How to Attach a Snap Button

How to Attach a Snap Button

When the fabric around a button seems worn and you want to secure it in a new way, consider a snap. The easiest way to install a snap doesn't involve sewing, but rather using one of two tools that not everyone has handy: a hammer tool or a plier tool.

There are two sides to a snap: male and female. They both consist of two parts: the male (the stud and the ring prong) and the female (the socket and the ring prong). The stud "snaps" into the socket, which is the hollowed-out side; the prongs are what fasten both the stud and the socket to the fabric.

1 Determine and mark the placement of your snap.

How to Attach a Snap Button

2 Thread and knot a needle (follow Step 1 in How to Sew on a Button).

How to Attach a Snap Button

3 Lay the ball side of the snap on the inside hemmed edge of the layer of material that will overlap the other layer of material.

How to Attach a Snap Button

4 Holding the ball side of the snap in place, work from the back side of the material. Plunge the threaded needle through the fabric and one of the holes on the outer edge of the snap.

How to Attach a Snap Button

5 Sink the needle in at the outer rim of the snap. Keep the needle in between the outer layer of fabric and the layer to which the snap is being attached. This will hide the stitching from the right side.

How to Attach a Snap Button

6 Working with only one hole at a time, bring the needle up again along the outer edge of the snap next to the same hole your first stitch went through. Next, take the needle down again through the same hole. Repeat this process four or five times.

How to Attach a Snap Button

7 Repeat Steps 4 through 6 for every hole in the ball side of the snap. Move from one hole to the next by slipping your needle through the two layers of material.

How to Attach a Snap Button

8 Secure the stitches by making tiny knots close to the first series of stitches.

How to Attach a Snap Button

9 Rub tailor's chalk along the ball of the snap and overlap the edges of the garment the way they will lay when the garment is finished.

How to Attach a Snap Button

10 Press down on the ball firmly so that a chalk mark is transferred to the underlying layer of material to mark where the stud or socket half of the snap will be sewn on.

How to Attach a Snap Button

11 Center the stud or socket half over the chalk mark and hold it in place.

How to Attach a Snap Button

12 Repeat Steps 4 through 8, attaching the other side of the snap to the material.

How to Attach a Snap Button

Tools and Hardware

If using a hammer tool, position it so that when struck by a hammer (which you'll also need), the prongs bend around the stud or socket. If using a plier tool, fit the head of the pliers around the stud or socket opposite the prongs and squeeze in order to bend the prongs.

If you don't want to invest in the hammer or plier tools, or if you don't want the metal rings to show, a sew-on snap is the best option. This snap is best used in a place on a garment that won't be subjected to too much stress or strain. A snap is the best choice when one garment edge overlaps another, hiding the snap from view. What you see on the outside of the garment is smooth fabric with an edge.

Unlike the first snap defined in this section, the sew-on snap has two parts instead of four: the ball side (aka the stud side) and the socket side. Here's how to fasten a snap to your garments.

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