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. 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
This project is for all levels.
Skill Level- 1 Button
- 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangle of woven fabric
- sewing machine
- iron and ironing board
- Fold and press fabric rectangle in half lengthwise to expose the “pretty” side of fabric.
- Open it back up and fold each side to the center; press.
- Trim the ends of the zipper tail to just below the “stopper”. *Note do not cut off the bottom stopper!
- Slip the zipper end in between the folded fabric to create a sandwich. Pin in place.
- Straight stitch along the edge. Trim off ends of fabric from zipper tab.
- 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.
- 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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