DIY Zipper Pull Tutorial – Super Easy!

This post was originally published at MomItForward.com on April 12, 2012.

Today I’m going to show you how to easily fix a broken zipper with:

 These will work for a zipper that’s pull has snapped in half, or off totally, or just as a way to add a little spice to a non-broken zipper!
 
To get started you are going to want to gather the following supplies:
A sheet of felt
Thin Ribbon
Batting (optional)

Let’s get started!

First you need to cut out the shape for your pull.  I folded the felt in half so that I cut through both layers.  Any shape will work, but remember, we have to sew these together and they’re pretty small, so less complicated is better.
Cut a 3″ strip of ribbon and thread it through the zipper.  On the above zipper, the pull broke in half, so I was able to utilize a portion of the existing metal pull.  If the metal pull totally came off, just loop it through the hole on the part of the zipper that actually closes the teeth (anyone have a name for that!?).

Next take a teeny-tiny amount of stuffing and sandwich between the two layers.  This is totally optional, I just like to give my zipper pull a little puffy look.

 Place the ribbon between the two pieces of felt (in with the stuffing).

 Pin it all together and carefully sew around the outer edges.

That’s it!  Now you don’t have to fuss around with that broken zipper, it moves just as smoothly as before!
 
These are great for jackets, backpacks and hoodies!
Happy Creating! ~Kim

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