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Playing around with Coats & Clark Cutwork Zippers

Coats & Clark Cutwork zippers are on sale at Joann this week, buy 3 get 3 free, and I’m going to snag a few, well probably more than ‘a few’, ‘cuz they’re just too much fun to play with!

Maybe you haven’t seen these lacey zippers because they’re on the other side of the zipper rack, the side nobody every notices. If you haven’t, then you need to pick up a couple and give ’em a try. They’re easier to install than regular zippers and they add so much POP! to your projects.

I picked up one of these Coats & Clark cutwork zippers a couple of weeks ago, just to play around with it. I did use the zipper foot to install it but it’s not necessary. Why? Because you just lay this zipper down and stitch it in place. Easy, peasy, right?

Here’s a pic of the cute little drawstring bag I made.

Drawstring Bag With Cutwork Zipper Pocket

When I was designing this bag I decided I didn’t want to put that zipper at the top and use it for the closure. Mostly because I wanted to feature the zipper and I thought it wouldn’t show as well if it were at the top.

So I’m like, “Well, I can’t just sew this zipper on the front of the bag for nothing. It has to DO something, right?” So I decided to make it a drawstring bag, put a pocket across the front, and use the zipper to close the pocket. Let me tell you how easy this was…

Before I sewed the side seams on the bag I decided where I wanted to top of the pocket to be and I marked the line across the bag. The pocket runs the full width of the bag because I wanted the entire zipper to lie flat to make it stand out more. (Yeah, I actually designed this bag around this zipper! LOL)

Then, leaving the zipper in the closed position, I simply stitched one side to the front face of the bag.

Then, I opened the zipper and sewed the other side to the front face of the pocket.

Then, with the pocket lying in position flat against the bag, I opened up the zipper about half way and sewed up the side seams, being careful to include the sides of the pocket in the seam and stitching over the ends of the zipper.

Then I trimmed the seams, zipper included, and continued with the bag assembly.

And voila! Isn’t that the cutest little zipper? Now I’m wondering how it would look on the back of a dress.

Donna Anderson

Donna Anderson 'works' at Joann Fabrics at 4600 W. Broad St. in Columbus, OH. Just look for the crazy old lady behind the cutting counter. As a kid, she ran with scissors and ate paste. She's since found safer, more creative ways to use her Fiskars and Mod Podge. Next time you're at the store, stop by the cutting counter and have a chat! (Just please don't ask her about lightbulbs!)

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