Zippers can be so intimidating. I know I’ve by-passed projects before just because they’ve had a zipper! If you find zippers scarier than a ghost on Halloween, the only thing to help is practice! I actually went to the thrift store and bought several old zippers in the craft section for a dime a piece as practice zippers. Practice will help boost your confidence tremendously!
RIGHT sides together, baste the two pieces of fabric that will contain the zipper using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Press the seam open.
Lay the zipper in the middle of the open seam and pin in place. Baste near the edges. Pull out the pins.
Turn the project over to the right side and stitch 1/4″ away from the basted seam on each side.
Use a seam ripper to pull out all the basting and open the seam to reveal the zipper.
Complete whatever project as instructed by the pattern or tutorial.
A working zipper~ Yay!!!! Granted, this was a wayyy simple tutorial showing the easiest method to insert a zipper into a beginner project. I am not a zipper guru and there definitely may be different and better ways to go about it, especially for advanced projects. Hopefully, though, demonstrating a simple zipper will encourage you to try it out for yourself!
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