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Easy Zipper Flower Tutorial

Updated on October 8, 2012

I love all of the zipper flowers I keep seeing so I decided to try to make one and now I'm hooked! Let me tell you, if you are looking for an easy, quick and inexpensive project, this is the one for you. Not only are they easy to make but they are popular and so fashionable right now. You can wear them several different ways. Here is just a few ideas:

  • Make cute hair accessories like headbands and clips, etc.
  • Make brooches to wear on shirts, hats, etc.
  • Embellish the tops of dress shoes- like some cute high heels
  • Make a bib or statement necklace
  • Use small sized ones to make statement rings
  • Make bracelets
  • Embellish a tote bag or purse with them
  • Use them to embellish a decorative throw pillow

Another thing about this craft that I love is that each zipper makes two flowers. The diameter of the flower depends on the length of the zipper. I personally prefer using zippers that have the silver metal teeth because I love how the silver stands out but you can use any kind of zipper and it will still look nice.

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Gather Your Materials

  • Zipper
  • Scissors
  • Needle and strong thread
  • Glue gun
  • Felt circle- preferably matching the zipper
  • Embellishment for the center- a button, gem, etc.

Step 1

The first thing to do is unzip the zipper and separate each side so it's into two pieces. If it's a non-separating zipper just cut it right above where it connects at the bottom and then separate it. Once you have it separated, cut off each end right where the teeth start and take the zipper pull off. You can save the ends and zipper pull if you want. You may want to use them later for something.

22 inch zipper
22 inch zipper | Source
zipper separated
zipper separated
ends cut off
ends cut off
2 separate pieces
2 separate pieces

Step 2

Now thread your needle with some strong thread and a tie a big knot at the end. The amount of thread I use depends on the length of the zipper. If it's a 22 inch zipper, I use the same length of thread. Once you have threaded your needle, make a running stitch down the length of the zipper as close to the edge as you can opposite the teeth and sort of gather it down as you go. I usually just leave the needle and excess thread attached until I'm done gluing my flower together. The reason why is because I want the excess thread so I can loosen or tighten the gathers as needed when I'm forming my flower.

Start a running stitch
Start a running stitch | Source
Beginning the stitch
Beginning the stitch
stitch finished and zipper gathered
stitch finished and zipper gathered

Step 3

Time to form the flower. Start out by folding over a small amount of the end of the gathered zipper. What you want to do is start a little swirl, putting dots of glue on the sewn edge behind it, to keep it in place. This is the center of your flower. Now just keep going around and gluing each section down to the sewn edge behind it. Adjust the gathers as you go, to produce the look that you want. Keep going like this until you get to the end of the zipper and put a dot of glue on the end and tuck it under being sure it blends in with the edge of the flower. After it is all glued together, cut the leftover thread.

Turn it in, glue in place and start rolling into a spiral, gluing it as you go.
Turn it in, glue in place and start rolling into a spiral, gluing it as you go. | Source
Keep going, putting dots of glue to hold it in place
Keep going, putting dots of glue to hold it in place | Source
Tuck and glue end under and cut thread
Tuck and glue end under and cut thread | Source

Step 4

Now take the felt circle and glue it onto the back to hide all the stitching and then glue on the embellishment for the center of your flower or if you choose, you can leave it plain. All done! Now you have a cute zipper flower ready to be made into a fabulous fashion accessory :)

Ready for felt circle
Ready for felt circle | Source
Glue it on
Glue it on | Source
Now add your embellishment
Now add your embellishment | Source

***Tips and Ideas***

  • You can also purchase zipper trim by the foot to make these.
  • When gluing the flower if you pull the gathers tighter while you are gluing it, it will cause the flower to look a bit more ruffly and dimensional, if you gather it loosely it will be more flat and spiral looking.
  • The shorter zippers make great ring sized flowers or you could even use both sides of a smaller zipper to make a larger blossom if you wanted. Just stitch and gather both zippers separately. Start the flower with one and finish the outer layers with the second zipper. You could even try using two different colors if you wanted.
  • You can use the end pieces that you cut off at the beginning of the tutorial to embellish the flower some way if you like. I have used them to form leaves.


Thank you for dropping by to check out my zipper flower tutorial.. Hopefully I have inspired you to make one or a few :)

Embellished Zipper Flower Photos

black zipper flowers with vintage button embellishments
black zipper flowers with vintage button embellishments | Source
dark blue zippers
dark blue zippers | Source
maroon zipper blossom with vintage button middle
maroon zipper blossom with vintage button middle | Source
small pink flowers- one with saved zipper ends for leaves
small pink flowers- one with saved zipper ends for leaves | Source
cream colored zipper flowers with antique button centers
cream colored zipper flowers with antique button centers | Source

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    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      That Grrl- Yes, it is annoying when a zipper goes out for sure... this would be a great way to use those broken zippers :)

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      Laura Brown 

      5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I get annoyed when a zipper breaks on anything. They are hard to fix unless you can find a zipper to fit exactly. I've always thrown away the broken zippers - this is a better idea.

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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Glimmer Twin Fan- Thank you.. I didn't even think about on a jean jacket but you are so right! They are super easy to do.. and fun to see how they come out.. Each one comes out different but always they are cute. Thank you for the pin!!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Wow, these are really cool! They'd look nice on a jean jacket and don't look hard to do. Pinned.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      wizardofodds- I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.. they really do turn out cute for such small amount of work...thanks for dropping by!

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      Kayla Brown 

      6 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      These are simply adorable-- AND easy! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to get crafting!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      JoAnn- Hey there friend :) You are so welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I LOVE doing these... so easy yet such cute results!

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      JoAnn Hutcheson 

      6 years ago from S. E. Georgia, USA

      Great tutorial Jamie! and thanks for all those tips ;-)

      JoAnn

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      teaches- I know what you mean.. I was surprised such thing as a zipper could be made into these pretty flowers too.. Ya never know what you are going to see these days!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I have thrown away so many zippers, wish I had them now! Very lovely results from such a basic item. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Rose! They are super easy to make too :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      These flowers are so cute! Thanks for another great craft tutorial.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      kashmir- Thank you! I appreciate the votes.. always great seeing you :)

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend very interesting craft ideas and so well explained and great photos has well. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      laurathegentleman - Yes, I've been seeing them around lots of places online too. You really should try and make one sometime.... you would be surprised how easy they are :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hi Jennifer.. You are welcome :) I am sure you could make one of these with no problem - they really are simple and you will be so happy you did it and will love how cute it is that you'll want to make more!

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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      kathleenkat- oh yeah.. if you lots of zippers this would be great for you.. once you make one and see how easy and cute it is.. you'll probably want to make more! Thank you for dropping by :)

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      laurathegentleman 

      6 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      These are adorable! I'm sensing a Christmas present craft here... I've seen these on Pinterest, but I've never been brave enough to try it!!

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      jenniferblair 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      These are so cute! And they're so versatile. I'm not very handy with a needle and thread, but I think I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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      kathleenkat 

      6 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      I may try this sometime. I have a lot of extra scraps laying around, and zippers make up a portion of that.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      donnah75- Thank you for the vote up :) I have been seeing them for a while now and have always thought they were darling. I've even seen a few different styles of them and I agree.... this would be a great craft for a teenager.. especially since they are so popular right now. Thank you for dropping by!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      What a cute idea. I haven't seen these, but I can see how they would be popular. This would be a great project for a teenager who wants to learn how to sew and craft. :) Voted up.

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