ANYWAYS, I've begun to work on dress for my class's upcoming fashion show. My design involves a nice, big zipper flower.
I went in search of a good tutorial to make one, but they all either a.) were too pointy. I'm going for a rounded rosette look or b.) involved hot glue, which I am not too fond of due to a particular incident as a child involving metallic sequins and my thumb. So I decided to make my own and will now share it with you good looking folks.
+zipper(s) with exposed metal teeth (the longer your zipper, the bigger the flower. I used several and sewed them together. Look for a bin of reject zippers in a fabric shop. They're much cheaper and work just as well.)
+thread that corresponds to the color of your zippers
+an hour or two of your time (I got the big yellow one during 3 episodes of The Nanny)
Note: I know the following directions are not very eloquent or fantastically illustrated. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments!
1. Unzip your zipper. Cut through the teeth on each side, as close as possible to the pull, on both sides. If you are using multiple zippers, do this to them as well.
2. On all except for one zipper half, cut the flap of fabric on the other end, as close as possible.
3. Take the one zipper half with the end flap remaining. Tightly roll the fabric flap to form the basis of the flower bud. Secure with a stitch or two.
4. Wrap the zipper around the bud, spiraling downward so the teeth do not overlap. Continue until the bud of the flower is the size that you'd like.
5. Fold the zipper fabric, making a little pleat, and secure it with a stitch.
6. Stitch the edge, near the fold, of the zipper fabric to the bud. Continue stitching and pleating, every half inch or so, wrapping the bottom of the zipper around. (I know this sound complicated, but I promise once you start you will get a feel for it)
7. Once you're through stitching your zipper, stitch the end of it to the middle of the backside of the rosette.
8. If you are adding another zipper half, simply stitch it where the other half left off. Continue until the rosette is the size that you'd like it.
You can use these for all sorts of things: headbands, hair clips, pins, edgy yard decor to throw off the neighbors etc. My mind is reeling with ideas. I can't wait to make some more!