Snap Fastener Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

When it comes to designing your own clothing, you have to figure out a way to close the garments, such as a pair of jeans or a shirt. While buttons or Velcro provide two viable options, snap fasteners will also do the job well. They date back to the 1800s, and there are actually two different types of snap fasteners currently on the market. One is called the "post" style, while the other is the "prong" style. The post is a small post that punches through the fabric, while the prong has sharp teeth that dig through the fabric to attach to the garment. Either style can be used on a variety of fabrics such as leather, cotton or denim. They manner in which each style is affixed is virtually the same.

Determine the placement of the fasteners. The adage of "measure twice, cut once" can be applied in this scenario. Make sure you measure exactly where you want the snap fastener located on the fabric. While a pair of trousers might be more forgiving, snap fasteners on the front of a shirt must be exact.

Select the size of the snap fastener. Snap fasteners come in various sizes. For instance, you might use a larger snap fastener on the outside of a leather jacket than you would use in lieu of buttons on a dress shirt. The choice depends on the style you are creating.

Make a small hole with your needle or awl for the post-style snap fastener. (This step will be omitted for prong-version fasteners.) Again, depending on the material and size of the post-style snap fastener, the size of the hole might need to be smaller or larger. Pierce the fabric in the centre of where the snap fastener will rest.

Place the bottom of the post-style snap fastener in the bottom of the snap fastener pliers or press.

Place the fabric on top of the pliers or press so it is resting just above the bottom of the snap fastener.

Insert the top of the fastener to the pliers or press.

Squeeze down on the pliers or press so the snap fastener affixes to the garment.

Repeat the process with the female or male end of the snap fastener. Remember that snaps essentially have four parts, two of which make up the female end and two of which make up the male end. After the first is affixed to the garment, the second must be affixed on the corresponding piece of fabric so the garment may be properly closed.

Things You'll Need

  • Snap fastener (prong or post style)
  • Awl or thick needle (prong style)
  • Snap fastener pliers, or press
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