Replacing a Zipper Pull

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August 25, 2010

Replacing a Zipper PullIf your zipper pull breaks or comes off and you need an emergency replacement, a paperclip will work. Years ago, my down coat zipper pull came off and the only way I was able to get my coat off was to use a paperclip!


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July 13, 2017

The pull tab breaking off is one of the most common problems we encounter on our zippers. I was at the office for the whole day and accidentally lost the pull tab on my wallet. It's the only way you can open and close the wallet. I just grabbed a small paper clip and inserted it as my pull tab.

Use a Paper Clip for Missing Zipper Pull Tab - small paper clip used in place of original pull tab

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January 25, 2011

Is it possible to replace a broken zipper pull without replacing the entire zipper?

By Chrissie from Racine, WI


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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

I used a heavy paperclip. Can you find one from an old jacket? You should be able to bend it with needle nose pliers.

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

If it is the pull itself that broke, and the "loop" it was hooked into is still there, you can use a paperclip, a loop of string/cord, a small piece of ball chain, or a lanyard type hook with a decorative pull on it.


However, if the loop on the zipper part is what broke, you won't be able to hook anything on as a pull. Then you will have trouble, and will probably have to replace the zipper.

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful

You can go to a fabric store like Joanne's. They have repair kits or replacement pieces. Ask for help there, if necessary.

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November 13, 2019

If the pull tab on a zipper breaks or comes off, you could have a bit of fun and make a replacement. This page contains steps and photos for making a glittery paperclip charm zipper pull.

Paperclip Charm for a Zipper Pull - charm hanging from zipper pull

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