Covered zipper ends give your clutch purse and bag patterns a professional finish and are a great opportunity to add a pop of color to your project. They hide the raw edges of the zipper tape and the rough ends of a plastic shortened zipper. This tutorial will show you how to cover zipper ends easily in just a few minutes.
If you need to shorten a zipper make sure you read:
How to Cover Zipper Ends
Step 1: Start by cutting a strip of fabric that is 2 inches (5cm) wide by 4 inches (10cm) in length.
Choose a fabric that is not too thick and is 100% cotton. I like to use quilting cotton with a small motif. If you want an invisible look, choose a coordinating fabric. Otherwise, make a bold choice and use a bright contrasting fabric. It just depends on how you want your final product to look.
Step 2: Press your Fabric piece lengthwise with WRONG sides together so the long edges meet in the middle.
Step 3: Press it in half again so the raw edges in the middle are hidden.
Step 4: Trim the tape end of the zipper so there is only 3/8 inch (10mm) showing after the metal stopper.
If you have shortened a plastic zipper and there is no metal stopper, you will want to cover the stitched stopper so it looks neater. In this case cut 1/4 inch (6mm) after the stopper you created. This way you can put the fabric end over the stitched stopper for a neater finish. Just double check this doesn’t make the zipper too short for your project as you may need to think ahead and adjust accordingly.
Step 5: Open up up the fabric piece and Slip it over the end of the zipper.
For a metal or unshortened plastic zipper, the fabric will be right next to the metal stopper. For a shortened plastic zipper, you will put the fabric over the stitches.
Step 6: Using a zipper foot, Stitch across the ends.
Step 7: Trim the fabric even with the zipper tape.
Step 8: For the open end of the zipper – stitch across with a wide zig-zag to keep the top closed. Then slip the remaining piece of fabric over the end, repeating steps 4 to 7.
All done! What are you going to use your covered ends for? Don’t forget to check out my premium bag and clutch patterns.
More zipper articles
- How to shorten a zipper – plastic
- How to shorten a metal zipper
- How to cover zipper ends
- How to sew an invisible zipper
- How to see an exposed zipper
- How to sew a zipper
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