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Kristina Saccone

Handbag Hardware by Kristina Saccone

Learn how to attach handbag hardware and create a cute clutch.


1/4 yard each of cotton exterior fabric, cotton lining fabric & fusible fleece

Coordinating cotton scraps (pocket)

3/4"-diameter magnetic snap

8" metal clasp bag hardware (See "Sources.")

Fabric glue (See "Sources.")

Removable fabric marker

Bamboo skewer or stiletto

Cut It

Download the Handbag Hardware pattern; print.

From the exterior, lining and fusible fleece, cut two bag pieces. Fuse one fleece piece to each lining fabric wrong side following the manufacturer's instructions.

From the scraps, cut two 4 1/2"x5 1/2" rectangles for the bag pocket.

Tip: For different hardware sizes, draw a pattern according to the hardware width plus 1/2" along each edge for seam allowances. Trace the hardware curve at the upper edge and add 1/2".

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Stitch It

Mark one lining widthwise centerline 2" from the upper edge. Center the magnetic snap back over the mark. Mark the two hash marks through the snap back. Using thread snips or other small scissors, cut along the hash marks.

Mark one pocket rectangle 1 1/2" from one long edge along the widthwise centerline. Repeat to mark and cut the pocket per the previous instructions.

From the lining right side, insert the magnetic snap prongs through the holes. Insert the snap back onto the prongs, and then bend the prongs inward. Repeat to attach the opposite snap side onto the pocket.

With right sides together, align the pocket rectangles. Stitch the perimeter using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 2" centered opening along the lower edge. Clip the corners, and then turn the pocket right side out, folding the opening edges toward the wrong side; press.

Position the pocket over the lining, aligning the magnetic snaps ensuring the pocket is parallel to the bag upper edge; pin. Edgestitch the pocket sides and lower edge using a scant 1/8" seam allowance. 

With right sides together, align one bag interior with one exterior; pin. Place the clasp hardware over the bag, 1/2" from the upper edge. Mark the clasp hinge placement to indicate where to begin and end stitching (1). Stitch the bag upper edge between the marks. Clip the curves to allow for smooth turning.

Open the bag layers to reveal each lower edge. With right sides together, align the remaining interior piece with the stitched interior lower edge. Stitch the sides and lower edge between the hinge marks, leaving a 3" to 4" centered opening along the lower edge for turning (2). Clip the corners.

Repeat to attach the remaining exterior with right sides together to the stitched exterior along the lower edge between the marks (3).

Align the remaining interior/exterior upper edge with right sides together; pin. Stitch the upper edge between the hinge marks. Clip the curve.

Turn the bag right side out; press. Topstitch the opening closed.

Place a line of glue along one clasp channel. Beginning at one clasp hinge corner, insert one bag edge into the hardware; hold for two to three minutes. Allow the glue to set for 30 minutes, and then repeat to the opposite bag edge.

To remove excess glue from the bag hardware, pour a small amount of acetone on a cotton ball; gently wipe away the glue.


Fat Frog Supplies carries Gutermann HT2 textile glue: etsy.com/shop/fatfrogsupplies.

While Baby Naps carries handbag hardware and Gutermann textile glue: etsy.com/shop/whilebabynaps.

YeahShop carries handbag hardware: etsy.com/shop/yeahshop.


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