First of all, there are 4 parts to a functioning snap. There is a socket and ring prong on one side of the snap and a stud and ring prong on the other side. And our tool of choice to attach the snaps? The Hammer Tool.
Below, we have attached two sets of snaps, and just need one more set to be able to close the fabric together.
So, on the top piece of the fabric, we placed one of the ring prong piece on the top side of the fabric.
Afterwards, push it through to the other side. Can you see the little prongs poking through on this side of the fabric? (You don’t have to push the prongs through before continuing, but we always do. This just assures that the prongs are pushed through in the right spot and won’t shift before we're able to hammer it in place.)
Then, we placed the stud piece (or you can do the socket piece first, doesn’t matter) right on top of the prong pieces poking out. The prongs will fit into the grooves on the under side of the stud (and socket) piece.
Then, we placed the hammer tool right on top of the stud piece.
Afterwards, hammer a few times. This secures the two piece together, clamping the fabric tightly between them.
Attach the other side of the snap the same way to the other piece of fabric, but place the prong piece on the under side of the fabric, with the prongs facing upward. Then place the socket piece on top of that and hammer down with your tool the same way. Now the 2 sides will snap into place, closing your pieces of fabric.
Pretty easy, right?
You can also purchase a pliers tool that will help you squeeze the snaps into place, without needing a hammer and the hammer tool.
Another option is to buy sew-able snaps. They come in plastic or metal and have little holes around the edges of the snaps so that you can hand stitch them in place. These are great if you don’t want to metal ring to show from the outside of the fabric.
You can also find the circular side of the prong pieces in different colors (to match the clothing better) or even a closed circle…..so it’s not a hollow circle ring from the outside. There are also pearl-y looking ones and fancy diamond covers to the top prong piece. It just depends on the look you’re going for and where you’ll be using them.
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