Magnetic clasp

How to install a magnet snap

In making handbags one of the important things to consider is the closure. A bag can have a zipper, a button, a magnet clasp, or some kind of fancy bag fasteners. If you are not familiar with inserting zippers, the magnetic closure could be a good option. It is cheap to buy and easy to fit.

Magnetic clasp in a bag

Let’s see how to install the magnet clasp for your denim bag.

Denim bag with a magnet closure

Getting started

In addition to what comes in the set of the clasps, prepare two circles of scrap denim (or other strong fabric). Cut two slits in them for the clasps legs. Using those as strengthening will extend the life of the lining fabric, it will help against tearing in certain spots.

Magnet clasp set

It is very good idea to iron on some interfacing into the places where the clasp will be placed. But do it rather before the bag is sewn, when you have the lining pieces cut out. Cut two 3×3 cm squares out of iron-on interfacing and iron them on (at the wrong side). If you don’t have interfacing on hand, don’t worry, it’s only for extending the life of the lining.

Iron on some interfacing

Fitting it in

After the bag is complete, find and mark the exact middle by folding the top of the bag in half and joining the strap.

Measure 2cm (or depending on your project) from top and mark two slots with the help of the back disc which comes with the magnets.

Measure 2 cm from top

Cut two small slits (try to make them very small) at the marked places. Cut through the fabric and interfacing.

Cut two tiny slits

Push the legs through the rips from the right side.

Insert the magnet

On the wrong side build up a sandwich like this:

Make a sandwich

Now open the legs flat:

Open legs flat

On the right side it will look like this:

Magnet clasp in the bag

Repeat everything for the second half:

Repeat for the other half

Some slouchy bags don’t need a closure at all, but it’s always nice to have just that little bit of security.

There are so many bags where the magnet closure comes handy:

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