Vintage Zipper Flower

Posted by alpinefabrics on Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Vintage Zipper Flower

By Cindy from Riley Blake Designs

 We have had many requests for tutorials on your new "Zippers by the Yard" product line.  This is one of three zipper flowers that we will be presenting.  We also have designers working on patterns for purchase for purses and clothing that will incorporate Riley Blake zippers.  A note about Riley Blake Zippers.  Our zippers are a full zipper with no actual zipper pull to pull the two sides apart. Since the zippers are connected without pulls, you need to have wire cutters (or an old pair of scissors) to cut through the teeth or you can separate the zippers by pulling the two sides apart and using scissors to cut between the teeth.  For our zipper flowers we only use one side of the zipper.

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 I love vintage buttons.  Here is a great way to use your favorite button to make this stunning zipper flower.  Add a pin on the back and it easily adds character to your favorite hat, bag, coat or jacket.

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1 yard of Riley Blake Zippers by the yard (Our zippers are double sided so you can make 2)

Needle and thread of matching color

Vintage button

Glue gun

3 inch circle of felt

Pin for back of button


Course instructions:

The first time I made this type of zipper flower it took me about 40 minutes because it was a little tricky to gather the edges.  I initially tried running a basting stitch via sewing machine but now prefer to run a stitch myself.  It takes me about 20 minutes to make this flower.  Send me your comments on what works for you!

Begin by using your needle and thread, running a basting stitch along the bottom of the zipper.  You will need to stop and start about 3 basting stitches.  I ran one long thread the first time and you know how that turned broke.  running stitch (600x398)
Gently pull your threads and start to gather the zipper. This allows you to mold your flower.    zipper1 (600x398)

Continue to gather until you have a couple of circles in place.

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Now start a new thread and add your button. Sew your button to the end of the zipper and secure it to the middle of the flower.

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Finish gathering the edges of the zipper and mold it into a circle.  It does not have to be a perfect circle, that is the fun of it. Using the thread from the button, secure the back by sewing stitches through the layers of the zippers.  

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This is how my finished back looks like. 

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Once I have finished with the flower shaping I take my small square of felt and cut out a small circle that matches the back of my flower.  Making sure it is not too big or too small.  I add a small amount of glue from the glue gun to the back of the flower and place the felt on the back.  This secures the flower and somewhat finishes off the back. Lastly I add a pin to the back by stitching in place and adding a small amount of glue. 

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There you have it!  A beautiful addition to your wardrobe.

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I made this zipper flower for my baseball hat.  I love baseball hats for those bad hair days and to keep the sun off my face when I am outdoors. Now I wear my hat because it looks great.... bad hair day or not. zipper flower (600x360)

Want something with a little less bling? We are working on showing a demonstration of this daisy flower and hoping to have a video tutorial available on facebook soon. This is so sweet and simple.  It just requires a half zipper and glue.

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What is your favorite color?

Category: Accessories


  1. Do u sell the Zippers or do have to get them from another company? Love the flower and I am interested in trying them... Let me know how I go about getting these ...thanks So much !!!
    by Laura
    March 21st, 2012 at 8:28 p.m.
  2. It is such a fresh idea to put on a brooch to a baseball hat. I love it! Pretty!
    by Vera
    October 03rd, 2012 at 11:05 p.m.
  3. We have a lot of zippers to recycle. Will try this. Great idea. I love it!
    by Marcelle
    March 17th, 2013 at 6:58 p.m.
  4. Where can i get the roll of zipper? Love this.
    by Carey
    June 08th, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.
  5. They are really great! I love the button in blu... if you want, you can visit me on my blog: greetz, Anne
    by Knöpfle
    July 19th, 2013 at 12:02 a.m.

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