I recently wrote an article for Issue 11 of the digital sewing magazine One Thimble on creating your own double pull zippers and thought you might like to have a read of it here on my blog as well! I learnt how to make double pull zippers a few months ago when designing my Little Freehand Pack pattern and once I had made my first, I was hooked!
Creating a double pull zipper is soooo easy…. Like amazingly easy, MUCH easier than you think it will be! You don’t need many tools, they don’t take long to whip up, and you can add them to almost any bag that already has a zipper component to it.
- Two zippers you would like combine into one zipper with two zipper pulls (I’m using two long pull zippers)
- Pair of pliers or a metal skewer
Take your two long pull zippers and remove the top zipper stops off both zippers. These are the small metal ‘claws’ at the top/open end of your zipper on each side. I like to use a small metal skewer however a small pair of pliers will work as well.
Take the zipper pull off one of your zippers and put the zipper tape aside (you won’t be needing it).
Rotate the zipper pull 180° and move the zipper pull on the second zipper down a few inches so it is out of the way.
Feed the end of one side of the zipper tape into the zipper until the pull is sitting at the start of the zipper teeth. Ensure your loose zipper pull is facing the opposite direction to the pull on the second zipper – both should be facing each other with the rounded ends facing in (and the flat ends facing out).
Holding the pull and tape in place, feed the second side of the tape into the pull until the pull is sitting at the start of the teeth and the two ends of tape are level with each other.
Holding the ends of the tape firmly in place together and level with each other, gently wriggle the zipper pull down and onto the teeth to create your double pull zipper.
If your zipper tape looks uneven and is not sitting flat when the zippers are closed together, you can check if the teeth have been fed through the second pull correctly by looking at the teeth at the very start of the tape. There should only be one tooth sitting past the last tooth on the opposite side. If there is more than one tooth, take your added zipper pull off and have another go feeding it on evenly.
And that’s all there is to it! How easy was that!
Now that you’ve had a go at creating your very own personalised double pull zipper, the possibilities are now wide open for adding a double pull zipper to your next bag or project!
Happy sewing! Lisa.