How to sew a zipper tab to reduce bulk on the side seams of any zipper pouch you make from now on. It’s an easy how-to for beginners that will make your sewing better, easier, and your zipper pouches (like this one) look so cute! Check it out!
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- How To Make A Hanging Storage Basket
- Mini Pouch Free Pattern
- How To Sew A Cosmetic Bag – Free Template
- 2 pieces 4.5″ x 1″ (11.5cm x 2.5cm) fabric for zipper tabs
- a standard nylon coil zipper, (width 1″ and min 7″ useful length between stoppers)
- thread (I like this one by Gütermann)
- scissors or rotary cutter+cutting mat
- sewing machine
How To Sew A Zipper:
First, for those of you who like video tutorials, I’ve made a video slide-show just to make it easier for you. Check it out:
Add Zipper Tabs – Tutorial
Secure the ends by hand-stitching at 1/8 inch from the planned cut.
Then snip off the excess zipper. This means you’ll also cut off the metal stoppers.
ZIPPER LENGTH hint: Take into the acount that the tabs will extend the raw zipper length by 3 inch if you use the tabs as long as stated above (i.e. 4.5″)
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2) Fold each of the two fabric tabs in two and press RST (right side together).
3) Slide them on each end of the cut-off zipper.
4) Pin or use wonder clips to hold in place.
5) Machine stitch using a 3/8 inch (=1cm) seam allowance.
6) Then fold the sewn pieces back as shown in the photo above and finger-press. Then topstitch using a SA of 1/8 or a bit wider, but no wider than 1/4″. You’ll catch the zipper when topstitching.
7) Repeat on the other side of the zipper. Done!
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You can add zipper tabs to this one too!