Attaching Invisible Magnetic Snaps

Posted by Linda Matthews on January 28, 2010

I’ve been playing around making purses with unusual shapes and I really like this one with it’s wavy asymmetrical top edge. For both the inside and the outside of the purse, I used some fabric that has been airbrushed. I didn’t airbrush the fabric myself, but I picked it up at a quilt show some years ago and finally found the perfect project for it. The fabric on the front of the purse has a lovely ginkgo leaf design.

Fabric Purse

And the fabric on the back of the purse has a beautiful airbrushed “sweep” of color.

Fabric Purse

As this purse doesn’t have a closure flap, I used invisible magnetic snaps in order to keep it closed. Recently I posted a tutorial on how to attach standard magnetic snaps, so let me show you how easy it is to attach invisible magnetic snaps which are great for projects where you don’t want the snap to be visible.

This is what the invisible snaps look like – they are small circular magnets enclosed in a plastic pocket.

Fabric Purse

The plastic pocket allows you to position and stitch the magnet to your project, usually underneath the lining. I’m using peltex as the under-structure to make my purse so I’ve stitched two magnetic snaps close to the top edge on the inside of the front piece of my purse, one at each end.

Fabric Purse

Then I’ve aligned and stitched another two to the inside of the back piece of my purse.

Fabric Purse

I used a simple zigzag stitch to give it a little extra security so they don’t come loose.

Fabric Purse

And then I’ve positioned the lining over the top and the snaps are totally invisible except for a slight bump on the surface.

Fabric Purse

Now the front and the back of the purse simply clamp shut – very elegant.

Fabric Purse

Next time I’ll show you how I made the purse handles – they were easy to make and added the perfect embellishment.

Fabric Purse

Also, if you love to make purses and bags as much as I do, you can find hundreds of links to free purse patterns and tutorials here on my Pinterest page. Have fun!

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