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« on: September 05, 2004 02:57:27 PM »

I made a grosgrain ribbon pouch with a unique half-zipper.  The zipper is easy to install, especially for a person who's afraid of her zipper foot.

You didn't ask for a tutorial, but I'm a-givin' ya one anyway.
Sew 22'' lengths of your fav grosgrain ribbons side by side, so they overlap by 1/4". 
Cut off one side of a 22" Coats & Clark polyester zipper and the stopper.  (Yes, I said CUT THEM OFF!)  Remove that side completely.  Sew the remaining side to the long side of the rectangle of ribbons.

Next slide the end of the half-zipper back into the pull.  Sew your own stopper.

Make sure the zipper is partially open.  Pin the rectangle in half with right sides together.  Sew on two sides.  Finish the raw edge with a good bit of zigzag stitch.

Turn right side out.  Done!
Since I've become addicted to making purses, I've been using a new purse each day.  I needed something to put all my essential stuff in, so I could switch purses by just throwing the pouch into the flavor of the day.
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2004 05:32:11 PM »

woah..that's crazy....i don't entirely understand the whole half zipper thingy though....how does it stay shut?
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2004 05:44:42 PM »

You're zipping the remaining one side of the zipper to itself.  It's super easy to install, because all you have to do is sew the one side of the zipper to one side of the ribbon rectangle.  It's also less bulky at one end than a regular zipper.  Does that help?  Sorry if my instructions are unclear.  It took me just a few minutes to make the pouch.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2004 08:32:16 PM »

oh cool! I had no idea that would work with the zip. That seems a much easier way of putting a zip in for one like me that for some unfathamable reason loathes putting in zips even though I can do it fine!
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2004 09:27:14 PM »

So you are making a finished bag of about 11" width? What do you do with the other half of the zipper, buy extra pulls?

I really like this pouch and love the ribbon idea! I need a pouch, too, since changing stuff is making me use fewer of my growing purse collection! I wind up switching only some of the stuff over and then find I forgot something important.
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2004 10:10:21 PM »

I wind up switching only some of the stuff over and then find I forgot something important.

I do the same thing.  Tongue

Sewer Rat I love this idea! I have SOO many zippers and this little number will be a great way to use some up, and some of my fabric stash. yay! And it looks so simple to do. Great job an nice ribbon pouch!
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2004 10:34:46 PM »

Arrhythmia-- yes, the pouch turned out to be a little less than 11 inches long.  I'm going to try making a deeper, narrower pouch on my next attempt.  The half of the zipper that you cut off is no good, so just discard it.  (Or you could pair it up with another half zipper with a pull and make a funky two-colored zipper!)

Oh yeah, I forgot to say that you have to cut off the metal-stopper-thingy before you can feed the end of the zipper through the pull.

Thanks for the feedback, crafty gals.  I'm sure someone could take this simple idea and really go with it.   
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2004 10:43:10 AM »

neat idea, sewer rat.  Even without the half-zipper ingenuity, I love your use of grosgrain ribbon. Great idea.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2004 11:35:41 AM »

W-O-W. What a simple idea, but so clever!!! I am really excited to try this, I have a ton of TOO LONG zippers that I always have to cut down, but this is just so smart! THANKYOU!
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2004 12:21:15 PM »

The nice thing about this way of installing a zipper is that you have only one side of the pouch that has raw edges.  This is a plus when working with fraying grosgrain ribbon.  I suppose you could enclose the raw seam with seam binding. 

In the middle of the night I was thinking that it would be easy to make a lined pouch by starting with a rectangle of fabric (sew two rectangles together 4/5 of way around, turn right side out, press), instead of a rectangle of ribbons.  I also thought about using a rectangle of vinyl and fabric.  If I try these ideas, I'll post them.
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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2004 12:43:30 PM »

that's a terrific idea!!!! Can't wait to try it!!! Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2004 05:49:09 PM »

Here's another pouch I made.  It's deeper and shorter than the first. 
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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2004 07:25:26 PM »

nice job, nice idea. did you line this one?
if anyone is worried Undecided about the edge fraying, you could try a french seam. just a thought. ooh and if you added a handle-strap it could be a little clutch purse. you're inspiring me... where do you find so W - - I - - D - - E grosgrain ribbon?
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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2004 07:28:15 PM »

