How to Fix A Broken Zipper Pull

What do you do when a zipper pull breaks? Especially with kids clothing, attaching a paper clip or a safety pin does not work as it is not safe. (Nor pretty, for that matter.) The solution is simple and involves a single piece of a ribbon. Have a look!

how to fix a broken zipper pull

You'll only need 10 cm of a ..say 5 milimeter wide satin ribbon. You know, the it's-soo-beautiful kind of gift wrapping satin-like ribbon? Yees, that one.

how to fix a broken zipper pull


You can save the money and the jacket, following these few easy steps:

  1. Choose the color (yeey!) and cut a 10 centimeter length of the ribbon.
  2. Pull it through the zipper slider so it's exactly half way through.
  3. Sew the two ends together as seen on the photo, two or three times. Use a very dense zigzag stitch. 

Make the seams thick and bulky on purpose, as this will ensure that it stays nicely between the finger and the thumb when zipping and unzipping the jacket.

Just too many words for such an easy tutorial, right?

how to fix a broken zipper pull

And yes, I too used a paper clip on that broken zipper for ages, before figuring out this easy hack. :)

Happy sewing!

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  1. Simple solution. Thanks for sharing :-)

  2. Wow, was just about to take my jacket to the cleaners for a new zipper. Trying this tonight. Have lots of ribbon around the house!

  3. Cute & smart solution! Thanks.


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