Experienced sewing enthusiasts are very familiar with the creative sewing techniques of a zipper—they can sew an invisible zipper on their clothes, cushions, bags, etc. But newbies usually do not have any idea about sewing a zipper. However, it makes everyone happy that sewing is now considered a craft, and a lot of new young and adult people are getting attracted to this amazing activity.
Considering the queries of people about sewing a zipper, I have included a lot of information related to zippers—so newbies can benefit from it. There are mainly two kinds of zipping: invisible and casual. Invisible zipping is sewn, especially under the clothes, in a way that it becomes invisible to the casual eye—it usually happens in cushions, pillows, zip on a crotch area of jeans, etc. On the other hand, casual zipping is the zipping that can be spotted from a mile away. It is straightforward and very easy. Casual zippers are not that hard to sew, just considerable dedication and basic knowledge about sewing are required.
In this article, we would cover:
- How to sew a zipper in easy steps on clothes
- How to sew a zipper on a pillow cover
- How to sew a zipper on a bag
- How to sew a zipper pouch
Let’s get started.
How to Sew a Zipper in Easy Steps on Clothes
To sew a zipper, you need the following things:
A cloth that you want to sew zip to, a zipper foot (presser foot especially for zippers), and sewing accessories—chalks, threads, scissors, etc. You might also need pins, wonder clips, and a seam ripper if your machine does not have an automatic thread cutter.
Let’s learn how to sew a zipper in just four steps.
STEP 1: Edging
Finish the edges of two sides of cloth where you want to attach a zip. A serger would be the best option to do that, but if you are a starter, a zigzag stitch will be enough.
STEP 2: Zipper Alignment
Put your zipper right on one side of the fabric and make sure it’s aligned to the cloth. Once you are sure that the zipper has precisely the same alignment and navigation as the cloth, pin it with pins or clips. Make sure it’s done precisely.
STEP 3: Sew the Zipper
As mentioned above, you would need a zipper foot to make the job easier. However, if your machine doesn’t have one, a regular presser foot will do the job. The zipper foot is best because it enables you to get really close to the zipper. It is pretty adjustable so that you can attach it on the right side of the needle. However, a presser foot will also be adequate in case the zipper foot is absent.
When you start sewing, a zipper tab can be in your way. Avoid it for clear sewing. Place the presser foot on the fabric with clear alignment. Keep sewing—when you get to the end, do one or two backstitches and rip the thread.
That was how one side was done.
STEP 4: The Other Side
Now, it is time to attach the other side of the zipper to the fabric. It is basically done the same way as the previous side. Just repeat the process.
Don’t forget to avoid the zipper tab at the start and backstitching at the end. Must remember to leave the zipper when doing the project.
Alas, it’s done. You have made your first zipper. Be proud of it. If you are not happy with the results, worry not. A little bit of practice would land you on perfection.
Since you now know how to sew a zipper on a cloth, it is time to be a bit more creative.
How to Sew a Zipper on a Pillow Cover
Attaching a zipper to a pillow cover is not that hard. Most ready-made pillow covers come with an attached zipper. However, if your pillow cover doesn’t have an attached zip or if you are planning to create a pillow cover at home, worry not; we have got you covered. Let’s learn how to create a full-fledge pillow cover with a sewn zipper at one side.
STEP 1: Mark and Cut
Mark the size of the pillow—or two—on the fabric you are going to use to create a pillow cover. Once it’s marked properly, cut it. Make sure everything is done precisely. If you don’t have considerable experience in precise cutting, practice on waste clothes, or take help from someone experienced.
STEP 2: Alignment
Align the zipper to the pillow cover. Make sure that you cut the right length of a zipper—not too short and not too long.
STEP 3: Place Your Zipper
Once you have cut your zipper correctly, place it on the open side of the pillow cover—where you want to attach it. Then, pin it to the pillow cover using pins or clips.
STEP 4: Sew
Now, your pillow cover is ready to be sewn to the zipper. With a seam allowance of ½ inch, do a straight stitch—from the edge to the pin. Do it carefully. Now, without removing the presser foot, do a backstitch right to the edge.
Do it on the other side too. Next, between the pins, start doing wide stitches. These stitches have to be the widest you can do with your machine. You can also do the zigzag stitch if you have to. For this portion, backstitching is not necessary.
STEP 5: Attach the Zipper
In the step above, you have left a seam allowance. Iron it, and place your zipper on the seam face down. Make sure the zipper isn’t backward; it would be a pain to open it. Pin the zipper in place with pins—and get ready to sew it in the next step.
STEP 6: Sew, Again
But this time, it’s the final step. Put your zipper foot on (if you have one) and try to get it closest to the zipper. Sew that down at once—that would also be done to the other side.
Ensure that you are doing regular straight stitching, starting at the end of the zipper but away from the zipper handle. Sew a straight line, keeping as close to the zipper teeth as possible for your machine.
Stop when you get to the zipper pull and keep the needle down in the fabric. Lift your foot and unzip the zipper past the foot carefully. Now, lower your foot and continue stitching to the end. Then, backstitch to the end.
Repeat all the steps again for the other side.
Congrats, you are done! Serge the edges if you feel the need to.
How to Sew a Zipper on a Bag
Sewing a zipper on a bag is kind of a similar process as sewing it on a pillow. However, unlike pillow, a bag can be of different size, style, texture, casting—and that’s what makes it a bit complicated. But worry not; I will simplify the whole process in just a few steps. Let’s learn how to sew a zipper pouch or a bag.
STEP 1: Mark and Cut the Pouch Fabric
The first step to sew a zipper pouch or a small zipper bag is to know the basic sewing method. Since we are talking about installing a zipper in this article, I would assume that you already know foundational sewing, so I will explain the following steps quickly.
Mark and cut the pattern for your pouch precisely. Next, sew that pattern into a pouch but just with three sides. Leave one side open for the zipper.
STEP 2: Cut Out the Zipper
Cut out the zipper strip. Make sure that your zipper strip length is a bit shorter than the pouch length. You also must consider the seam allowance, so it will give you a considerable allowance.
STEP 3: Prepare a Casting
Casting would work as a shield for the zipper that would highlight the zipper only and hide its seam under the cloth—that cloth refers to casting. Cut two strips of clothes—one strip not being wider than one side of the zipper seam.
Next, sew the casting (strip) with the zipper, each strip with each side of the zipper.
STEP 4: Final Step
Now is the time to sew a zipper, along with the casting, to its bag—or pouch. Make sure the casting, zipper, and the opener side of the bag are all aligned. Sew one side of the zipper the same way you learned in the “How to Sew a Zipper on a Pillow Cover” process.
One finished side will let you know about your alignment. If it’s correct, sew the other side.
BOOM! Your zipper pouch is done! And that is the simplest way to learn how to sew a zipper on a bag.
Now, we have covered how to sew a zipper in a cloth, how to sew a zipper on a pillow, how to sew a zipper on a bag, and how to sew a zipper pouch. Make sure to follow and apply the steps carefully, and it will pretty elementary for you. Of course, practice makes perfect.
Good luck with your zipper project!
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