As you might have noticed, I’ve really got into using zipper pulls as a finishing touch on pouches and bags. Here’s a way I devised lately of making a fabric pull to match the pouch you are making. I won’t lie – it *is* a little bit fiddly, but the results are cute, and I think, worth it. I attempted all kinds of methods of attaching the pull to the zip and finally settled upon using a 7mm double loop split ring. They are very cheap and easy to get hold of from any beading shop or some craft shops – and come in different finishes; I got silver, gold and antique bronze – which seems a good selection to match up with most fabrics.
Tutorial: Making a fabric zipper pull
Cut a piece of fabric measuring 1 1/2 inches by 4 inches. Fold in one of the short edges 1/4 inch, and press.
Fold the fabric in half, lengthways, right sides together, and press.
Stitch the open long edge and the unfolded short edge closed – with a scant 1/4 inch seam. Reverse stitch or back stitch at either end of the stitching to secure.
Trim the seam a little and cut diagonally across the corner, as shown, without cutting through the stitching, of course!
Turn the tube you have created right side out. This seems a bit impossible at first, but if you use a blunt pointed knitting needle or crochet hook and start in the middle as shown, it actually comes together quite easily. Or you can use a fancy tube turner if you have one – that makes it very easy indeed.
Make sure the folded short edge that you made in Step 1 is tucked inside the tube, then press the tube flat (with the seam to the side), then hand stitch the open short end closed.
Thread the split ring onto the zip end.
Thread the fabric pull through the loop, so the loop is positioned at the half way point, and twist the fabric over, as shown.
Fold the fabric pull in half and pin the ends together.
Adjust your stitch length to a shorter setting (I use 1.5mm) and stitch across, as close to the loop as you can, leaving long threads at either end – DON’T reverse stitch.
Knot the two threads at either side of the fabric pull, then, using a needle, hide the thread ends by stitching them into the fabric of the pull, and trimming away any excess.
Here’s how the finished hoop looks: