on interfacing. This acts as an extra layer between the fastener and the fabric.

Now poke one of the magnetic parts through the holes you made, then push the extra square of fabric (above) through these spikes to the underneath side of the fabric (that you won't see). 

Add one of the metal disc's through the holes, then push the spikes outwards until they lie flat against the fabric.

Now repeat this for the other side; making sure these match up perfectly!

That's all there is to it, I hope this helps. Please let me know if this doesn't make sense! Have a great day :)


  1. Jessie, I have to say the added touch of the wadding in between is perfect. I have bought far too many bags with a magnetic fastening that have ripped the fabric because they don't have this.

    Can't wait to see your new shop stock.

  2. Wow thanks! Those things always confused me. This helps a lot!

  3. Using a magnetic fastener for the first time, I thought I'd check for advice on the Net and there you were! Very clear and useful advice! Thanks! And I'll use the wadding pad too; good idea!


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