How to Fix A Broken Zipper

See how to fix a broken zipper using this easy zipper hack, and see what to you do when a zipper pull breaks. The solution is simple and involves a single piece of a ribbon. Take a look!

how to fix a broken zipper

Here's an easy hack to fix a broken zipper pull on your favorite jacket.

I used to attach a paper clip as a quick way out when my zipper pull broke, but attaching a paper clip or a safety pin does not work as a long-term solution, as it is neither pretty nor safe. Especially not with kids clothing.

The solution is extremely simple and involves a single piece of a ribbon. To fix your zipper, you'll only need 10 cm of a 5 millimeter wide satin ribbon. You know, the it's-soo-beautiful kind of gift wrapping satin-like ribbon? Yees, that one. I'm sure you already have it at hand and won't need to run to the craft store to get it.

how to fix a broken zipper


Save the money and the jacket, following these few easy steps:

  1. Choose a matching color of the ribbon and cut a 10 centimeter length of it.
  2. Pull it through the zipper slider so it's exactly half way through.
  3. Sew the two ends together as seen in 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

And yes, I too used a paper clip on this 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.