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Let's talk rivets - those little metal fasteners that pack a serious punch in bag making. They're not just for looks (though they do look pretty cool). Rivets are what turn a regular bag into a tough-as-nails carryall that'll last for years.

In our latest video, we're diving into all things rivets.



Want to see rivets in action? Check out our full Rivets 101 video above. We'll walk you through everything step-by-step. Here's what you need to know:

Two Rivet Types to Know 🔩
  1. Tubular Rivets: These are the heavyweights. Use them where you need serious strength, like attaching backpack straps. They need a special tool to set, but they're worth the extra effort.

  2. Double Cap Rivets: These two-part rivets are common in bag making. While they might look simpler, they require just as much skill to set properly. They're versatile and great for various applications.

Picking the Right Rivet 🤔

Choosing rivets isn't rocket science, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • How thick is your material?
  • How much stress will this spot take?
  • What look are you going for?

Pro Tip: Match your rivet length to your material thickness. You want the stem sticking out about 1/16 to 1/8 inch. Get this right, and you'll avoid wonky rivets that can mess up your bag's strength and looks.

Why Rivets Rock 🤘

Rivets let you add leather to your bags without having to sew through it (your sewing machine will thank you). They're perfect for attaching straps, reinforcing stress points, or just adding some industrial chic to your design.

Plus, let's be real - there's something incredibly satisfying about setting rivets. Need to blow off some steam? Grab your mallet and go to town on those rivets. It's a great way to get your aggressions out while making something awesome. Win-win! 😉

Sure, you'll need a few special tools, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be riveting everything in sight. Trust us, your bags (and your stress levels) will never be the same.

Ready to up your rivet game? Grab our Bag Maker's Guide to Leather + Rivets for even more tips and tricks. Click here to download it for ✨FREE .

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