Why do I like zipper tabs? They make sewing in a zipper a breeze. No more unwieldy lump to sew over and no more unsightly bump in your finished seam. Broken needles will be a thing of your past.
First, I cut a 2 1/2 inch square of my bag fabric. I iron down 1/4 inch on one end and then fold the tab in half. I put the folded edge next to the zipper slide and stitch over it.
|Zippers shown with zipper tabs added at the top. |
Make sure you don't cover the zipper slide!
|Next, pull back the fabric, exposing the extra zipper tape. |
Note, these are plastic zippers, not metal.
|Trim the excess zipper tape off (in other words, trim the zipper tape even with your seam allowance).|
|Now it looks like this! Add one to the other side of your zipper.|
|Don't be afraid to cut off a big honking piece if you need to! I always like to cut off the hard metal stop at the end of the zipper (seen at far right in photo) if possible.|
|The zipper is sew down on one side. Hopefully you can see that I've trimmed the ends of the zipper tab to match the width of the zipper tape and the size of my fabric for the pouch.|
|Shown from the lining side so you can see where my zipper tabs are. They make sewing up the sides seams of the pouch a breeze.|
I finished three more zipper bags last night. They are a belated Father's Day gift for my Dad.
Zipit Zippers on Etsy. She has great prices and a great selection and will do a custom order of any quantity and color combination that you need. This week I ordered zipper pulls on Monday and got them in the mail on Wednesday! Yes, I'm a happy customer (and this is an unpaid, unbiased endorsement).
LarryPug says, "Add a zipper tab and your pouches will be fab!" He's so smart!
I hope that you found this information useful. Thanks for visiting! Let me know if you've made any zipper pouches yet.
Linking up on Friday to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Richard and Tanya Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts. Linking up on Tuesday to Freemotion by the River's Linky Tuesday.
Pugs and kisses,