I can't seem to stop.
Remember, someone gave me zippers about 10 years ago
So last Saturday, during my garage sale, I experimented and made zipper flowers. I wore one to church Sunday and took some more. I sold the one off of my chest and nearly all that I brought. I have made more and at church last night, I was very popular. Here are the ones that I have made.
Written tutorial: Sorry I did not take pictures.
- To make them, I cut the stop off the bottom and upzip. This removes the pull. [I am saving them because I live by the mantra, "Never throw anything away!".]
- I now have two parts of the zipper. The size of the flower depends on the length of the zipper.
- After much experimentation, my favorite flowers begin by rolling the zipper end that I cut off the stop. I use hot glue to tack it as I roll about 1" of zipper. That is not exact, just roll until you like it.
- Now I run a gathering stitch along the cloth edge. I use beading thread, just because I have it. I stitch about 3", pull it up and tack the gathers.
- The next part is just personal preference. I gather a bit and then glue it around the base center roll. Gather some move and glue.
- When I get to the end of the zipper, tuck the end under and glue.
- Now I decide if I want to add more zipper to make the flower larger or stop.
- When I am happy with the flower, I cut a small round of felt and glue it to the bottom.
- I can get creative and add feathers or tassel leftovers or lace or whatever else I can find. Sometimes the craziest things make the best background. I made some yo-yos to go behind the zipper flowers.
- The last step is to decide how it will be worn. I glued some to headbands, some to elastic, some to clips and some to pins.
This weekend we are going to Austin to plan Gary's memorial service and
babysit our grandson.
I will take my supplies and make flowers. I cannot sit still. I have to always be doing something.