Friday, March 5, 2010

Zipper Rosette Tutorial

So...this is the first tutorial I've ever tried to make. I'm a little nervous. Hopefully the instructions are clear and you'll want to make some of your own!

How to make a Zipper Rosette...

Supplies Needed:
-upholstery thread or embroidery floss & needle
-pliers (are helpful, but not always necessary)
-coordinating (with your zipper) felt
-hot glue gun

Step 1
Take your zipper completely apart. This is where a pair of pliers can come in handy. Some zippers are just stopped with glue that can be forcefully pulled apart, or thread that can be sewn, but some have this little metal stopper that you can see above. To get them off I use a combination of pulling with pliers and yanking the zipper apart. As you can see in the next picture, all of the pieces don't always come off 'cleanly', but it shouldn't affect the final outcome.
*Note - I like to save the zipper pull to glue into the center of some of the rosettes, but its up to you.
Step 2Using embroidery floss, or some other very strong thread, knot the end of the floss and begin a running stitch about 1/8th of an inch from the bottom of a zipper half. I've found that a longer stitch is better (which is the main reason I do this by hand rather than with my sewing machine.)

Step 3Once you've sewn along the entire bottom of the zipper, pull your thread to form gathers. How tight you pull your thread is up to you. I've found that it is a lot easier to work with in the next few steps if you don't pull it as tight as you can. You'll want a little 'give'. Tie off your thread and snip.

Step 4This is the hardest step to illustrate, so I'll do my best to walk you through it. Starting with the edge of the zipper that you started your running stitch on, roll the zipper onto itself. As you are rolling, pull the raw edge from the beginning of the zipper (just a bit) through the hole in the middle. (This will make more of a finished middle and hidden raw edges.) Continue arranging the rosette by making each layer peak out from the previous.

Step 5Cut out a piece of felt that is close to the same size as your rosette. (Yep! This is the easy step!)

Step 6Liberally apply hot glue to the bottom of your rosette, and attach it to the piece of felt. Make sure when you glue it down to the felt that both the middle of the rosette and the very end raw edges are tucked under the rosette and glued down.

This is the point that you can add some 'bling' to the center of the rosette if you choose. (I like to use the zipper pull, but you could add a purl or gem, or something of the sort.)

Step 7Cut away the excess felt from behind the rosette.

You are now DONE!! Finish the rosette as you please. *I've added leaves to a few, but they are definitely cute enough to stand alone on their own too.* Attach to alligator clips, bobby pins, etc.!

Hopefully this little tutorial has been helpful! Happy crafting!


  1. super cute!! i will diffinetively try it!
    thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing...great tutorial!

  3. i tried it, this is very detailed and i got through it with ease! thank you!!!