How to Add a Zipper End

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to add a zipper end to your zipper tape. Adding a zipper end is an easy way to take your project to the next level. Be sure to watch the video tutorial for your step-by-step instructions. Let’s get started!

How to add a Zipper End tutorial

Supplies

Preparing the Zipper Tape

I finished my purse but wanted to create a professional finish for the end of my zipper tape.

How to add a zipper end - preparing the zipper tape

Because my zipper tape is a number five, which is just indication for the width of the tape, I’m going to trim down the corners to achieve a beveled edge. Once I trimmed down those corners I’m going to add a little bit of Fray Check so that everything stays nice and tidy.

Choosing a Finish

Zipper ends come in a variety of finishes. You just need to choose one that will coordinate best with your project.

The finish I’m choosing is gold because it will match my zipper teeth and the rest of my hardware on this bag. This hardware comes with the end itself and a small screw to help the zipper and stay into place.

Installing the Zipper End

All you have to do is fit the end of your zipper tape into the cavity of the zipper end. Because my zipper tape is wide, I fold in the sides of the tape so that everything fits nice and snug. Once I get the tape inside of the zipper end, we’ll just add the tiny screw to help secure the tape in place.

Installing the screw for the zipper end

The trick here is to have the dexterity to handle such a tiny screw. I found that magnetizing your screwdriver is very helpful. You can place your metal screwdriver onto a magnet. This will help you get the screw into the opening. The tiny screw helps to keep the tape in place. If you want, you can add a drop of Loctite before you screw everything together. 

Enjoy the Results!

Adding a zipper end to your zipper tape is just that simple and it creates such a lovely finish for a project that you’ve worked so hard on. 

How to add Zipper Ends to your handmade bag

I have a variety of finishes in my online shop for you to choose from. My favorite is probably the Iridescent Rainbow. It goes really nicely with my Iridescent Zipper Tape.

Check out all of my bag hardware in my online shop!

Watch the Video Tutorial

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You may also want to check out a few of my other Handmade Bag articles! Check out the Betty Bowler Bag and the Ultimate Travel Bag!

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How to Install Purse Feet

Purse Feet are some of the easiest additions to install into your Handmade Bag, Tote or Purse!  These little gems can take your handmade bags and purses to the next level while keeping the bottom of your item off surfaces.  I love how this hardware comes in different sizes and finishes too!  Let me show you how to install purse feet and you can start adding these to your handmade goodies too!

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Purse Feet Supply List

  • Bucket Purse Feet
    • (Check out all the different finishes right HERE)
  • Stabilizing swatch
    • (I used Pellon Peltex)
  • Sharp blade
    • (You can get something like THIS on Amazon)
  • Marking tool
    • (I just used a pencil)
  • Fray Check
    • (you should only need this if using cotton or knit fabric)

Installing your purse feet

Deciding which hardware finish to use on your handmade bag is really fun!  I like to try to match all my hardware.  If I am using a metal zipper, then I try to match the teeth on the zipper.  If I am using Swivel Snaps or Adjustable Sliders, then I will try to match those as well.  I think a nice bag or purse will have all matching hardware finish.

Pictured below is the bottom side of my Ansel Camera Bag.  To learn more about how I made this fun bag (and about using cork fabric) – Head over to my post about Sewing with Cork Fabric.

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Once you have chosen your hardware finish, you just need to install your hardware!  It is important to do this before you assemble your bag.  I usually install purse feet when I am done adding the interfacing to a bottom panel.

In the bag pictured below, the designer wanted to add buttons instead of purse feet.  While buttons would have added a cute touch – I really like how the purse feet look instead.  This bag is called the Ultimate Travel Bag and there is LOTS of hardware in this bag.

 

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Watch the video Tutorial

For this video tutorial, I have used a scrap piece of soft vinyl.  You can use just about any type of fabric.  I have used cotton, knit, vinyl, cork, and leather (just to name a few). Check out this step-by-step video to see how easy it is to install your own hardware to your handmade bag, tote or purse.

 

I hope you found this video tutorial helpful.  Be sure to head over to my online shop to get your own purse feet (in your favorite finish).  I cant wait to see your finished projects!  Be sure to share these on my Facebook Group.

Comment below and tell me what your favorite finish is!  Currently, I love the Gun Metal finish!

Happy Sewing!

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How to Install Metal Bag Labels

Installing metal bag labels into your handmade totes, purses, wallets or bags is one of the easiest additions you can bring to your custom items.  This additional bit of hardware can really set your handmade items apart and help people take notice of all your hard work!  These metal bag labels come in a variety of finishes to compliment your fabric and even the rest of your hardware.  Let me show you all the options for this wonderful hardware and don’t forget to watch the video tutorial so you can see how easy it is to install your own metal tags!

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Metal bag label Supply List

Installing your Metal Bag Label

Deciding which hardware finish to use on your handmade bag is really fun!  I like to try to match all my hardware.  If I am using a metal zipper, then I try to match the teeth on the zipper.  If I am using Swivel Snap Hooks or Adjustable Sliders, then I will try to match those as well.  I think a nice bag or purse will have all matching hardware finish.  If you don’t have any other hardware on your bag or wallet, you can always determine which hardware finish would most complement your handmade item.

For this tutorial, I am using a piece of Cork Fabric that is interfaced with foam and SF101 (Shape-flex).  Your Metal Bag Label comes in a variety of finishes.  This hardware comes with 2 screws and a stabilizing bracket.  Have a marking utensil handy as well as a small Phillips head screwdriver.

I recommend using a Leather Punch.



This Leather Punch has an adjustable head so you can ensure the hole you make is the right size for your project.  Take a moment to compare the size of the hole, on the back of the Metal Bag Label, to the size of the hole on the Leather Punch.  The holes on the back of the Metal Bag Label are not horizontally aligned.  One side is higher than the other side.  This means we need to pay close attention to where we punch holes to install our Metal Bag Label.  

Take your Metal Bag Label and press down to make an indent in your project.  Use your marking utensil to denote where the holes need to be punched.  Use your Leather Punch to make your holes in the front of your project and also on the back.  Remove any access materials that might be in the way of the screw.

Align the Metal Bag Label with the holes that you just made and attach the stabilizing bracket.  PRO TIP!  If your project is either Cotton or Canvas, I recommend using Frey Check!  Install the screws with a tiny Phillips head screwdriver.

Pictured below is the front of my Ethel Bag.  This is a free sewing pattern by Swoon and super easy to make.

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Once you have chosen your hardware finish, you just need to install your hardware!  It is important to do this before you assemble your bag.  I usually install the Metal Bag Label when I am done adding the interfacing to a panel.

 

Watch the video Tutorial

For this video tutorial, I have used a scrap piece of Cork Fabric.  You can use just about any type of fabric.  I have used cotton, knit, vinyl, cork, and leather (just to name a few). Check out this step-by-step video to see how easy it is to install your own hardware to your handmade bag, tote or purse.

Metal Bag Labels are some of the easiest additions to install into your Handmade Bag, Tote or Purse! Let me show you how to install Metal Bag Labels and you can start adding these to your handmade goodies too! #Sewing #DIY #MetalBagLabels #VideoTutorial #Totes #Bag #Handmade #Designer #Custom #BagHardware #Purses #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Be sure to head over to my online shop to get a Metal Bag Label in the finish you like best!

Happy Sewing!

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