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How to Replace a Broken Zipper Pull

One of the zipper pulls on the duffle bag that I use to carry the majority of my sewing and crafting supplies with me when we’re traveling from contract to contract broke.

broken zipper pull

But the zipper itself was still fine.

zipper in end pocket of duffle bag

So I stopped off at Joann Fabrics (with 50% off coupon) and picked up one of these zipper pull repair kits.

They are also available on Amazon: Dritz Zipper Repair Kit-Clothing (<affiliate link)

Dritz Zipper Repair Kit

Dave had to cut out 4 or 5 of the teeth at the bottom of the zipper on both sides in order to install the new zipper pull.

Cut away 4 or 5 of the zipper teeth

Then the new zipper pull was installed on one side.

New zipper pull on one zipper of zipper

It took a bit of wiggling and adjusting then readjusting to get the zipper pull installed on the second half of the zipper.

New Zipper pull installed

Finally it was just a matter of installing one of the zipper stops that was included in the kit.  He installed that above the area where the zipper teeth had been removed.

Add zipper stop to bottom of zipper

Now I have a fully functioning zipper once again.

Zipper repaired


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  • Aurore St-Amand
    November 22, 2014 8:55 pm

    Achat d’un kit de réparation pour fermeture éclair.

  • Aurore St-Amand
    November 22, 2014 8:54 pm

    Je veux me procurer votre kit de réparation pour fermeture éclair. Merci!

  • Mary
    November 15, 2014 10:57 am

    My zipper pull kits have not had the stopper in them, but I have used a zig zag stitch at the bottom instead. I like the looks of a new stop better, but the stitching will work too.

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    November 14, 2014 5:51 am

    Have never seen a zipper pull repair kit will have to look out for one now it looks like a handy thing to have on hand!

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