Much of the charm of fine sewing (and by charm I mean not only beauty, but wearability and effectiveness) lies in the details – and here’s a nice way to finish off snaps.
Certainly, covered snaps can be purchased, but you’re limited in size and color (they’re fairly large, and there’s not much of a color range). Fortunately, covering your own is easy enough – and I’ll show you how.
You’ll need the following supplies: a snap, a pair of one-inch squares of fabric, beeswax, a needle and thread, sharp scissors, and an awl.
Choose a fabric that’s pliable yet firmly woven; silk crepe de chine and silk charmeuse are ideal.
Begin by covering the with the male part of the set – it’s a little easier to control. Make a hole for the ball part of the snap with an awl. While it’s tempting to cut a little “x” into the fabric, making the hole with an awl is better. The fabric is going to be pulled awfully tight, and if the fabric were cut, the fibers would begin to pull apart under tension. If you don’t have an awl, you can use the points of your smallest, sharpest scissors to make the hole (keep the blades closed as you work).
Once the hole has been made (and don’t make it any larger than you have to), use your fingernails to force the ball through.
Then, make a little pouch by using your thread to create a drawstring.
Much of this fabric will shortly be trimmed away, but having something to hang onto as you cover the snap is a good idea. As you finish with the drawstring, orient your final stitch so that the end of the thread is to…