Zipper Tabs & Anatomy 101

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Sometimes, it is hard to find the exact zipper needed in your for a project.  So, I thought it would be fun to share an easy trick for reducing zippers.  But first, let’s explore the anatomy of a nylon zipper. Learn how to reduce a zipper and the anatomy of a nylon zipper on The Sewing Loft When trying to reduce the size of a zipper, it is important to understand all the working “parts”. (aka- zipper anatomy)  This will help keep you out of trouble later.

How to Create Zipper Tabs

 

Zipper tabs are functional, plus add a creative detail. Learn how to reduce a zipper and the anatomy of a nylon zipper on The Sewing Loft

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button

Supplies:

  • zipper
  • 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangle of woven fabric

Tools:

  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors
  • iron and ironing board

Basic Instructions:

  1. Fold and press fabric rectangle in half lengthwise to expose the “pretty” side of fabric.
  2. Open it back up and fold each side to the center; press.
  3. Trim the ends of the zipper tail to just below the “stopper”.  *Note do not cut off the bottom stopper!
  4. Slip the zipper end in between the folded fabric to create a sandwich.  Pin in place.
  5. Straight stitch along the edge.  Trim off ends of fabric from zipper tab.
  6. Open zipper slightly and repeat steps 3 & 4.  Be sure to line up the zipper straight across the top opening before attaching the zipper tab.

Zipper tabs are functional, plus add a creative detail. Learn how to reduce a zipper and the anatomy of a nylon zipper on The Sewing Loft

Additional Notes:

  • Go SLOW when stitching over the coil part of zipper.  If the needle hits the zipper coil too fast it could snap and break.
  • Consider stitching the fabric twice for security.

Zipper tabs are the perfect little detail for small pouches.  Sometimes, even if the zipper is the right size, I will make it smaller just to add the tabs.  I just love the added punch of color!  Interested in putting your new sewing skill to the test?  Then you won’t want to miss my zipper pouch round-up.  This round-up includes some of the cutest free tutorials on the web.

 

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Comments

  1. Great tutorial! How is it that zippers in our stash are rarely the right size? I’ve linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-finish-zipper-ends-with-zipper-tabs/2013/10/15/
    –Anne

  2. thanks…great instructions

  3. i have made hundreds of fabric zippered pouches for charity and this is exactly how i finish my zipper ends. Makes everything look very tidy and gives the pouch an upscale boutique look!

  4. Hi, I need to put in a zipper in hubby’s casual knit pants. The front fly type.
    He is in a wheelchair, can’t stand up. I do alot of sewing, but putting in a front fly like regular
    mens slacks not knit, I don’t know how to do it. need some help

    Please help
    Thank you,
    Ruth

  5. This simple trick is great.

  6. VERY EASY

  7. Betty Mittelholz says:

    great info. Can hardly wait to try it

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