Hey, that's really cool.  I had no idea you could put zippers in that way.
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« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2004 08:35:06 PM »

indigo flower girl, I found the ribbon at Poppy Fabrics in Oakland, California.  The wide ribbon is 1 1/2".  No, I didn't line this one-- too bone-tired, but still couldn't fight the urge to make a purse!  I woke up at 3:30 a.m. thinking that it would have been great with a pink satin lining.  Also, this would make a nice wristlet.
For anyone trying this zipper technique:  don't give up when trying to feed the end of the zipper through the pull.  It takes a little bit of gentle pushing and
tugging. 
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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2004 07:57:10 PM »

I made a lined one.  I think I prefer the pouch unlined.


This zipper was very easy to zip up.  I just inserted the end of the zipper into the pull and started zipping.  No tugging!
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« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2004 11:48:06 AM »

Ack! The word "slide" makes it sound so easy! I can't, for the life of me, seem to get the other side of the zipper to "slide" in. How did you do it?
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« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2004 02:07:38 PM »

Oh, no!  For the last pouch I just kinda set the end of the zipper into the pull and started zipping and it worked on my first attempt.  The first pouch was a little trickier.  Are you using one of those plastic zippers or a metal one?  I used a plastic zipper.  Uh... uh... you have to shove the end in and hold it there with one hand while tugging on the zipper.  I wish I could do it for you!  Sorry!  Please don't give up!
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« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2004 07:00:25 PM »

Awesome idea!  I love them all!
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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2004 08:05:04 PM »

 Cry my suggestion, if you can make sure your zipper will work for this project. for some reason i can get the slider on but it won't zip. the teeth come together ok but then it gets real stiff and pops. Sad it was a plastic one.
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« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2004 08:35:57 PM »

Aaargh!  My world is crumbling.  I'm so sorry this isn't working for you two.  I used polyester Coats & Clark all-purpose zippers.  Have you tried trimming off a tiny bit of the fabric near the tip you're trying to feed into the pull?  I don't take the pull off.  I cut off the stopper, unzipped the zipper almost all the way, cut off the one side, and after sewing the remaining zipper half to the rectangle, fed the end into the pull.  Push, tug, zip.  Ugh, I feel terrible that this has been frustrating for you!         
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« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2004 10:25:14 PM »

Oh sewer rat it's not your fault!  Grin I still plan on giving it a try, probably with a newer zipper. I have a ton of them i bought a while back so it wasn't a big loss that mine didn't work. i just wanted to send out a word of caution to others to make sure their zipper isn't some strange directional one that will only want to feed one way.  Tongue
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« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2004 10:46:14 PM »

You could even try to feed it on before you sew it into the pouch, for practice!
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« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2004 10:54:59 PM »

i was just going to ask if you had a magical zipper-feeding technique, but i guess the cursing and perseverance i currently use is about as technical as it gets. i can't count the times i've accidentally yanked the pull of a zipper. feeding the toothy tape back through is no fun.

hot little pouch though! this kind of zipper would also be really fun to put all the way around a hood Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2004 08:33:55 PM »

I made another lined grosgrain ribbon pouch, this time using Dyabolica's excellent lined pouch tutorial and the half-zip technique-- a  Craftster hybrid!



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« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2004 09:29:36 PM »

I think all of your bags are really good looking, I just love them!  I've been wanting to make
one but haven't found a good ribbon selection yet (I'm in a pretty rural area so my resources are
limited).  I prefer the lined ones also, please keep posting pics of any others that you've made.
I'll have to try your zipper method too  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2004 09:44:37 PM »

Thank you, Dalaimama.  The last pouch looks a bit lumpy.  It looks a lot better in person.  I found the ribbon at Nancy's Sewing Basket in beautiful Seattle this weekend.  Here's an on-line purveyor of ribbons-- http://www.hymanhendler.com/.  Good luck and please post any ribbon pouches you make.  I'm wondering if this zipper method is working for anyone else!

