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How to install Metal Snaps

DIY install metal snaps with Emkie

Hi Everyone!

Metal Snaps are a little bit of hardware I wasn’t too familiar with until quite recently – yes they have been around forever, but I just hadn’t taken the time to test them out or try them!  After having a bit of a play around the middle of last year, I decided to using them in an up coming pattern, so I thought you might like a little preview on how to install them in case you hadn’t used them before 😉 So here is your How To Install Metal Snaps…

DIY install metal snaps with Emkie

When working with Metal Snaps there are a few tools that are required to complete the job, you will need:DIY install metal snaps with Emkie

  • A leather punch or Metal Snap Tool 1: used to make the hole
  • Metal Snap Tool 2: used to set the snaps
  • Anvil
  • Hammer
  • Erasable Marker
  • Fray stop (for fabric)
  • Old chopping board or cutting mat
  • A concrete surface



DIY install metal snaps with EmkieThere are a few different varieties of metal Snaps, I will be
demonstrating how to install the type I use (the post kind).

These Metal Snaps consist of the Cap, Post, Socket and Stud a pictured here.
a) To install a Metal Snap, mark the position with an erasable marker. Then using tool 1 or a leather punch, make the hole for the Metal Snap in the leather, faux leather or fabric. Apply Fray Stop to the hole if you have used Fabric. Repeat for corresponding snap placement.

DIY install metal snaps with Emkie

b) On the right side, insert the Cap through the hole. The prong of the Cap will be visible on the wrong side, place the Socket over the prong*. Place tool 2 (the setting tool) onto the prong, and set with a few firm taps from a hammer.

DIY install metal snaps with Emkie

c) Using the corresponding snap placement hole, insert the Post through the hole from the wrong side to the right side. Place the Stud over the prong of the Post on the right side*. Place tool 2 (the setting tool) onto the prong, and set with a few firm taps from a hammer.

DIY install metal snaps with Emkie

d) Your snap is now set!DIY install metal snaps with Emkie

*Place your Metal Snap cap side down on the anvil before setting the Snap, this is missing from the photos above!*

I would love to see any bags or accessories you make using this tutorial, so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂 or just use the tag #tutorialsbyemkie:)

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Happy sewing everyone!

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  • Reply
    Video DJ
    February 16, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Your tutorial was so helpful. It was well written and the photos were super helpful. Thanks for posting this.

    • Reply
      February 17, 2018 at 1:38 am

      I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂

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