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Topic: When the zipper sucks, a binder fixup  (Read 1298 times)
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« on: February 25, 2009 01:08:33 PM »

The zipper on my man's binder was tore up and unusable at certain spots.
so we decided to find a way to make it close without the zipper.

I looked through my odds and ends and found a clip like you'd find on a backpack.

the before shot:

This is a media binder, but the process can be applied to any zippered binder.

The first step was to remove all but a small bit of the zipper on each side. the small bit is about 1.5 inches {wide enough for the clip}.

The second step is to sew on one half of the clip to the bit of zipper you left on.
Be sure to align the clip bits properly so they will match up after sewed on.

i suggest leaving the teeth on the bit to prevent extra fraying {also apply clear nail polish to the sides of the bit to prevent fraying.

The third step is to sew on the other half of the clip to the other side.

Here you can see where i left the teeth.

and you're finished.

A very simple fix when the zipper doesn't work anymore.

If you have old backpacks its a good idea to keep the hardware form them for situations like this, but the clips can also be bought at craft shops as well.

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009 05:14:08 PM »

That's a nice quick fix. I'm constantly throwing away purses and things because the zipper breaks. I'll have to start saving bits and pieces so that I can scalp things together like you did. Great inspiration for the rest of us!

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