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How to Sew a Zipper

Learn how to sew in a zipper with this step-by-step tutorial.

By: Debbie Wolfe for AllFreeSewing.com
Updated November 06, 2020
How to Sew a Zipper

Sewing a zipper may seem intimidating for new sewers, but it's surprisingly easy once you know the basic steps. Knowing how to sew a zipper will allow you to make sophisticated home and fashion accessories, and even garments.

It's definitely a skill that's worth learning if you want to improve your sewing skills. Learn how to install a zipper by making a basic and versatile zippered pouch.

By combining the step-by-step how-to with an easy project will make any beginner (or even experienced) sewist feel more comfortable going forward with sewing projects that involve zippers.

There are a few different ways to sew on a zipper to bags and other sewing projects but this is one of the easiest ways to do it: using a sewing machine and a zipper foot attachment.
 

Zipper Pouch Supplies: Cut Fabric Pieces, Zipper, Zipper Foot

Zipper Pouch Supplies

  - 9-inch zipper
  - Two pieces of fabric, 9 x 7 inches
  - Zipper foot
  - Matching thread

How to Sew a Zipper:

Step 1: Attach Zipper Foot to Machine

The zipper foot is the star of this task. It will allow you to sew close to the zipper teeth for a secure, smooth finish.

The presser foot is adjustable and can be fitted to the left or right of your sewing needle, depending on where the zipper teeth are located. The foot applies even pressure to the teeth as you sew along.
 

Step 1: Attach Zipper Foot to Sewing Machine

Step 2: Line Up the Zipper

Place the right side of the zipper along the 9-inch right (patterned/pretty) side of one of the pieces of fabric. Match up the edges and clip or pin them into place.

Step 2: Line Up the Zipper on Fabric

Step 3: Stitch the Zipper to Fabric

Stitch the zipper in place. You may have to unzip the zipper at first to sew down the edge of one side (to get around the zipper head). The needle should be close to the zipper teeth.

Step 3: Stitch the Zipper to Fabric

Step 4: Continue Sewing Zipper onto Pouch Piece

Once you have sewn about an inch or two, rezip the zipper and continue sewing.

Step 4: Continue Sewing Zipper onto Pouch Piece

When you are done, flip the fabric piece over with the right side of the fabric facing up.

Step 4: Continue Sewing the Zipper on the Fabric, Then Flip Fabric Over Right Side

Step 5: Add Opposite Side of Pouch Fabric

Lay the other piece of fabric on top, right side down, making sure to line up the edge with the unsewn side of the zipper. Pin or clip into place. Sew along the edge of the zipper teeth. You may need to unzip it part of the way in order to sew around the zipper head.

Step 5: Add Opposite Side of Fabric to Zippered Side Piece

Step 6: Open and Press Zippered Pouch Pieces

Once both sides are sewn onto each side of the zipper, open it up and press.

Step 6: Open and Press Zippered Pouch Pieces

Step 7: Topstitch Zippered Pouch Pieces

Topstitch along the zipper edge. This will help secure the zipper in place as well as provide a finishing touch.

Step 7: Topstitch Zippered Pouch Pieces

Step 8: Sew the Zippered Pouch

Unzip the zipper. Pin or clip the fabric pieces together and sew a 1/4-inch seam allowance around the sides and bottom of the pouch. Turn the pouch right side out and press, if needed.

Step 8: Sew the Zippered Pouch Pieces Together

Enjoy!

Finished Zipper Pouch

Make pouches, pillowcases, pants, or dresses with zippered opening with ease with this simple technique.

Finished Zipper Pouch

About the Author

Debbie Wolfe is an author and freelance writer in home, garden, DIY, and lifestyle topics. Debbie has written for leading online media outlets and online retailers, including HGTV, The Home Depot, Walmart, Family Handyman, Realtor, and more. Her book, Do-It-Yourself Garden Projects and Crafts, from Skyhorse Publishing, features a variety of practical DIY projects to beautify your garden and home.

Visit her website!

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