Friday, June 22, 2012

Vintaj Zipper Pulls

Do you love zippers like I do?  If you do, this is the project for you.  As soon as I learned about the Vintaj altered blanks, I was itching to transform them into zipper pulls for pouches and other sewing projects.  It's such an easy way to add a custom touch to a handsewn item.

First I embossed a selection of altered blanks in different sizes and shapes.  I used Sizzix embossing folders for some of the zipper pulls. 

For others, I used the Vintaj DecoEmboss Dies.  The Vintaj dies result in a crisper embossed image but both turned out well.  Then I used the reliefing block to highlight the raised portions.

I took my pliers and bent a head pin at a 90 degree angle at the tip.

Then I slid my zipper pull onto the head pin.  After that, I added some spare beads left over from other projects, and secured the end of head pin to my zipper by turning it into a tight loop.

There are so many possibilities!  I chose this button embossed design to coordinate with a Japanese Alphabet print I planned to use for a project.  It features a button design amidst the letters.

I'm not going to explain the general construction of a zipper pouch here but I would like to explain how I used the Sizzix Bigz L Die-Borders, Ribbon and Scallop to embellish the pouch.

I used the die to cut two strips of bamboo-rayon blend Xotic Felt in Caribbean Surf provided by Commonwealth Felt.   I then sewed the felt strip into the seams of my pieced pouch front and embellished with a cross stitch on my machine.  I think it adds a really professional looking touch to the pouch.

I hope you enjoy making some fun zipper pulls!

Amy
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4 comments:

  1. What a fun idea..thanks for sharing!

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  2. Amy, I love your zipper pulls! What a clever idea!

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  3. These are awesome Amy! Such a great idea!! TFS!

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  4. Love the Vintaj pulls, a great look!

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