So this isn’t a true blue home decor project, but who doesn’t need to fix a zipper from time to time? My mom bought a 31 purse ($50) and when she got it the zipper was a mess…
I don’t know if you can tell from the above shot, but there was no way this purse was going to close, there was nothing on either side of the zipper.
Surgery was needed and I decided to take on the task.
Its not as hard as you think. I started ripping at the seem shown above. You just need to find where the zipper fabric is opposed to the lining fabric and the outside wall of the purse and just use a standard seem ripper to rip out the stitching.
I will admit it is kind of scary to see a bag you like in this shape, but its a necessary evil.
In the above shot you can see the zipper and its encasement along with what the purse looks like without the zipper. You definitely could rip out the old zipper and use the original fabric of the purse, but due to an ironing mishap with the original interfacing (I got the iron to hot and melted it..oops).
I went a different direction and bought matching fabric and created a new zipper facing. Simply cut the fabric to about two inches longer than your zipper and then use fusable interfacing to give it a good strong backing (medium weight should work well).
Once you have your strips cut out and fused, then you will want to layer them as below to create your new zipper casing. You will have one strip pretty side up with the zipper, zipper side down, with another strip, interfacing side up on top. You will then sew the pieces together.
Forgot to take a picture of the completed pouch on this project, so I’m throwing in a completed one from another project for demonstration purposes.
In the end you will have two zipper casings, bearing in mind this tutorial is working with a separating zipper.
The next step, I couldn’t really photograph. You will want to sew the inside of each zipper casing to the lining of the bag. Match the zippers up so that, if you wanted, the bag would be closed with the inner lining and you could use it (albeit ugly). after you have the two zipper casing sewn into the inner lining then you will sew the outside of each casing to inside of the outside wall of the bag to secure the zipper into place. Some might do this last step by machine, but I prefer to do it by hand so I can have better control of where my stitches are going.
Your final product will look like this:
Now my mom can use her bag without any problem and be secure in knowing that this zipper is quality and will not be breaking anytime soon.
I hope this tutorial helps you save a purse. Let me know if you have questions or would like a step clarified.
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