Bag Making Tutorial How to Attach Riveted Press Snap Fasteners

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.

Prym vario pliers with hole piercing attachments.

Prym vario pliers with hole piercing attachments.

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.

Measure and mark position for attaching press snap.

Measure and mark position for attaching press snap.

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.

Insert fabric hole punch attachments into pliers.

Insert fabric hole punch attachments into pliers.

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.

Squeeze the pliers to punch the hole through all the fabric layers.

Squeeze the pliers to punch the hole through all the fabric layers.

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.

Fabric hole punch how to

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:

Parts of fastener and attachments for attaching riveted press snaps.

Parts of fastener and attachments for attaching riveted press snaps.

The four components that make up a riveted press snap fastener for craft ans sewing use.

Closeup of the four components that make up a riveted press snap fastener.

How to Attach the Press Snaps:

Attach the holders for female press snap parts.

Attach the holders for female press snap parts.

Attach riveted press snaps (b)

Press the back female part of snap onto the holder, upside down.

Attaching press snaps how to

Position the back part of snap on lining side of hole. Line up the front part of snap at the hole on outer side of project. Squeeze the pliers firmly to rivet the parts together.

Remove the female part holders and insert the male part holders. Push the back male part into holder (shown on left of image)

Remove the female part holders and insert the male part holders. Push the back male part of snap into holder (shown on left of image)

With the back male part on the underside, fit the shaft up through the fabric hole. Place the front male part of snap over the shaft. Press the pliers together firmly (ensuring holder goes over the front snap part) to rivet the parts.

With the back male part on the underside, fit the shaft up through the fabric hole. Place the front male part of snap over the shaft. Press the pliers together firmly (ensuring holder goes over the front snap part) to rivet the parts.

The press snaps securely attached to the bag!

The press snaps securely attached to the bag!

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

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