How to Install Rivets


Hi there! Remember the Caravan Tote + Pouch pattern? Well, today I’m sharing my tips and instructions on how to install handles using rivets. As part of Sew Mama Sew‘s Super Online Sewing Match II, the Caravan Tote is the project for the third round of the competition. I’m so excited to see how the talented contestants interpret this pattern. It’s always fun to see everyone’s creative twist on a project, that’s what I love most about sewing!

Using rivets in bag making can take your projects to a whole new level, and they look awesome with the Caravan Tote.

Please stop over to Sew Mama Sew today to view the full instructions and my tips on how to install rivets. p.s. you can totally do this!


In the past few years, I have spent hours and hours researching and sourcing hardware and straps. My patterns and book both include these resource links, plus more. It’s a search that I’ve been passionate about and have tried to learn as much as I can – and am still learning. I have personally used these shops and can verify that they sell high quality products.

Rivet supply sources:
Minkus Margo on etsy
Gold Star Tool

Leather Punch – Tandy Leather

Leather Handles (in my shop!)

8 thoughts on “How to Install Rivets

  1. Sona Jacob says:

    oooh! i have been waiting for this. thank you.

  2. Regina Roza says:

    Hi Anna….where did you get your rivet press? I’m shopping around a bit for one and I’m trying to get other sewist’s opinions first! Great tutorial 🙂

    1. Anna Graham says:

      hi Regina, I’ve added some links above. 🙂

  3. Gerrie Rosenfield says:

    Where can I buy leather for straps?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Gerrie, I provide direct links in my patterns, but I’ve added some above.

  4. Sandra W says:

    I would like to know where to buy leather handles and rivets.
    I know you once mentioned an etsy shop for the handles–I couldn’t find it on your blog–but I don’t recall anything about rivets. Thanks for your help.
    All of your bags are so beautiful.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Sandra, the links are provided in my patterns as well as a couple I’ve linked above. Thanks!

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