Bag making series part four – hardware: d rings, clasps, zips, buttons etc.

(This post includes a coupon code for my Etsy shop!)

Hi peeps, I hope that you’re all doing well. 😊

This week let’s talk about hardware.

Firstly, what is it? The hardware for your bag, are things like: D rings, O rings, magnetic clasps, swivel lock, swivel hooks, bag feet, tri sliders, lobster clasps, etc. These are the things that will make your bag look professionally made and no one will be able to tell that you have made it, just by looking. Of course, you will probably go around telling people that you have made it, but otherwise, they won’t know. 😊

  • D rings, O rings: and there are some rectangular rings too which probably have a special name, but I can’t think what it is. 😉 These are usually metal but there are plastic varieties too. They are used to attach a handle to your bag, either a shoulder strap or short handles. They are easy to attach and are extremely useful, particularly if you are a using a heavier weight fabric, such as denim, to make your bag out of.
  • Magnetic fastener, swivel locks: these are used to secure your bag with. Maybe you have completed a rucksack and want to close it with a magnetic clasp/fastener? Or perhaps you are looking for something a little more secure, so how about a swivel lock? They are easily installed and again, it gives your bag a more professional look.
  • A swivel hook and lobster clasp: these are similar to a D ring, but it swivels too. It’s mainly used for shoulder straps on a bag.
  • A tri-slider: is a three pronged slider that is used if you want a strap that adjusts in length. I was terrified at the thought of using one of these, but the great thing these days is technology. It’s so easy to find a video on You Tube that shows you how to make stuff. There’s several videos on there and once you’ve done one, you’ll see it’s so easy to do.
  • Bag feet: again, another simple attachment to give your bag professional look and also a handy way to stop the bottom of your bag from getting dirty.

So, you have a few suggestions there to keep you busy for a while. Debbie Shore has a few bag making books if you’re looking to start to make your own bags. She also has several videos on YouTube where she shows you how to make your own bags.

I hope that you are enjoying this bag making series. I’m enjoying writing them.

As a thank you gift for those of you who follow and like my blog posts, here is a coupon code for 10% off in my Etsy shop. It’s valid until 25th February 2020. Enjoy! 😊

Thank you

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share,

Sarah. 😊


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