I use riveted press fasteners (popper or press snaps) for closure options in my bag making projects, a lot. I love using them because they are so quick and easy to attach, they don’t cost too much and they give the bag a nice professional finish.
A pack of fasteners comes with a disposable fixing tool and instructions on how to make the holes in the fabric for putting the shafts through and how to use the disposable fixing tool. However, it’s so much easier with a pair of Prym Vario Pliers (if you’re using Prym press snaps) which are comfortable to use and it combines two jobs in one – pierces holes in the fabric (with the attachments that come with it) and rivets the fasteners in place (using the attachments that are included with the packs of fasteners). The press snaps come in a variety of different sizes.
How to use the pliers to pierce holes in fabric:
The great thing about riveted press snaps is that you can attach them when you’ve finished making your project, they don’t need to be added during construction (like magnetic snaps) as they have nicely finished backs to them. I use them at the top of bags for a main closure and I also use them on pocket flaps and tab closures.
So, get a ruler and your finished project and measure how far up/down you want the fastener to go and then measure across to get the centre point. Take your time to ensure you get this correct as you don’t want the fastener to be off-centre when attached. Mark a dot with tailor’s chalk or a disappearing ink fabric marker.
Insert the hole piercing attachments into the placement holes of the pliers. The attachment with the holes at both ends has two different sizes. Ensure you have it the right way round for the desired hole size; I use the smaller size.
Place the fabric between the plier ends, with the pointed attachment uppermost at the marked position of your project. It will easily cut through all the project layers – main fabric, interlining, lining. Ensure the fabrics are sitting smoothly and then firmly squeeze the pliers handles to pierce the hole.
Note: if you need to bunch the fabric up to reach the marked position, firstly pin through all the layers of your project around the marked position. This way, when the fabric is bunched up, the hole will go through the layers evenly. Many-a-time I’ve not done this, cut the hole, eased the bunched up fabric back into place, aghhhh! The hole through the interfacing / lining is not in line with the outer fabric, project ruined!! Don’t risk it.
Remove the hole punch attachments and insert the press snap holders. The 15mm snaps that I use most often have separate holders for each part. The holder attachments and press snap parts look like this:
How to Attach the Press Snaps:
Both the riveted press snaps and the Prym Vario pliers are now available to buy directly from my online shop at www.susieddesigns.co.uk