Covered Snaps Lend a Touch of Couture

comments (4) August 15th, 2008     

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Cover large snaps with fabric for an elegant, couture touch.
Each snap has two parts: male and female.
Cut a circle from lighweight fabric and sew running stitches around the outer edge.
Cover large snaps with fabric for an elegant, couture touch.

Cover large snaps with fabric for an elegant, couture touch.

Photo: Mary Ray

Sometimes the word “couture” implies difficult and time consuming. It denotes quality in the workmanship and, very often, couture techniques are quite easy to do. A good example is the covered snap. In just an extra minute or two, you can add this elegant touch to a garment or accessory. I used a snap to close the Yo-Yo Clutch I made for a previous post. Here’s a 1-2-3 tutorial on how to do it. (In fact, covering a snap is almost the same process as making a fabric yo-yo.)


Each snap has two parts: male and female.

1. Cut a circle of lightweight fabric about twice the diameter of the snap. Sew a row of running stitches near the edge of the circle.


After cutting a circle from lightweight fabric, sew running stitches around the outer edge.

2. Work a small hole in the center of the fabric and push the ball through it.


In the center of the circle, make a small cut and work the ball through it.

3. Pull up the thread to cover the snap. Then secure it in place to your garment.


Pull up the stitches, wrapping the fabric around the snap.

4. Work the female section of the snap in the same way. “Snapping” the sections together will push the fabric into the hole on this section.

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Comments (4)

lysti writes: thanks for the tip. such a good idea.
Posted: 1:52 am on August 19th
cherree writes: Such a wonderful tip! I will definitely use this one.
Thanks for sharing.
Posted: 8:35 pm on August 18th
SusanElizabeth writes: Great idea!
Posted: 3:14 pm on August 15th
JenniferStern writes: Hi Mary,
What a great technique!!! When it comes to closures for garments I'm working on, I usually shy away from snaps because I don't like the way they look...this is the perfect solution, I can't wait to try it!
Posted: 8:37 am on August 15th
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