How to Make Zipper Tabs
Learn how to shorten a zipper and then sew fabric tabs to each end of the zipper to give it some more color and style. I used it in this popular coin purse pattern, and it made a huge difference!
First, for those of you who prefer video how-tos, here’s a video slide-show for you:
And for those of you who you prefer written instructions, read on: This tutorial will show you how to shorten zippers and add zipper tabs, and how to sew in zippers the neat way (no more pinched ends of your zippy pouches!)
You’ll be able to use this on ALL your future sewing projects involving zippers! Makes any pouch, bag, clutch or purse look neat and nice. Let’s start:
This is what you’ll need to add zipper tabs and shorten your zipper:
- a (longer than needed) standard nylon coil zipper
- 2 pieces of scrap fabric for tabs (2 inch by 1.5 inch each)
- sewing machine /needle
- sewing thread
- measuring tape (so cute, find a similar one here on Etsy!)
To make it even easier, I’ve split the steps into three sections: Make zipper tabs, Shorten the zipper, and Attach zipper tabs. Nice and easy:
1) Make Zipper Tabs
1. Place your 2 by 1.5 inch piece wrong-side-up.
2. Fold in half crosswise. Press, then open again.
3. Fold the upper side to the center crease – and do the same with the lower side.
4. Fold again along the original center and press.
Repeat with the second piece.
No stitching yet. You’ll slide these two pieces on each end of the zipper.
2) Shorten the Zipper
Adjust zipper length: decide on the desired gross length of the zipper for your project.
1. Make sure the zipper pull is within the area you’ll use and won’t be cut off.
3. On the other end, cut off the excess zipper length.
4. Secure the end of the zipper
This is how to secure the end of the zipper:
Hand-stitch very close to the end of the zipper where you snipped off the excess zipper. (¼ inch from the end or LESS.)
(I’d say you can machine-stitch it, but hand-stitching is a lot easier in this case!)
3) Attach Zipper Tabs
2) Use pins to hold the tabs in place.
You’ll remove them one by one as you sew.
Never stitch over any metal parts (stoppers), as it might damage the needle.
See how neat and clean a tabbed zipper looks here:
Isn’t it cute!
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