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Posted on: 10/6/06 3:06 PM
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Covered snaps are a lovely detail that is very simple to add to your garment. Covering the snap makes it much less obvious, and can make it almost invisible.

Snaps are not often called for in pattern instructions, and not used too often in RTW anymore, but there is nothing that will assure the exact placement of an edge or closure like a snap. You need something else to take the strain of a waistline for example, but a hook to hold it, and then a snap at the very edge or corner, so that the band sits perfectly is a special touch.

To cover your snap, cut a circle of the fabric you want to use. Lining fabric is often used, and a thin fabric is best. (If you suspect your fabric may be too thick, put a piece of fabric between the snap halves and try to snap them. If they won't stay shut reliably, try a thinner fabric.) Poke the "point" of the snap through your fabric. You may have to push aside the threads with an awl or large needle, or it may just go through on its own. Fold the fabric to the back of the snap and take a few stitches to hold it in place. Place your snap on your garment and stitch in place. You may stitch through the snap holes and the covering fabric, or just through the fabric. I usually try to hit the holes as well.

When you have this done, cover the female half of the snap the same way. You do not have to make a hole in this fabric circle. Put on your garment and put some chalk on the snap protuberance. Push it against the garment where you want the other half of the snap, and it will mark the correct position. Attach the second half of the snap, and there you are!

This is a really good method to use for a secure closure when you are using buttons that are too large for rational use. Click Here for a photo of such a button which has a covered snap inside the closure.

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Karen6790 said... (7/28/08 11:18 PM) Reply
Perfect. I want to use covered snaps on my Lined Jacket for the upcoming contest and this is the first good explanation I've found. Thanks!
Athene said... (5/18/08 11:01 PM) Reply
A wonderful tip which I hope to incorporate in some of the items I sew.
crochetmama said... (12/23/06 3:51 AM) Reply
Liana, I am just in awe! I am very new to this site and just "discovered" you. Your talent, your eye for detail and color, the way you stand while modeling your beautiful clothing. You look just like a Vogue model in these beautiful clothes you've created. I love how you show your new outfits with all the accessories. Your outfits are classic - the kind that are in fashion all the time. And I'd never heard of embellishment (for the felt) before, and those purses are incredible. Thank you for posting and sharing your tips. Wow oh wow. From a new fan in North Dakota. -Crochetmama
CSM--Carla said... (10/10/06 9:43 AM) Reply
WHAT a fantastic idea! Thanks for the tutorial, Liana!! I'll save this a favorite. Know I'll need it soon! Carla
utz said... (10/8/06 5:03 PM) Reply
Let's hear it for snaps!
Sew it seams said... (10/7/06 11:32 PM) Reply
Thank you Liana. That is a wonderful idea and great instructions.
nancy2001 said... (10/7/06 3:01 PM) Reply
Thanks, Liana. This is a simple technique that can add a high end look to any garment.
Rhoda K said... (10/6/06 6:00 PM) Reply
Ditto all the above! You are quite a talent!
Kay Y said... (10/6/06 5:23 PM) Reply
Thank you for this - I love the look of those snaps. I'm going to try this sometime soon!
carolynw said... (10/6/06 4:46 PM) Reply
Thanks a million Liana - your jacket was as we all said beautiful but glad to know I was not the only one needing to know how to cover the snaps for that added cuture look
Vonnevo said... (10/6/06 4:21 PM) Reply
An excellent tutorial Liana and thanks for taking the time to share with everyone. The little finishing touches really make a garment look special.
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