jewel strap anchor tutorial

I have really been loving the look of adding purse hardware to my bags.  One of the newest items available on the website are the Jewel Strap Anchors.  I added them to a Cailey Handbag (pattern coming this summer!) for my booth at quilt market where I debuted my first fabric line Gypsy.  Follow below for step by step instructions!

First you’ll need to gather some tools: Your Jewel Anchors which come in a pack of 4 in 3 different finishes, a seam ripper, tweezers, glue, a pen or pencil and a ruler.

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Before marking or attaching the anchors you will need to remove the protective plastic wrap.  I have found that by using my scalpel seam ripper and tweezers that I can get the plastic off.  I run my seam ripper against the hardware as shown below to score the plastic then pull it off with the tweezers.

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On the back side of the bag front (fusible fleece side up) find the center and mark. Next draw a line horizontally 2″ down from the top. Measure out 2.5″ on either side of the center and draw a line – the lines will be 5″ apart.  Note: If you are using these on a bag that does not have fusible fleece I would recommend adding a layer of fleece even if it’s just behind the anchors.  The weight of the bag is supported by these so you don’t want to tear the fabric.

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Place two washers as shown 3/8″ apart. Mark inside each washer on the 3rd notch from each end with a pen or pencil.  Repeat on opposite side.

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Using your seam ripper, cut out each mark from the back through to the front. The back of the hardware has 4 prongs to attach to the washers so be sure to cut the slits large enough for the prongs to fit.

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I like to add some glue to the back of the hardware for extra durability. My glue of choice is Gutermann HT2 but you can also use E6000. You want a strong, fast drying, metal to fabric compatible glue.

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Before adding the washer I use a small scrap of interfacing or fleece to add some extra cushion.  Next add the washer and fold the prongs onto each other.  Repeat with all 4 anchors.  Sew the handles on, as directed in the pattern, by looping through the anchor, folding the edge under and stitching in place.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. All hardware, glue and scissors can be found on the website!

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