How to make zipper tabs
Covering one or both zipper ends with tabs will give your zipper project a nice and more professional look. Here I’m going to show you how you can create zipper tabs super quick just with a 4” x 2” (10cm x 5cm) scrap of matching or contrast fabric. You can use this technique for pouches, bag pockets and even can transfer it to garments.
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Supplies you need:
- 4” x 2” (10cm x 5cm) piece of fabric
- fabric scissors
- color matching thread
- some pins or Wonder Clips
- iron and ironing board
Turn your fabric piece right side down. Fold and press the long sides in half with the wrong sides facing each other.
Open the fabric again and fold both long sides inwards to the centerline that you created before and press.
Fold the long sides in half once more and press.
Your piece of fabric is now 4” x 1/2” (10cm x 1.3cm). Cut it in half to get 2 pieces of 2” x 1/2” (5cm x 1.3cm).
Take your zipper, if necessary trim the ends of your zipper to the length you need. If you use a closed-end zipper, you can trim the fabric of the zipper close to the metal stopper on each side.
Slide the folded opening of one of your tabs on one end of your zipper, so that the zipper is sandwiched in between the folded tab. Pin or clip in place. Repeat with the second tab and the other end of your zipper.
Top-stitch over the tabs very close to the visible zipper edge. Move the zipper pull away from the tab. Make sure to sew through the upper part of the tab as well. Please don’t stitch over the metal stoppers since this could break your needle.
Feel free to secure the zipper with the tap also along the short sides of the tab – very close to the long sides of the zipper. This stitch line won’t be visable later.
Trim the short sides of the tab to the same size of the zipper. Repeat with the other side and you are done.
Good luck with your zipper tab projects!
Read here: How to make a zipper pouch with zipper tabs
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