A very simple way to add a closure to your purse is to use a magnetic snap. So here is a “magnetic snap tutorial” to guide you step by step on how to install this type of closure.
This is a tutorial you might need to sew the next Sacôtin pattern… I’m just saying…
Magnetic snap tutorial
The snap comes in four pieces: a male part, a female part and two washers. Magnetic snaps come in various sizes and finishes.
The 2 parts of the snap should be installed before sewing any assembly seam.
To make your fabric more resistant to the pulling it will be submitted to when opening the magnetic button, fuse a small square of stabilizer (5 cm x 5 cm / 2″ x 2″) over the two areas where you’ll install the 2 halves of the magnetic closure. You’ll fuse your interfacing on the wrong side of your fabric.
Using your pattern, transfer the snap placement marking to the wrong side of your fabric.
Place a washer over your marking, centering the hole on the intersection of the cross.
Mark the two notches.
Using your seam ripper, carefully and gently nick through the two notches.
Take the male part of the snap and slide its prongs through the notches, toward the wrong side of your fabric.
To further reinforce the area and protect your fabric from the metallic friction, add a little piece of fleece (or batting), sliding it through the prongs.
Slide the washer through the prongs, over the fleece.
Fold the prongs toward the center.
Repeat the process with the other piece of fabric, the female part of the snap and the remaining washer.
Voilà you’ve just installed a magnetic snap ! Easy, n’est-ce pas ?