Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Zipper Rose Tutorial

I’m in love with these zipper roses…lol  They are everywhere, from shoes to shirts and headbands.  I think they would be great for alter projects.  I’m actually working on a canvas pocketbook from prima.  So, here is where I got the idea:

zipper shoes Here is my tutorial on how to make these:

IMG_0862 You will need scissors, zipper (this is 12” I couldn’t find the size I wanted which is 16”  I think is the best), needle, thread and felt.

You will have to cut off the end of the zipper that has the little metal stop.  Once you cut that off you can pull the zipper apart.  You will only need one half of the zipper to make one rose.  Start by cutting a small felt circle to be able to sew your zipper to, you should match the felt to you zipper.  Once you have cut out your circle take 2 or 3 stitches to secure the end to the felt circle.

IMG_0863 Next you will fold over the zipper onto itself making a point and stitch in the center.

IMG_0864 You will continue doing this for a total of 5 points.

IMG_0865 IMG_0866 IMG_0867 This is your 5 points so, now you will secure it in the middle and tie it off in the back:

IMG_0868 Don’t worry that the circle is to big we will trim it later, you should now have a small tail left to curl up for the center.

IMG_0869 From this point on, you will continue to curl towards the center and make stitches as you curl to hold it in place.

IMG_0870 You continue rolling take some stitches to secure it along.

IMG_0871 When you get to the middle take several more stitches to secure it in the middle.

IMG_0872 so, now this is the back which you can trim, nowIMG_0874 IMG_0875

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this is the finished rose.  Here are some others I made.

IMG_0878 The metal zippers I think are the best for this rose.  I also, did it with nylon zippers as well.

IMG_0880 IMG_0881These are done with a 22 inch zipper which gives it a bigger center.   This was my first tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it and will give it a try.  Have a great week.  Hugz, Z


  1. These are fabulous girl!!! I have a ton of zippers!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. HI ZANDRA!!!
    No worries on the magnets!!When ever you get a chance, don;t even think about it!!!
    I have waited my whole life for them a few more months is no big deal!!!
    I LOVE THOSE ZIPPER roses!!Oh gosh do you think I---I could do that????YOU made it look so easy, I just may try it!!!
    OH I love them!!
    Now where are you going to place those???
    love them!!
    have a great weekend

  3. These zipper roses are so cool! What a terrific tutorial; how generous of you to share. Thank you, I must try one.

  4. I have a drawer of zippers that are just begging for a new life as roses! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration. Thanks for stopping by my blog and the sweet comment!

  5. Hey! thanks for your comment on my blog! Love your zipper flowers too! Wonder if we got the idea from the same place? I made mine at the beginning of august, but couldn't post it till after Sept 15 as I had done it for SNR Featured ARtist spot! Great minds think alike! ;)

  6. These zippers are awesome! I will have to try these! TFS and thank you for the comment on my blog.
    Hugs, Natasha

  7. Thank you for tutorial! I'll try it and talked about it today on my blog (howaboutthreedots.blogspot.com) and posted link to yours because I think it's great. Greetings, J!

  8. Thank you, my students will love it!


  9. OK, these are too stinkin' cute. How do people think of these things?
    :) Karen

  10. Thanks to you,yesterday it was a day full of zipper flowers!!!!!!Thank you for the tutorial!Kisses from Greece!

  11. Zandra,
    Thank you for the tutorial on the zipper rosette! I made one to adorn a purse and it came out great. Check it out!