February 26, 2014

TUTORIAL: Zipper Flower... by PINQUETTE Lisa

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Hi there everyone! Pinquette Lisa here today with a tutorial for you all to try! I love flowers. I love paper flowers, fabric flowers, silk flowers, flower flowers, and all concepts and deviations in between! I admit that is strange since I'm not such a pastel pink girly girl…but hey, us hard edge girls need flowers too! Today, I decided to show you how to make….zipper flowers using a Pinque Peacock accent.

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First, what you will need is a zipper. Any length zipper will do, but the smaller the zipper, the smaller the flower or the more you will have to piece together. Also, keep in mind that most zippers these days are plastic. To get a metal zipper, either in silver or bronze, you will need to buy a heavy duty zipper (jackets, sleeping bags, etc.) These come in few colors…black, white, beige, brown. To get more colorful flowers, you will need to buy plastic zippers (which offer less contrast) or buy white heavy duty and die them.

For my supplies, I used: one side of a 22" heavy duty black zipper, 1" card stock circle, fishing line, heavy duty needle (in addition, a hot glue gun during assembly.)

First, unzip the zipper. Then using scissors, some that are already dull, none of which are your go to, "I love these scissors, scissors" trim both ends of the zipper off, moving the end tabs and the zipper unit. For gathered fabric flowers, I prefer fishing line or stretchable jewelry string….if you prefer thread, be sure to use heavy duty upholstery thread. I generally use this u-shaped heavy duty needle, but you can use any heavy duty needle with which you feel comfortable. Tie a good, slip-proof knot in the beginning end of the zipper.

I generally use a 1/4" -1'2" running stitch. If you make the stitch more irregular, the more character and personality your flower will have. Run the stitch the entire length of the zipper. Begin to gather by pulling the thread taught beginning with the knotted end of the zipper. Use hot glue to secure the gathered area to your base (card stock for paper crafts, felt if you are intending to use the flower for a pin or hairpiece. 
Gather and glue down one half circle at a time.
When you reach the end, glue the finishing end under the flower.
 I attached a Pinque Peacock button to give it a contrasting center.
These are low profile enough to use on cards, journals, mixed media craft,
pins, hairpieces, etc. I love how this turned out and I hope you do too!
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Julie Odil said...

I HAVE to try this! Thanks so much!

scrapbookingforfun said...

Lisa this is so unique!!!!

Donna K said...

WOW…thanks so much Lisa! I actually think I might be able to master one of these! Great tutorial!!

Laura said...

I bought a zipper flower at michaels the other day.. now I can make my own... very cool idea.. thanks..
Laura D.

Berina RGA said...

very unique and nice.. thanks for the tutorial :)
Moxie Craftie

Kimberly Pate | KP Kre8tions said...

black with that red accent is great! I have seen these and have been to chicken to try them. I am a flower child, but I never have the success making them. You made it look easy!

Anonymous said...

THank you so much for the FABULOUS tutorial!! I really want to head to the store and buy some zippers now!

Miranda said...

WOW!!!! I'll have to give this a try! TFS

SusieScrapper said...

Love it Lisa and you did a fantastic job!! I will have to try this, have quite a few zippers looking for a purpose.