Tuesday, January 25, 2022

HOW TO SHORTEN A NYLON ZIPPER (a video tutorial)

 Hello lovely makers,

today I'd like to talk about zippers. Specifically nylon zippers. 

You might have noticed that I really like using metal zippers in my projects but recently I started to appreciate the ease of working with nylon zippers and the incredible array of colors they come in.

I usually buy standard #3 craft nylon zippers (the ones available at pretty much any craft store). I went back and forth on what length of zippers I wanted to get but once I realized how easy it is to cut these zippers down to the exact size that's needed for the projects I decided to purchase 12'' long zippers to be used in pouches and 20'' long zippers for bags and pillows.

These are my Norfolk Pouches (the pattern comes with metal zipper instructions but I adjusted them to use these lovely nylon zippers instead) . I love the pop of color these zippers add to the finished pouches and I also love how easy these zippers are to open and close which makes them a great choice for when making pouches for children, I think.

What do you say? Are you ready to give these zippers a try? I recorded a detailed video on how to shorten the zippers and add fabric tabs for a professional looking finish. I hope you'll find it useful.

Happy sewing, friends!



  1. Once again, you have created the most beautiful pouch!!!! Thank you!

  2. This tutorial is so helpful. It's knowing the little tricks that make the finished product look so professional. I have made several of your zippered bags and can now make the next ones look even better. Thanks for taking the time to demonstrate your techniques.

    1. My pleasure, I'm glad you find the tutorial useful :)


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