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.
Lay the zipper in the middle of the open seam and pin in place. Baste near the edges. Pull out the pins.
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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The mum of all trades says
A handy ‘how to’, I’ve pinned this one.
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Wow! This is amazing!! I’m one that is so intimidated by zippers. But this sounds very doable. I can visualize it and I’m going to do a zipper!!! Thank you! 🙂
Jennifer @Miss Maggie's Place says
yay thanks for the tutorial. I have not been brave enough to try a zipper yet. I was even thinking of getting lessons just to learn how to do it. lol
Great tutorial!! I haven’t done zippers either. I feel a little better about them now. Your blog makeover looks great!
Great tutorial. I have yet to be brave enough to try a zipper, but I just bought the zipper foot for my machine and it is time to try. I pinned your tutorial. Thanks!
Claiming Our Space says
Love the tutorial. I have yet to do any project with a zipper since they freak me out. 🙂 This make it seem less scary. Now I just need to get a zipper foot. (saw your post on Skip to my Lou)
Kelly at My Colorful Cottage says
I’m going to try it! it seems easy enough and I really want to make some pillow covers with a zipper but have been way too scared to try, thanks for the tutorial!
Sew Passionate says
It’s so nice to see someone else out there doing real sewing tutorials! I love to sew and my blog is mainly sewing tutorials….trying to inspire people to sew again. Great Tutorial!
Great tut! Zippers are so tricky! Thanks for sharing at Shine on fridays!