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.
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 -
and not forgetting (which I had)
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!