(Oops!  I just visited Hyman Hendler & Sons' website and I don't know if you can actually order from it.  Gorgeous stuff though.  Anyone up for a Craftster fieldtrip to the Garment District?)
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« Reply #28 on: September 20, 2004 10:55:02 PM »

I LOVE your zipper method!
I defenitively have to give it a try!
thank you very much!! Kiss
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« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2004 07:32:07 PM »

Sushimifune, please do try this!  I need to know that I'm not living in my own little world, where half zippers can be zipped unto themselves. 

(And I can't wait for your next tute!  I'm going to make some of your rounder roomies for Christmas presents and also offer anyone at work one if he/she donates $100 to Kerry's presidential campaign.) 
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« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2005 12:11:22 PM »

Love the half-zip idea!  I made a little lined card-holder with it.  Thanks!

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« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2005 12:17:15 PM »

This is really interesting.  I don't like working with zippers but I might have to try this out Smiley  Thanks for sharing your project Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2005 06:44:07 AM »

That is a great idea! J Caroline Creative also has lots of grosgrain ribbon: www.jcarolinecreati ve.com
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« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2005 08:49:40 PM »

oh wow!
That is really neat!
Zippers scare me.. the few times I tried to put zippers in things, I messed them up.. I may have to try this though.. looks a lot easier.
Thanks for the tutorial! ^_^
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« Reply #35 on: December 20, 2005 11:02:07 AM »

it took me twenty minutes to figure out, but i finally got the half zipper to zip on itself!
once you figure it out it's easy. Thank you for the tute!
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« Reply #36 on: December 22, 2005 07:05:51 AM »

this is awesome!! luvly cutey pouches. i have a bag with this half zipper but never thought of giving it a try. thanks a ton for sharing it and the tut is way too easy n neat. u rock, muah. *runs to try it*
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« Reply #37 on: April 15, 2006 07:29:35 AM »

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lol, that is AWESOME! I haven't sewn in a while and i just tried a zipper and I totally botched it. I am for sure trying this.
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« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2007 07:59:45 PM »

I love this. I love making zipper pouches (particularly with custom-printed fabric) and doing all the sammiching/turning is a little tedious... Instantly, you eliminated half of that! Of course, this style introduces a whole new problem -- reinserting that damned zipper!

Like Sewer Rat said, don't give up. I used one of the small-coil plastic zippers, and a short one at that. After I cut the stops off, I put Fray-Check on the fabric ends to keep it from coming apart while I fiddled with it. And fiddle I did. It seemed to help if I kept the two sides aligned and close as possible -- just like when you're trying to zip up the side zip on a skirt; you hold the end down and squeeze the sides together, trying to keep it all flat. Eventually it went.

I made the outer in a vinyl (if any of you have seen my other posts lately, I seem to have a mild vinyl fixation) with a cotton lining done in the standard flip-through-lining method. I love it. It'll be great for printed panels because it'll be continuous around the folded edge. If I do any good ones, I'll post 'em here.

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« Reply #39 on: June 22, 2007 08:11:16 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial!  Here is one I made last night... so quick and easy and make a great little gift I think.
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« Reply #40 on: July 03, 2007 08:57:10 AM »

Ok, this half-zipper thing is friggin' AWESOME!!!  I remember seeing a small pouch at a craft fair many moons ago, and wondered where to find a zipper like that.  I just found this thread, ran upstairs to find a zipper, and worked it out.  I can't tell you how pleased I am right now!  It's all I can do to not run to the nearest craft store and buy a bazillion zippers!   Grin

54mama, I'm so glad you bumped this thread up with your post... and Sewer Rat, I'm stoked that you offered a tut before you were even asked to...

...did I mention that this is friggin' AWESOME?!?!?   Cheesy
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« Reply #41 on: July 22, 2007 12:57:02 AM »

That's so cool and inventive! Great job.
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« Reply #42 on: August 26, 2008 03:57:32 PM »

:O What a great way to recycle those old broken zippers on sweaters and such!
Nice work Smiley
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« Reply #43 on: May 04, 2009 08:46:12 PM »

Just want you to know that your tutorial is still valuable!   I've just discovered it and love playing with the method.

Thanks for taking the time to share.

Can't post a pic as I'm too new a member, but I've made great stuff!!

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