I hope you liked the Pretty Zippered Pencil Case I showed you how to make yesterday. Having a little something special ready and waiting for young students could motivate them to feel excited for the first day of school and may just make them feel a little more at ease and excited about beginning school. Today I’m showing you how to make the easiest zipper pull attachment with no machine sewing required that can go with the 3 cute back-to-school pencil cases I featured this week. These zipper pulls require very few supplies and include DMC Matte Cotton Yarn (or embroidery floss) and an Elan Snap-Clip. These zipper pulls add functionality and bright, cheerful color to pencil cases, bags, backpacks and more.
- 5 to 6 skeins of DMC Matte Cotton Yarn or embroidery floss
- Elan Snap-Clip ½” (the D-ring that comes with it is not required)
- crewel embroidery needle or yarn needle
- small scissors
Check out my Easy Zipper Pulls YouTube video tutorial.
Choose a cotton yarn or embroidery floss as the main color for the tassel mop and remove the paper sleeve.
Note: You can use the whole skein or unravel ½ of the skein to use. If you don’t want to use up all of your gorgeous DMC Matte Cotton Yarn, using ½ the skein will work as well.
Cut a 36” length from the remaining 6 colors of embroidery floss, as shown. I’m repeating my colors for a total of 6 rounds of color.
Using the tassel mop color, tie one of the 6 colors around the center of the skein and wrap it around the skein tightly leaving a length of floss. Attach the snap clip and use the extra length of floss to wrap around the base of the snap clip several times to secure it. Leave extra floss to tie to the next color.
Continue to tie and wrap other colors evenly on each side of the center wrap incorporating your tied ends into the wrapping until it looks like the picture below. Use your yarn needle to burry loose ends and tie off thread.
Bend your skein in half and using about 10” of the last color of floss, tie your wrapped loop, split the floss in half and use these split ends to tie it tight.
Cut the looped ends of your tassel so that they’re even.
Attach the tassel to your zipper and admire.
If you are more of an auditory learner, you may wish to watch my YouTube Tutorial to make these zippers pulls.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s pencil case tutorials and that you have built more zipper insertion, applique and quilting confidence. Be sure to try these zipper pulls from today’s tutorial for the young ones in your life to help brighten up their school year with just 2 specific sewing notions DMC Matte Cotton Yarn and Elan Snap-Clip. Have a great weekend and Happy Sewing.