Chicago screws consist of a post and a cap that, once screwed together in place, are used to reinforce or adorn straps, handles, or thick areas on bags, backpacks, and wallets. This hardware is extremely durable, and looks great from both sides!
Chicago screws are much more beginner-friendly than rivets since they simply screw together and don't require any setting tools. All you need to do is cut a hole and *screw in place with a screw driver!
*For extra reinforcement add a few drops of permanent glue to the inside of the post before screwing in place.
A Rotary Punch or Mini Fabric Punch are very helpful for cutting holes through multiple layers of fabric for the Chicago screws.
A prime pattern to use Chicago screws for support on is the Evelyn Bag! Since the pattern originally released, I've written this Pattern Hack to add additional support with Chicago screws!
After the bag is completely assembled, simply take four small Chicago screws and install one at each corner of the Accent, just below the zipper topstitching and about 1/4" in from the Accent edge. This will prevent the optional handles and hardware from folding forward and maintain this bag's sleek shape.
Fashionable and functional, you’ll love how the Evelyn bag can elevate any look while not compromising utility. This medium-sized bag can be carried crossbody, or add our Grommet Strap Connectors to also carry as a handbag. Inside this bag’s roomy interior is a slip pocket and zipper pocket for easy organization.
I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial and pattern hack! Share photos of your project using Sallie Tomato hardware with #sallietomato!
Have a creative day!
Founder of Sallie Tomato
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