I 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.
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.
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.
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….
…and through the slits in the interfacing .
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.
Use those thumb muscles! You may need to press them into your table if they are really strong. Do the same exact thing with the other side of the magneto on your other mark, and then finish sewing up your project.
Inside of finished clutch
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!
Need Magnetos? I get mine here!
Want to make a placemat clutch? Get the tutorial here!
Go forth and put magnets on everything! :o)
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