DIY Tuck Lock Tutorial

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I’ve provided a Free PDF Instruction Card, Video Tutorial, and Picture Tutorial for you to learn how to quickly and easily install a beautiful, professional-looking tuck lock.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial and learn something useful to use in your own bag making.

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Purchase all of the components to create one tuck lock closure by clicking the button below!  Tuck locks are perfect for making locking purses, backpacks, and handbags!  They are easy to open and close; just slide the latch in to close, and press the button to unlatch.

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This Month’s Free Download!

Click to download the November 2016 Instruction Card: The Tuck Lock.

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Start your Collection of Free Instruction Cards!  These instruction cards are meant to be a convenient way for you to find information while you’re sewing.  They’re perfect for taking to retreats and classes, or keep a set in your sewing area!  Print off a set for your sewing friends (they make a great gift)!

Each month I will release a new instruction card – either on how to install a new piece of bag hardware, or a sewing technique.  Each card is 5 1/2″ square.  I would recommend to print them on card stock, and even laminate them to keep them in good condition.

Video Tutorial

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Picture Tutorial

Mark the placement points for the top and base of the lock according to your pattern’s instructions.  See parts of a tuck lock below.

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Parts of a Tuck Lock.
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According to your placement points, slip the top edge of the spring button onto the edge of the finished flap or strap. Mark the side holes of the spring button. Remove the spring button.
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Use a seam ripper, scissors, or awl to open up the holes.
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Slide the spring button back into place, lining up the holes, and insert the pronged bar through the side holes, from front to back.
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On the back, bend both prongs towards the center of the unit.
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According to your placement points, place the washer on the base portion of your project. Mark the holes.  Remove the washer.
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Use a seam ripper, scissors, or awl to open up the holes.
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Insert the prongs of the base plate through the holes from the front to the back. Flip over the project.
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Add scrap of batting or interfacing by pushing it over the prongs.
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Slip the washer over the prongs.
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Bend both prongs towards the center of the unit.
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Your tuck lock is ready to use! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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