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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Zipper Flowers:.

I've been seeing zipper flowers pop up all over, and figured it was high time I gave it a try! I love how funky and different these are!

What you need:

- zipper (you can find them at most craft/sewing stores, but even Wal-Mart has a decent selection. This zipper was from Wal-Mart for $1.50)
- needle and thread
- felt
- hot glue/gun
- clip
- ribbon
- bling! (optional)

You'll want to double up your thread on your needle for added security.

Start by making a straight stitch along the bottom of your zipper with the teeth up. You can vary the length between stitches to however ruffled you want it to look. I'd say mine was about 1/4-1/2".

I had also cut off the zipper as close as I could to the pull; I didn't choose to include mine for this flower, although I have seen some cute ones with the pull left on!

When you get to the end, start pulling on your thread to get it to curl around and ruffle. You can pull with your hands to adjust it how you want.

The zipper I used was only 9 inches long, so I stitched on the other side of the zipper to use the entire thing.

Stitch along the bottom of the second side and pull it around as well.

I then put in a few stitches in some hidden spots to secure it and tied it off.

Next I cut a circle of felt to glue the flower to before attaching it to the clip. I also dabbed a few drops of glue underneath parts of the rosette to secure it.

Add your bling and attach it to your clip!

Finished! Can you imagine how cute on a baby's headband? It's even great for YOU to wear!

My friend and I also gave this petaled kind a try. First you want to cut your zipper into smaller pieces - about three inches or so each. I did six petals.

Then you are going to stitch along the bottom of each petal. I used white thread on this black piece so that it would show up, but for my real petals I used black thread. Your first few stitches you want to be further apart, and then a few smaller stitches in the middle, and a few more longer stitches again at the end. (My stitches aren't perfect as you can see, but it doesn't matter!)

Pull your thread to pull the petal around. Attach the two ends with a few stitches.

Do this for all of your petals. I then used a smaller, colored zipper to make a rosette.

Next I hot glued my petals around the rosette. You could also stitch them on if you wanted.

Then I cut out a felt circle and hot glued the flower to it, and of course, added some bling!

Put it on a clip or a pin and you are ready to go!

Here are a few other flowers I've made so far.

What are you waiting for? Go buy some zippers and get started!





Creations by Kara


  1. those are really cute. I think they would look great pinned into denim jackets, too.

  2. Adorable, I love your take on it!

  3. Those are really cute! I have tons of zippers from failed zipper attempts; I'm going to have to try these.

  4. That is too cute!
    I'm gonna have to try this!

  5. That is so cute. My husband bought 12 pounds of zippers at a recent auction....hmmmmmm

  6. In such a case, it would not necessarily be out of line to place small flower borders on the inside, but not on the outside, of the enclosure.

    sympathy flowers

  7. This is a great re-use for old zippers! I'll have to start looking for old metal zippers like this on old clothes!

    Thanks for taking part in Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family! Don't forget to come back next week!

  8. i really like the combining colors!

  9. sumo, I love your style. I especially love the ones with petals. I haven't seen those yet! Too Cute! I will feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com soon.

  10. These are so AWESOME! I love the zipper pedals!

  11. These flowers are awesome, Sumo, especially the five petaled ones! I love your creativity! Misses me how I discovered your blog so late!

  12. Thanks for blog swapping and linking up to check me out saturday! I really love the zipper petals!

  13. I like! These are a different twist than the ones I've seen before. Thanks for sharing! I've posted a link.

  14. was superb, hands on your health, thanks a detailed narrative...

  15. Super cute and on the favs lists


  16. What a fun way to use up some old zippers!

  17. Thank you for sharing your awesome project at Thursday’s Treasures last week! Come share your crafty projects in this week’s Thursday’s Treasures too!

  18. Great tutorial and lovely zipper creations!
    I have been playing with metal zipper flowers for a while, yours is the first tutorial I've seen on it!
    Nice of you to share, I found it hard to put into words how I make mine LOL!

  19. Super, grate and very nice...

    Thank you for sharing...

  20. Hi Sumo! I gave a little shout-out for this tutorial here:

    THANKS so much. Have a fabulous day!

  21. Es genial esta flor, intentaré hacerla. Gracias por el tutorial

  22. I knew the zip roses but how nice the leafs too!

  23. These are adorable! thanks for the tutorial!

  24. I love these zipper flowers. I want to try and make some for myself and my kids. Thanks for sharing!

  25. What a creative idea... zipper flowers...

    Freshwater Pearls

  26. This is very much satisfied by providing the nice understanding and implement the different technology is visible in this blog. Thanks a lot for sharing the nice implement and providing the great info.


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