How to Apply Corners on Purse Flaps

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Metal corners add a nice finishing touch to a purse flap or wallet. One of my customers advised me that there is a bit of a learning curve involved in applying them. So, I thought I should write a tutorial to demonstrate a fairly easy way to install them.

First, gather your materials. You’ll need:

  • 2 metal corners.
  • Your project, ie, a purse flap or wallet on which to apply the corners.
    A strong, clear craft glue. I use E 6000, GS Hypo Cement also works well.
  • A Q-Tip
  • A hammer. You can use a wooden or hard rubber mallet if you prefer, I just use a regular old (and I think it really is old!) carpentry hammer, straight out of the toolbox.
  • A block of wood, a soft wood, like pine, works best.

Lay out the metal corners on your work table and identify the front and back sides:

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As you can see, the front side has a smooth, finished look. The back has two flanges at right angles to each other.

Now, put a drop of glue inside each corner:

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With your Q-Tip, spread the glue around the inside of each corner, giving them a thin, even coat. Put them aside and allow the glue to set up for about 10 minutes. After waiting 10 minutes or so the glue will still be tacky, but not oozy (is that even a word?)

Now, take the corners and position them on your project. In my case, it is a purse flap. Put them so that the front side is on the front of the flap, and the back side is on the back (I know, you didn’t need me to tell you that!):

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When the corner of your project piece is firmly sandwiched in the metal flap corner, take your block of wood and position it over just one of the flanges, like this:

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Now, hit the wood with your hammer. Don’t be afraid to hit it pretty hard. If you’re using a soft wood it won’t scratch the corner:

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Now, this will have bent one of the flanges inward, tightly enfolding your flap. This is what it will look like with just one of the flanges bent in:

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Now, turn your project ninety degrees and repeat the process on the other flange:

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When you’re done, it will look like this on the back:

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… and like this on the front:

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Now, just repeat the process on the other side, and you’re done!

Here’s the finished product. Front:

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… and back:

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I think it came out well. Now I just need to find the time to make a purse to which I can attach this lovely flap!

New Year, New Tutorial, Lots of Exciting New Things…

Oh what an unfaithful blogger I’ve been!  It’s mid-February and my last post was wishing you a happy holiday season!  Oh well, I’ll try to do better!  So far it has been a great new year here at Bagmaker Supply.  We have added hundreds of new items to our inventory (and there will be more every day.)    And … finally I’ve completed a new tutorial.  We started carrying zipper by the yard about a month ago, and I’m really excited about it.  You can make such nice purse zippers, much nice than the kind you see at the store.  And the best part is, they’re so much less expensive than the store-bought kind.  Tutorial 004_html_4d3e3b0

See?  Pretty nice, huh?  But I’ve noticed that some people are a little bit daunted by the prospect of making their own zipper.  Well, it does take a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it’s super-easy.  To demonstrate how to do it, I’ve put together this new tutorial with step-by-step instructions.  Soon you’ll be making your own zippers, start-to-finish, in ten minutes flat!

Unnaturally Excited About Purse Handles…

Yes I am.  We got in the coolest purse handles this past week.  I am especially enthused about this bead-able handle:

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I put the beads on it.  But you could give it tons of different looks, depending on how you embellish it.  How about this:

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Or this…?

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Oh, one more thing…if you NEED these bead-able handles, you can get them right here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/207271081/

Okay, I’ll stop now.  Besides, this week I’m going to be waxing rhapsodic over zippers… Yeah, I know, I have a real problem…sorry.

Ramp Up Your Bagmaking!

Adding a zipper lining pocket to a purse or tote bag definitely adds value.  This simple addition will make your bag more desirable and more salable.  Our new tutorial shows you an easy method of installing a zippered pocket.  It doesn’t take long to do, and it may mean the difference between selling and not selling your bag!

A New Tutorial…

I like doing these tutorials.  It gives me a guilt-free reason to sew. Although the tutorial part of it slows down the actual sewing considerably…having to take a picture at every step. Realizing I’ve forgotten to take picture of an important step, and therefore having to re-do the step, slows things down even more!  Oh well, I’ll get the hang of it … I hope.

Be Glad They Weren’t Selfies…

Yesterday I took 543 pictures. Nah, I didn’t actually count. But my camera did. It let me know the grand total when I downloaded them. Or maybe it was the computer cluing me in…do you wish to download 543 images? Yes, please. Would you like to caption them? Uhh…no thank you! I should explain: The other day a big heavy box of goodies arrived…new product for our store. After carefully receiving each piece and giving it an item number, I set about my photography duties. Now, Ansel Adams, I’m not. But I’m trying to be a passable tabletop photographer, and largely failing! Oh I suppose I’m okay at it, just okay. Impossibly shiny nickel plated hardware presents a lot of challenges to the photographer. I’ll be convinced that I’m capturing a piece just right, angling the lighting perfectly, catching a nice reflection, but diminishing the shadows. Then, magnified 8000 times on my computer screen, I’ll see it…..a tiny portrait of me, reflected in the shiny surface of a buckle. Yep, there I am, the camera obscuring much of my face, only the grim, frustrated but determined set of my mouth, revealing my identity and my disposition. So I guess I was taking selfies after all…

Our First Tutorial

So, I’d been touting our upcoming tutorial on social media, as Tutorial Tuesday. And then…yeesh, I didn’t actually post it on Facebook until Wednesday! Oh well, it couldn’t be helped. Our Word Press program kept crashing. But tech help arrived and we were able to get it up and running. So, click on the Tutorial link at the top of the page for The Absolute Beginner, a lined tote project. For those of you who don’t know, yes it is me in the photo. Sorry. Younger, cuter, more photogenic friends , family members and future family members (yes, that means you, Julie) were unavailable for modeling duties.

Welcome To Our Blog!

We’ve really been busy these last couple of weeks.  We’re trying to get Bagmaker Supply off the ground.  George has been working on applications for our website, I’ve been trying to complete several tutorials.  I’ve also been ordering new products.  That’s, of course, the fun part!  Browsing through catalogs, both on and offline.  Trying to imagine new, interesting ways to use various hardware items.  Spending money.  But trying to do so prudently, imagining what I would want to buy, trying to figure out what other people want to buy.  Negotiating with manufacturers, trying to always find the best value.  We want to be able to offer wholesale pricing to our customers.   Occasionally averting disaster.  I very nearly ordered ten dozen purse handles from a supplier abroad that, as it turns out,  has a reputation for often not actually shipping  orders once they have your money.   Live and learn!  I think that this incident has taught me to research everything very carefully before I commit.  I’m gearing up for Tutorial Tuesday, which will start tomorrow.