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Having have read Chris’s tutorial on using rivets on bags, I decided it was time to have a go!

When I made the Josy Clutch (www.ithinksew.com) I decided I would use rivets to fix the handles, and just sewed them on temporarily.  I googled all over the place looking for 6mm double cap rivets in the U.K. with no success.  I only found them in the Far East, through e-bay or Etsy. So I eventually chose some and ordered them through Etsy and settled back to wait the 10 – 25 days suggested.

While I was waiting for the rivets, I sat and looked at my Josy bag, and decided I wanted to make some changes.  

  1. I’m not happy with this lining and pocket, so I want to change them.
  2. I want to use lobster clasps on the handle instead of the gate hinge rings (blame this on making the Zip and Go bag!)
  3. I want to shorten the tabs, and at the same time fit the D rings for the lobster clasps
  4. I want to try to decorate the flap with some wool hand embroidery!

Then when the rivets turned up (after only 2 weeks) I found I had ordered single caps by mistake!  Okay if they were going to be hidden inside, but they aren't.

Undeterred I had another go, and ordered these definitely double cap ones from another Etsy seller called Popstuffs, as she had these cute flower magnet snaps I wanted to try and I am now waiting for them to arrive.

Whilst browsing a few days later, I found rivets by Prym on Amazon UK.  I knew they made jean rivets, but these are definitely for handbag handles as they are illustrated on the packet.  Great!  Unfortunately the seller wanted £25 to post them to me from Germany!  I was not prepared to pay that, so I googled ‘Prym rivets UK’ and found them from www.fabric-dreams.co.uk.   Wunderbar!

However, it turns out that despite the name, they are in fact in Germany, but are happy to ship to the UK for only £6.80, which was a lot better than £25!

These ‘tubular’ rivets come in 3 sizes, 3-4 mm, 4-6 mm and 6-9 mm so I ordered one of each.  Including postage they cost me £20.52.  That was on Wednesday 7th August, and they arrived Friday 9th, just as I was leaving for a trip to the fabric shop in Norwich.

 

I was going in to buy the lining fabrics ready for my faux leopard skin coat, and what did I find hanging on the wall?  Prym Tubular Rivets!  They run workshops with an on-line site, but the shop does not sell on-line, so I would have had to drive in to get them.  Well, at least I know where I can get more now.  I came home with a lot of new goodies to play with, and still have those rivets and flower magnetic snaps to come from Hong Kong (and a new ‘old style’ narrow zipper foot, but that’s another story!)

So today I messed around with my new Prym rivets.  I tried them out but didn’t have the setting tool and anvil Chris had, just a cutting tool and flat anvil for making the h***.  So unfortunately the caps were all very slightly dented on the back, despite having covered them to try and soften the blow!  I used them on the handles I have made for this recycled jeans tote bag I am still working on.  

I am pleased with them although I am a little disappointed about the denting.  Tonight I have sent a message to Popstuffs with a link to Chris’s tutorial,  asking if they can supply me with a similar anvil and setting tool to Chris's as once again I can't find them in the UK.

 

Then I moved on to storing them, as I don’t trust the packets once they are open.  I had picked up a 4 compartment Bead Storage box during my shopping trip, and decided to use that.   I cut the labels from the packs and stuck them in the lids with double sided tape.  The tools and instructions fit in the 4th compartment.  It’s so neat, I find that very satisfying…. is that sad?

So yes at the moment I am -

  • awaiting my double cap rivets (and magnetic flower catches)
  • awaiting a reply about getting a rivet anvil and setting tool
  • starting work on re-lining my vintage leopard skin coat
  • creating a new tote bag from bits of old jeans (with riveted handles)
  • re-working my Josy Clutch (with riveted handles)
  • planning on making a denim version of the Zip and Go Bag

and not forgetting (which I had)

Plus

  • I have enrolled for 3 workshops locally (patchwork, cloth dyeing, pyjamas)
  • I have enrolled for several Craftsy courses

I think that’s a bit too long to fit in the “What are you sewing today” box don't you?  I am having so much fun and will have lots to post about in the coming weeks/months

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