Learning how to sew a zipper is a very important skill for sewists of all levels. With this easy tutorial you’ll soon be able to insert zippers like a pro, on any sewing projects!
How to sew a zipper
Have you been avoiding zippers? Sewing a zipper has never been easier with this easy and simple tutorial! In this article I put together a step by step guide on how to sew a zipper for a pouch and it can easily be adjusted to fit a bag, clutch, tote bag project or even pillow cases.
Like any beginner I’ve always been scared of zippers and for a good reason. They’re quite intimidating, aren’t they? But honestly there’s nothing to fear, in fact, once you get the hang of it, sewing zippers is quite fun and totally rewarding! You’ll feel so accomplished and ready for new challenges.
I really like using zippers on my sewing projects, especially dresses, blouses and skirts but that’s a different tutorial, coming up next. For this type of garment you’ll need a concealed zipper method which is also super easy. For now here’s how to sew a zipper for a pouch. While I was making this tutorial I decided I might as well made a pouch for my hair bands as they tend to wander all around the house and I’m never able to find one when I need it. I’ll be posting this tutorial soon, super easy too.
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How to sew a zipper tutorial
- matching thread (for the purpose of this tutorial I used contrasting)
- sewing machine
- 2 fabric strips
- zipper foot
- iron and ironing board
- First of all you really need a zipper foot, there’s no way you can go around it (believe me I tried lol). A zipper foot will allow the needle to go as close to the zipper as you need it, something a regular foot won’t be able to.
- Match up one side of the zipper with one strip of fabric, right sides facing and pin together.
- Start sewing from the bottom up.
- When you get to the zipper pull, stop sewing, cut your thread, remove the fabric and the zipper, open up the zipper just a little, then resume sewing from where you stopped, sewing up to the top of the zipper.
- If you’re making a pouch without lining, this is when you’ll want to flip your zipper over to the side, press then do a top stitch for decorative purposes. Open up the zipper, start sewing up to the zipper pull, stop, remove the fabric, close the zipper then resume sewing. (If you’re sewing a pouch with lining you will want to skip this step for now and you might wanna read the pouch tutorial once that’s up.)
- Do the same steps for the other side of the zipper and the second fabric strip. (if you’re making a pouch all you have to do at this point is sew all the sides together, on the wrong side of the fabric, making sure you leave the zipper slightly open for turning purposes)
- Now that you know how to sew a zipper, go sew some into…well everything!
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