DIY Flip Lock Tutorial

Flip Lock

Enjoy this DIY Flip Lock tutorial to learn how to install a functional, flip lock on any bag!

Attaching a flip lock allows you to secure your bag closed. It also makes for a professional touch! Add a flip lock to clutches, wallets, handbags, and more. Flip locks are available in silver, light gold, antique, and gunmetal black finish. This flip lock is assembled with prongs and screws.

I’ve provided Free PDF Instructions, a Video Tutorial, and a Picture Tutorial for you to quickly and easily learn. I hope you enjoy these tutorials and learn something useful to use in your own bag making.



  • Flip Unit (attaches to right side of bag body)
  • Washer (attaches to wrong side of bag body)
  • Face Plate (attaches to right side of flap)
  • Back Plate (attaches to wrong side of flap)
  • Screws (attach to wrong side of flap)
  • Marking Pen
  • Small Screw Driver
  • Seam Ripper or Small Scissors
  • Fray Stop or Glue



1) Make sure your project is properly interfaced and stabilized before beginning. Start by aligning the prongs of the flip unit over the holes in the washer. Make note of which holes the prongs poke through.

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2) Center the washer over the bag body where the flip unit will be inserted. Then, mark the holes of the washer where the prongs poked through.

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3) Next, use a seam ripper to cut a slit at each mark.

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4) Apply fray stop or glue to each slit.

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5) Insert the prongs of the flip unit through the slits from the right side to the wrong side.

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6) On the wrong side, place the washer over the prongs and bend the prongs away from the center of the washer.

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7) On the wrong side of the flap, center the back plate where the plates will be inserted. Mark the inside of the back plate and screw holes.

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8) Use a seam ripper or small scissors to cut 1/8” away from the markings. Cut diagonally up to the outside edge of each screw mark. Remove the cut section completely.

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9) Insert the face plate through the opening on the flap
from the right side to the wrong side.

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10) Make sure the hole is large enough so that the fabric does not show through the center opening and the screw holes are exposed. Trim if necessary. On the wrong side, add fray stop or glue to the raw edges of the hole.

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11) Also on the wrong side of the flap, center the back plate over the hole and align the screw holes. Screw plates together.

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12) And you’re done! Insert the flip through the plates and fold it down to close the lock. Enjoy your gorgeous lock!

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