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Fix It Friday - How to Replace the Zipper Pull

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I've just realised how many garment repairs I've done since I started the Fix It Fridays series in October last year ..... (drum roll....) fourteen! That's quite a lot, but it's also an indication of how long I have made do with the torn this, that and the others. I think most of the time we just leave them in one pile, hoping that we will mend them.... some day! One of my readers, Eimear, was very interested in setting up her own Fix It Friday mending sessions, and said that meeting up would be a solution to the mundaness of fixing things. Very true!


Repair a Zipper



Zipper Pull Replacement

One of the things that I had never gotten round to fixing was this zipper. The pull had come off and I was left pushing the zipper head up and down, and with great difficulty. I read you could replace it with a key ring, or even a telephone wire connector. But I settled for a friendship braid instead - do you remember doing them in school with your friends? Over, under and over!

Repair a Zipper


What You Need
Embroidery thread (6ply) of any colour - I used black and deep purple. 
Scissors
Needle

Cut 4 strands of embroidery thread, each ~20cm long. Use all 6 plys.



Thread Holes
Using the needle, thread 2 strands through each hole. Double the thread as though you are threading the hole. You will now have 8 strands.



Start the Macrame
Pick the left most strand (black in the video) and tie double knots over the one next to it; remember the left most strand will go OVER, UNDER, OVER it's neighbour each time. Don't change the way you knot or you will end up with a funny braid.

Your left most strand will now be the 2nd left most strand. Using this same strand repeat with it's neighbour to the right, and continue until the former becomes the first strand on the right. Sound complicated? Take a look at the video below.





Finishing Off
Once you have repeated this with all the strands, you can cut off the ends. You will now have your own personalised ring pull! 




The Extra Touch
Why not add small beads or even substitute one thread with a very fine chain?

Did You Like This Tutorial?
Check out this zipper tutorial!

Repair a Zipper

This is part of the Fix It Friday series!!



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19 comments

  1. Clever idea, Agy!!! I'll remember this next time the tab comes off a zipper.

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  2. This is so cute. Much nicer than a paper clip by far :) Now I wish I had a pair of pants with the broke tab.

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    1. Oh, I never thought of a paper clip, but I think it would be a little sharp; might tear the trousers when it's in the wash.

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  3. Great idea! My husband has a coat that has lost it's zipper pull and its hard for him to put it on. I can fix it now! :-)

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  4. How clever is this idea, I had never thought of doing something like this, and it can be very colorful as well! Love this idea!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! Yes, definitely, you can choose as many colours as you want. :-)

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  5. Great idea! This is so very useful!

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  6. Great idea! Yes, I remember the friendship braid. You are very creative!

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  7. What a creative fix! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  8. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing this with us at Mommy Monday. I pinned this for future reference :) xoxo

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  9. Love it! Much nicer than a safety pin! lol :)

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  10. Much needed tip. I guess I can still save some clothes:) Thank you for sharing.

    FarZain
    @http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/

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  11. Great job! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned to the Bloggers Brags Broad.

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