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Installing a bridge connector tutorial

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A bridge connector is an accessory that is installed on a bag and allows to attach a handle, the lobster clasps of a strap, etc …

For example, 2 bridge connectors are used to attach the handle of the Quadrille bag.

As you will see in this tutorial, the installation of a bridge connector is much simpler than the professional result may suggest.

{Tutorial} Installing a bridge connector

The bridge connectors I use consist of 4 pieces:

  • the bridge
  • the washer
  • 2 screws
Left to right : washer, 2 screws, bridge.

Tools / material required for installation:

  • Leather punch or embroidery scissors or seam ripper to make the holes
  • Screwdriver
  • Reinforcement, for example: flexible foam (flexible foam tutorial), fleece, ultra firm stabilizer, high-density cardboard, …

For this tutorial, I first sewed the handle of the Quadrille bag and slid the bridges in position in the handle (without screw or washer).

If the bridge connector is intended to attach a lobster clasp, it will be installed on its own.

Bridge slid in the handle before installing it on the Quadrille bag.

 


Mark

On the wrong side of the piece of fabric where the bridge connector should be installed (here the flap of the Quadrille bag), center the washer on the placement marking (or where you want to attach the bridge connector on your project).

Make markings on the fabric, through the 2 holes of the washer.

Mark the location of the future holes through the holes in the washer.

2 bridge connectors must be fixed on the flap of the Quadrille bag, so I repeat the process to mark the 2 holes of the 2nd bridge connector.

Holes markings done

Pierce

Pierce the holes in the fabric.
A leather punch is great for making these holes, but you can also use the tip of embroidery scissors.

If your fabric is fraying and is not interfaced, use some fabric glue on the edges of the holes to prevent further fraying.

I use a leather punch to make the holes
Hole pierced
Holes pierced (marking erased)

 


Reinforce

It is important to strengthen the area where the bridge connector is attached.

In this tutorial I used a large piece of flexible foam (flexible foam tutorial) because I want to give structure to the all flap. Depending on your project, a square covering the area of the bridge connector will suffice.

Instead of flexible foam you can use fleece, ultra firm stabilizer, high density cardboard, etc … You can also combine several !

Mark and pierce the holes in the foam.

Flexible foam positioned on the wrong side of the flap to mark holes.
Pierce holes in the flexible foam

Install

On the wrong side of the flap, stack the flexible foam and the washer.

Align holes.

On the wrong side of the flap align the holes
Place the washer over the foam, aligning holes.

Still on the wrong side, slide a screw through a hole in the washer, foam, and fabric.

Slide a screw through a hole in the washer, foam, and fabric.

On the right side, insert the screw into a leg of the bridge.

The screw comes out on the right side.
Insert the screw into a leg of the bridge.

On the wrong side, screw a few turns (not tight).

Screw a few turns

On the wrong side, slide the second screw through the second hole of the washer, foam and fabric.

On the right side, insert the screw into the second leg and screw a few turns.

2nd screw slid through the other hole of the washer, foam and fabric
Insert screw into the leg
Screw a few turns

If everything is OK, tighten the two screws.

If everything is OK, tighten the two screws.
Bride connector installed !

 

For the Quadrille bag, repeat the steps to attach the second bridge connector.

View of the 2 bridge connectors fixed on the finished Quadrille bag.

You see, it’s not rocket science to install a bridge connector 🙂

 

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