Monday, 26 July 2010

Hi again! And how I install a zipper...

Hi! Have you missed me? I've been gone ages, I know!
My life has been really busy and my health is not so good but I'm going to try and get a blog post in here and there! At the moment, I won't be able to do as many tutorials, but I'll still show you what I've been making, ok?

Here's my way of installing a zipper to a cute bag like this.

I always start with fabric that is longer than my zipper. I find this to be less fiddly!

Pin one side of the zipper down as shown below. Make sure it is the inside of the zipper you pin down!

Stitch it like this. Yes, I don't even use a zipper foot; I haven't worked out how to yet!

When you get to the zipper bit, lift up your sewing foot and open the zipper.

Then continue sewing!

You may want to zig-zag the edges, too, just to make it extra secure.

Now, pin the other side down and repeat the above.

Now you should have something that looks like this from the inside.

Pin the zipper down  and sew it again.

When you have done this, you will have a pretty stitch line showing on the outside. This row of stitching stops the zipper popping up every time you open the bag.

Next, sort your sides out by pinning them and sewing them up.
When you are doing this, make sure you stitch from the bottom of the bag to the top.

You should end up with a side that looks like the photo below.

Repeat for the other side.

Now, you have a beautiful zippered bag!


  1. Pretty, I love the fabric on the purse. Hope you're feeling ok! Get well soon, I think we've all missed your postings!

  2. Glad to know you are okay! But I do hope you feel better soon = )

    & this is a great tutorial!! will have to make something like this soon!

  3. Thanks! Hope it you have fun if you do make something like it! :)