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.

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Watch the Video Tutorial

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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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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.

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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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Bag & Purse Hardware is HERE!

Do you ever spent lots of time (and money) on making the perfect handmade bag only to be disappointed with the hardware you had to use?  So many Big Box stores carry hardware that is bulky and ugly.  Wouldnt it be nice to find a hardware selection that has more variety of sizes and finishes?

I’m super excited to share that I have stocked my shelves with some really great bag and purse hardware!  Many of you already know how much I love using hardware when making bags, purses and totes.  Now I can also offer these great items to you as well!  Just take a look at what you might find in my online shop!

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Considering all the things I love to make, it only made sense for me to start stocking and selling professional grade, high quality bag and purse hardware.  I have partnered with Emmaline Bags, Inc (based in Canada) to bring you most of my very favorite items!  Let me show you some of these right here.

Triangle Rings

Triangle rings are used in place of D-rings.  These triangle rings are top of the line, solid metal and come in a variety of sizes and finishes.  I just love them and use them on the Ultimate Travel Bag and the Betty Bowler Bag.  You can even use these on the Dayna Pack.

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Bucket Purse Feet

These little gems are just about the easiest bling that you can add to your bag or tote.  With easy installation – bucket purse feet can really save the fabric of your bag.  I dont know how many times I have had to set down my purse in a spot that I wish was cleaner (ball games, airports and even restroom floors – eeewwwwww).  Adding bucket purse feet has extended the life of many bags indeed!

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Adjustable & Removable Strap Hardware

If you’ve followed me for long, you know that I love to make purse and bag straps that are adjustable and removable!  In order to do this, you need 3 seperate pieces of hardware.  You need Triangle Rings, Swivel Clasps and Adjustable Sliders.

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Fancy Finishings

You worked so hard on your handmade bag, so why not add some “Fancy Finishings” to make your bag complete!  Wheather you add a Metal Label or a Metal Zipper Pull, these final touches will complete the look of your handmade masterpiece!  Be sure to add your Metal Label during the construction of your bag!  You don’t want the attaching hardware to show through your lining!

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There are many more options in my Shop.  Head over and take a peek!  If you need something that you dont see offered, be sure to leave a comment below and I will add it to my list!

Happy Sewing!

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