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Expert Information About Handbag Hardware


Metal and plastic fittings for handbag design: zippers, locks, connectors, buckles, chains, bag frames, purse handles, snap hooks and various decorative ornaments. Most often you’ll find them in the button department of your favourite sewing supply dealer, leather-craft supply sources, and luggage repair centers. To add continuity and harmony to your overall design, select the hardware in the same colour and metal finish.

Bag Handles – Leather, vinyl, wooden, and plastic-molded bag handles are a fabulous way to add a “wow-it’s-handmade” touch to your handbags. Purse handles will instantly add a polished and professional look to your creations. Styles are available in many lovely colours and come readily supplied with connecting hardware.

Grommets are easily used in common DIY projects, requiring only the grommet itself, a backing ring, grommet-setting tool (a metal rod with a convex tip usually sold with the grommets), and a hammer. Their most common usage is to strengthen the holes for strapping but they are also good for draw-cords as the grommet prevents the cord from tearing through the hole, thereby providing structural integrity. Small grommets are also called eyelets. When using eyelets for bag-making, they are generally used decoratively.

Both are available in various colours and metal finishes.

Snaps can be attached to fabric by hammering (using a specific punch and die set), plying, or sewing. For plying snap fasteners, there are special snap pliers.

by Don Morin of Bag’n-telle · Design-It-Yourself handbags

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