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Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetos! Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetic Closure TutorialI call these guys Magnetos (comic lovers, chuckle with me now!). Magnetic closures are a great way to add a professional touch to your clutches, wallets, and bags.

Don’t be intimidated by their forged metal-ness, these babies are easy to install.

Let me show you!

 

 

 

In these photos I am installing them on my favorite placemat clutches. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

I open them up, insert interfacing, and while they are still open, I install the magnetos. So it’s important to note, you need to add these guys before you sew up the seams on whatever you’re working on. Also, it’s good to have something stiff for them to hold onto if your project allows for it — the interfacing should be on the thicker side. Otherwise the magnetos will droop and weigh the fabric down. If you’re making a slouchy type of bag, that is totally fine.

First, figure out where you want them. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

For example, If there is folding to be done, do the fold and mark where you want the closure on both sides. If you’re putting them on a bag, mark on both sides where you want it.

  • The easiest way is to put the magnets together and place it on one side where you want it and mark with pencil or marker, then pretend you’re closing your project so that it touches the fabric where it will close when you’re done, and press hard with your hands to make an indent with the tabs.
  • If I made a mark, I take the tabs of the magneto and press it into the fabric to create an indent on either side of my mark. Either way, you’re using those tab indents as a guide.

I then use an exacto knife to poke holes where the indents are and lengthen them just a bit so they are small slits. You could use your seam ripper point for this, but I find the exacto knife gives me a much cleaner cut. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

I use the knife to continue poking through the interfacing (in this case, I used stiffened felt!).

Now just take the tabs and stick them through your slits in the fabric…. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

…and through the slits in the interfacing .Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Add one of the flat pieces to the back, and press the pointy tabs outwards with your thumbs to hold the back piece in place.Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Use those thumb muscles! You may need to press them into your table if they are really strong. Magnetic Closure TutorialDo the same exact thing with the other side of the magneto on your other mark, and then finish sewing up your project. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Inside of finished clutch

Voila!

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Like I said, they seem intimidating, but once you try them you’ll find they are super easy and just require a little advanced planning. Sometimes we just want to hurry up and sew, but these are a really nice touch!

01e9d150ce1c9b3b7d6d71a9436976d4c5781d31c4Need Magnetos? I get mine here!

Want to make a placemat clutch? Get the tutorial here!

Go forth and put magnets on everything! :o)

Share your your projects with me!Β  Did you use one of my tutorials or fabrics? Tag me @stickelberry on Instagram or Facebook, and use #stickelberryfriends

 

 

 

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Plastic Canvas Note Holder

Plastic Canvas Notepad & Pen Holder

Another resurrection from the pre-hacked days. I’m trying to re-post the ones that I lost and re-direct the old links to the new ones (for those of you wondering why I’m posting old stuff!). So if you’ve seen this before, just move on, but if this is your first time, do check it out! I found working with the plastic canvas very soothing, and it was easy enough to do while sitting on the couch watchin’ my Greys Anatomy. πŸ™‚

pcbloghopPC Blog Hop: Plastic Canvas Notepad & Pen Holder

So, thanks to the creative and uber cool Craftypod, I was lucky enough to join the Plastic Canvas Blog Hop in 2014. I had never worked with plastic canvas before, so I was excited to take on the challenge and try something new.

I came up with this little notepad & pen holder that I made for my favorite niece (I only have one niece, so of course, she’s my favorite!). I used pink and black because, well, HELLO – it’s obviously one of my favorite color combos!

plastic canvas notepad & pen holder

Read on for supplies and tips and such… I found the following video tutorial on you tube SO SO helpful! It taught me how to start with the yarn and needle, and how to join my pieces together. This how-to guide is also a great place to get started. Plastic Canvas Supplies

 

Supplies (I purchased at Michaels)

  • Plastic Canvas — I chose this cool black stuff. It comes in different sizes
  • PC Needles – I used size #16
  • Yarn — I chose some worsted wool (recommended) and some neat shiny ones… but note, I did learn a lesson about the shiny ones:

plastic canvas supplies - yarn matters

I had this picture in my head of what I wanted to make, and went about trying to determine how to cut up the plastic and what sizes to make everything. This is what I came up with — you can count the squares or measure it like I did:Plastic Canvas Measurements

This is how it laid out before I started stitching, this helped me keep track of what piece went where: Plastic Canvas Pieces

So now the fun part — fill up them there holes with pretty thread! I played with different stitches after checking out this basic how-to guide.Β 

And I totally wasn’t joking about doing this on the couch while watching TV… I was, by the way, hugely pregnant during this project and on limited activity! working

PC Notepad Holder Detail 1

PC Notepad Holder Detail 2

PC Notepad Holder Detail 3

I left the bottom empty since it would be covered by a notepad or loose paper

PC Notepad Holder Detail 4

Add paper, pen and other cute desk accessory essentials, and wrap it up!

Plastic Canvas Notepad & Pen Holder 2

Check out some of the other PC Blog Hop projects here!


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