A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, it's time to show off your TREE!  Show off your flocking and garland with us this year.
Total Members: 314,853
Currently Running With Scissors:
255 Guests and 12 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: How to Sew a Zipper in a Bag  (Read 67115 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2004 05:42:47 PM »

i finally figured it out!!  i made a turtle change purse w/ zipper & lining & all the pics!!!  click here for zipper help  Grin
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2004 07:15:18 AM »

Where can i find zippers smaller than 7 in.? for like coin purses, little pouches,etc.

« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2004 07:45:37 AM »

Hmm I don't think I've ever seen short little zippers in a store.  You might be able to find them online.  www.zipperstop.com says "no minimum order" so you might email them and see what they say.

You can easily shorten an existing zipper, though.  Just hand-sew a new "stop" at the bottom, with sturdy thread, at the length you desire, and cut off the extra.  Voila!

Here's a page with a more complex method:

Good luck!



Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.
Offline Offline

Posts: 489
Joined: 29-Nov-2003

I'm pretty enough for both of us.

View Profile
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2004 08:24:43 AM »

Hancock Fabrics online has some 5" and 6" jeans zippers.  I've bought some short ones at Joanne Fabrics in the store.  

Homesew.com has 4", 5" and 6" zippers
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2004 11:46:55 PM »

i noticed there are a lot of zipper posts in this forum, but i didn't see one pertaining HOW to install a zipper.

but i'm completely cluless!  i'm trying to put one into a bag like in jordy's flat-bottomed purse tutorial (i.e. in a lined bag where the strap and zipper would be added before the bag is sewn and inside out?).  but i have no idea how to go about it.  if anyone is handy with a zipper and wouldn't mind posting some diagrams, i would love them forever.

p.s. i also hand-sew everything, so though a machine zipper tutorial would be appreciated (i can always try to use that scary ancient thing cowering in the corner!) i would like a hand-sewing method even better Wink
« Last Edit: February 11, 2004 11:47:59 PM by aeroplane » THIS ROCKS   Logged
Offline Offline

Posts: 1930
Joined: 07-Dec-2003

Duct tape and zipties will fix EVERYTHING!

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2004 06:24:12 AM »

The best luck I've ever had, and it still wasn't perfect, was:
1 Put fabric right sides together
2 baste a seam where you want to place the zipper
3 Iron the seam from the back, open the seam allowance
4 place zipper face down and pin
5 sew one side
6 sew other side
7 take out basting

Hope this makes sense and helps, I'm not very good at tutorials.

Power is strength and the ability to see yourself through your own eyes and not through the eyes of another. It is being able to place a circle of power at your own feet and not take power from someone else's circle.

Agnes Whistling Elk
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2004 01:16:10 PM »

excuse me for the blatant stupidity i am about to exhibit:

-what does "basting a seam" mean?
-what does "seam allowance" mean?

(i'm really totally new to sewing...)
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 1888
Joined: 28-Nov-2003

knit like the wind!

View Profile
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2004 01:38:30 PM »

basting is when you hand stitch some things together really quickly - ie. with far apart stitches.  You're doing this just to hold the items in place while you sew them for real.

The seam allowance is the extra bit of fabric on the  "wrong" side of the seam.  When you're cutting out fabric, you don't cut it exactly the size you want the finished piece to be, you make a seam allowance so that you have a place to sew.
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 1888
Joined: 28-Nov-2003

knit like the wind!

View Profile
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2004 01:50:55 PM »

I have recently had my first adventures with zipper installation, and I noticed a few things:
- the zippers I bought had a sort of raised line in the tape part where you should be stitching
-to do something like this:
put the right side of the zipper against the right side (outside of the bag) of the fabric and sort of line up the edges.  Then pin the *top* half of the zipper to the fabric and sew it on.  But before you sew it on, turn it right side out and check that you've got it right.  I had a couple of errors where I would have had the zipper pull on the inside of the bag, and ripping out something you've just sewn is never fun.
Once you've sewn on one side of the zipper, do the same with the other side, and the other piece of fabric (or the other end of the same piece if you're making the above pouch).  Again, check after you've pinned and before you've sewn to make sure it is going to be right.

I found working with zippers really confusing for some reason, but the finished project was well worth it.
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2004 07:59:04 PM »

here's a thread where i show how to install a zipper.  there's pictures.  it's a turtle bag, but a zipper w/ lining in the bag is involved.  good luck!!

Threads you might like:
Pages: 1 [2] 3 4  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
Meatless Monday: Vegan Root Vegetable Stew
Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Molasses Candy
Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Elf on a Shelf Tutu

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2017, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.