|Lovely bags from Kay Whitt’s book, ‘Sew Serendipity Bags’|
Hey! Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio here to talk to you today about bag hardware. Putting just the right hardware on a bag can make all the difference in the finished look of a bag. It can elevate your creation from just “handmade” to “Wow! Where did you buy that bag?” in an instant!
Installing hardware is sometimes intimidating, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with it but it needn’t be. All of it can be installed as the bag is being sewn together. The key is to be mindful of where you want to add it as you go along with construction.
For example, if you want to add a magnetic snap to a lining, then you have to add it before the lining is sewn into the bag. If you are working with a twist lock, then you have to remember to add the center portion to the exterior before the lining is added. If you want to add D or O-rings with a tab for handles that will be added later, this is also something that has to be added to the exterior before the lining goes in. Really, adding hardware just takes a little planning.
Most of the snaps and locks are added by snipping small holes and then bending metal tabs over a small reinforcement plate on the wrong side of fabric.
The one piece of hardware that seems to be the one that everyone has a little trouble with when first working with it is the double loop slider. This piece of hardware is just as it sounds….a loop divided into two sections. It is meant to make a handle or strap adjustable in length. It is one of my favorite pieces of hardware to add to a bag! It is especially useful when you are working on a handle for a cross-body bag because it gives you the ability to adjust the length any way you want. If you are making the bag as a gift, then there are no worries about the handle as the recipient can lengthen or shorten at will!
As great as these sliders are, they can be confusing to install if you don’t have previous experience. This is one of the reasons that I included step by step photographed instructions in my Sew Serendipity Bags book for how to add one. Once you see how the handle is placed through the slider, you will be looking for ways to add one to every bag you make…they are that easy to install!
As a bonus today, click here for the pages that came directly from my book (they are also below, but the link will provide the full-sized page with larger text) as a tutorial for you to use as a guide for installing the double loop slider. With these mad skills, everyone will wonder where you bought that fancy bag with the great adjustable handle!
There’s another special resource I would like to share with you….and that is where I purchase my hardware. The good quality stuff can be difficult to find. Don’t expect to find it at your average craft store. They should carry it, but I have found that I am usually disappointed with their selection. I have found that www.BuckleGuy.com and www.Strapworks.com to be excellent resources for hardware. Their items are heavy duty quality and above what you will find in an average shop. Be sure to check them out for all of your hardware needs.
Lastly, I would like to thank the wonderful Sara Lawson for asking me to share a bit about hardware with you as part of Purse Palooza. I think she has done a fabulous job with this event all month and I am honored to be a part of the festivities! I hope you all have enjoyed the posts. I know I have!