Betty Box Pleat

Bling it on! Tassel Zipper Tab

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Making a Tassel Zipper tab

This tutorial shows you how to add some bling to a zipper tab.

what you need

Materials required:

1 x #5 zip at your desired length

2 x 5cm (2”) x 6.5cm (2.5”) fabric rectangles

1 x 8cm (3.1/4”) x 1.2cm (1/2”) length of non-woven fabric

eg: Leather, Cork, Vinyl, pleather (Faux Leather)

1 x 1.2cm (1/2”) D ring


1 measurements

  1. With your fabric rectangle wrong side up, fold in half short edge to short edge, finger press, open out and fold both edges into the middle and press

Repeat with the remaining fabric rectangle – set aside

step 3

  1. Fold the 8cm x 1.2cm length of non-woven fabric in half, matching the two short ends and attach the D ring.

Using your zipper foot, stitch as close as possible to the base edge of the D ring to secure in place.

step 2

  1. Place one folded fabric rectangle on the table wrong side up.

Find the middle of the long edge.

With the zipper tape right side up, lift one of the fabric folds and centre the tape under the fold. Place the fold back over the zipper tape creating a neat zip end.

Tutorial 4

  1. Place the D ring tab over the centre of the zipper teeth to within 10 mm (3/8”) from the bottom fold.

Tutorial 6

  1. Place the final folded fabric rectangle right side up over all layers and match the edges with the base rectangle. Pin in place through all layers – it is easy to keep everything neat if your pins travel down the side edge of the D ring tab and zipper tape

Tutorial 7

  1. Stitch around the outer edge of your zip tab to secure in place. Attach your tassel cap to the D ring
  2. Repeat on the other end of your zipper with or without the tassel tab and attach your zipper to your bag as per the instructions. Make sure that when you sew the side seams your D tab is pinned out of the way. Once your bag is made simply attach a tassel to the D and you’re all done! Enjoy! 🙂 x

Elephant close up with tab tassel BBP

Where do we find the fabulous items used in this tutorial?

YKK Zipper Tape

Tassel Cap

Tiny 12mm D Rings

Cork was sourced from Aussie Cork – Facebook buying group.


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