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Craft Ideas Using Zippers

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Zipper Flower Purse

Zippers can be used in creative ways to make pins, hair clips or for decorating clothing, purses, and bags. This guide contains craft ideas using zippers.

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Zipper Flower Purse

Zipper Flower PurseA purse with unusual trim.

Approximate Time: 5 hours

Supplies:

  • pattern for purse, I used McCall's 5599
  • interfacing
  • sewing thread
  • sewing machine
  • buckles for attaching strap
  • lining
  • metal zippers
  • fabric glue
  • needle

Instructions:

This purse has directions included in pattern. I think you could take any purse you buy that is rather plain and use this idea also. I have included everything that you need in the supplies to make the purse from scratch, but you certainly could use one that you have bought.

    The roses on it are made from metal zippers. You take a metal zipper, I think these were 12 inch length ones, and cut the stopper end off so they are separated. Now you have two pieces.

  1. You put them together on the short end to get enough length to gather them into a rose.
  2. Then you thread a needle with a double thread and run a gathering stitch on "tape" of the zipper.
  3. Sew the bottom as you go to form a rose.
  4. I used three lengths for the center rose, but the rest were all two lengths.

  5. Then take one length to make the trailing stem, cutting the "tape" close to the zipper.
  6. After you get all these done, glue them to the bag with fabric glue.

By Elaine from IA

Recycled Zipper Flower Pin

Use old zippers to create flowers for pins, shoe clips, photo frames, etc. I prefer the zippers with silver metal teeth, but the nylon zippers also work for this project.

Approximate Time: about 45 minutes

Supplies:

  • 26-inch zipper
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • 2-inch scrap of felt
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • pin back

Instructions:

  1. This project uses one side of a 26-inch zipper with silver metal teeth. Begin by unzipping the zipper and cutting the metal stop off the end so you can remove the zipper pull. I also cut the metal piece from the opposite end.
  2. Cutting stop off of zipper.

  3. Cut the zipper tape into 7 equal pieces and set 6 of them aside.
  4. Pieces of zipper.

  5. Begin rolling one piece to form the flower center, applying some hot glue periodically as you roll it up. Once that is done, set the center aside.
  6. Rolled flower center.

  7. Cut a circle from the 2-inch scrap of felt to form the flower base.
  8. To create the flower petals, add a dab of glue to one end of one of the pieces. Twist the other end around and place it on the glue to create a loop. Repeat this step with the remaining 5 pieces. Making petals. finished petals

  9. Now, glue to the flat ends of the petals to the center of the flower base.
  10. Adding petals to center base. All petals glued, view before adding center.

  11. Glue flower center to middle of flower petals.
  12. Finished flower pin.

  13. If creating a pin, flip the piece over and glue on a pin back. (Note: You could use the other half of the zipper to create more petals for a fuller flower.)

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

Craft Project: Zipper Hair Clippies

Pulled-apart zippers transform into funky hair clippies, sure to delight a girl or woman of ANY age!

Approximate Time: 15 minutes

Supplies:

  • hair clip
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue
  • zipper

Instructions:

Separate zipper into its two parts

Starting at one end, start rolling zipper onto itself and securing with hot glue

Continue gluing zipper into place, making loops and paisley shapes until length of zipper is reached

Make sure to roll the end upon itself as you did for the other end of the zipper to complete shape

Look for ways to bend the shapes together to make it compact and swirly; glue wherever needed to secure your desired design

Finish by hot-gluing hair clip to the back of your creation; adorn and smile!

By Brianna Southworth from Dutch Harbor, AK

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Questions

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Question: Zipper Flower Pin

Martha Stewart had a gal on the show that demonstrated the crafts she does with zippers (made into flowers that you can use as a broach or a hair accessory). I can't find it anywhere. I went to the Martha Stewart Living website and it's not there. She was on her show the week of Dec 21, '09. Can you help?

By Tori from Spokane Valley, WA


Most Recent Answer

By SavedByGrace [1]02/05/2010

Here it is with the video from Martha Stewart.
http://www.marthastewart.com/article/zipper-flower-pins

Question: Craft Ideas With Zippers

What can you make from lots of zippers?

I have an abundance of all kinds of zippers, different sizes and was wondering if anyone has any ideas of what crafty thing I could make from all these zippers. Something unusual that nobody else has. I sew all the time but hardly ever use these zippers. I make mostly things that are easy to make. Thanks for your feedback.

Marian from Danville, VA


Most Recent Answer

By Milenda (Guest Post)11/12/2007

Here in Milw, WI the fairs all had the zipper purses. They were really cool, as you could unzip the entire thing down to 1 strip! Then you just started zipping up and next thing you knew, it was a purse with a flap for a cover. ;p

But I've seen Pre-preteens with mini purses that were all zippers that one mom actually had a pocket for each zipper!I don't know if it opened in the middle at all. But there was over 10 pockets in it with all the zippers.

You can also make stuff an animals. (we made hot/cold packs out of them at our shelter) You open the back seam of a stuffed animal and take out all the stuffing.

For make an animal... you bag up the stuffing separate, then install the zipper along the back of the animal. It is then resold as stuff your own etc.. Most of the time they make accessories for the animals as well such as hats, clothing etc.

For a hot/cold pack... You make a bag out of cotton material that is filled with rice/cherry pits/beans/herbs whatever you want to use and sew it shut. This is then put n the stuffed animal and a zipper is sewn along the back of the animal. Now you can either freeze or heat in the microwave the hot/cold pack and still wash the stuffed animal when it gets dirty. This is great for animals that are new (babies) or older ones during the winter that need a bit of "heat" in bed etc. Also works for cold nights and you want something warm for your feet! I have also known a mom that uses the cold packs for her little ones when they have a fever. It helps to cool them down.

Animal purse/pouch. You can also sew a liner for the inside of the stuffed animal to turn it into a purse, or pj case. (my son uses it to put his book and night light in when he goes to bed so they don't disappear) Girls like when there is a handle on it to carry the animals around.