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Written by Kerrie Padmore from Living In Loveliness. Kerrie runs sewing classes and sewing retreats from beginners to the more advanced sewers plus Crafternoon tea parties. She has recently launchied her own range of sewing kits and patterns. 


Using snap fasteners 


How to use plastic snap fasteners


Prym snap fasteners are a great alternative to buttons - they are fast, super easy to install and very cost effective. For each snap you will need two covers - one male snap (the one with the sticky out bit) and one female snap (the one with the hollow centre). Below is a simple step by step tutorial for installing snap fasteners. 


You will need:

Prym Vario pliers - We used the new hot pink Prym Love Pliers

Coloured snaps that co-ordinate with your project

You can buy the Vario pliers and snaps online at Jaycotts, Cotton Patch and Raystitch

The fabrics featured are from Bari J's Bloomsbury collection for Art Gallery Fabrics provided by their UK distributors Hantex 


How to insert snaps into your sewing project

How to use snap fasteners

Step 1

Using an air/heat erasable pen, mark where the snaps need to be inserted on the outside of the fabric.


 Adding snap fastenings to a sewing project

Step 2

Using a stitch unpicker, awl or darning needle, push through to make the hole - this makes it easier to insert the snap.


 How to sew with KAM snaps


Step 3

Align the first hole with where you want the snap to fasten and push the darning needle through the next piece/set of fabrics.


How to use snap fasteners

Tutorial for snap fasteners

Step 4

On the top flap of the purse, use one of the snap covers and push the spike through the hole.

How to add snap fastenings

Step 5

Open the purse flap and place the male snap on top of the spike - the sticky out part needs to be facing towards you (outwards).


Prym Vario Pliers tutorial


Step 6 - Preparing the pliers

Insert the white cup and clear plastic pieces onto the pliers - these will only go on one way (see the picture). Ensure they are on tight.


Using Prym vario pliers to install plastic snaps 


Step 7 - Securing the snaps

Position the snap cover in the white cup side of the tool. Squeeze the tool firmly so that the snap is squashed and secured into place.


Using male and female plastic snaps


Step 8 - Securing the female snap

Insert the snap cover through the hole from the inside of the purse. The spike end will be sticking out through the top of the purse.


Snap fastenings tutorial


Step 9

Place the female snap on top on the spike, with the hollow side facing upwards.


How to install snap buttons

Step 10

Position the snap cover in the white cup side of the tool. Squeeze the tool firmly so that the snap is squashed and secured into place.

Your snap fasteners are now ready to use.


How to add snap fasteners to fabric


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