I found a few tutes on YouTube, but they all showed these pretty little symmetrical petals, or a simple circle with the zip just wound around and around itself. I wanted something a bit more organic and wilder looking, so I just struck out on my own.
What you need:
- Zipper - I like the old metal teeth, but a colorful plastic zip has its place :)
- Non-fraying backing - I used a piece of fleece, cut in a circle.
- Scissors (natch)
- Needle & Thread (of course)
I started with an outer "petal" - I simply made a loop, and anchored it in place on my backing fabric with a couple of stitches:
I continued making petals with randomly sized and placed loops, anchoring each one in place with a stitch or two:
Several outer petals, stitched in place. I anchored the thread and cut it:
I then started a tight roll at the other end of the zipper - this will be the center of the flower.:
Adding the zipper pull was an afterthought - it would have been better to start by stitching the pull in place. You could, of course, add a bead or 3, or some other flower-center-goody. I also doubled the zip back on itself randomly, rather than just continuing the circular pattern. Take a stitch every now and then to secure your folds and loops.
Once I had looped and folded and rolled this end of the zipper, I secured it in the center, then made some random stitches pulling the outer petals into wavier shapes. Each flower you make will look totally different than the others by using this method. Just like nature intended! ;-)
Here is the flower stitched on to the hat it was meant for (hat review is here):
You could, of course, use a sturdier backing and make a pin to place wherever you want to wear it.
Pretty simple with a fun result! Remember: don't toss those old crappy zippers!
I'm all ears for other creative ways to use up my zipper stash - what have you done with yours? Or want to do?