Tuesday, 20 September 2011

.A whole lota zippers.

Awhile ago my sister gave me a massive zip-lock bag full of zippers.  She had been to a deceased estate sale and the lady of the house must have been into thrifty sewing because she had a whole hoard of zippers stashed in one of her draws - most of them had been unpicked from old items of clothing.

I'm just about to start making some new cushion covers for our couch cushions but have been pushing the project back as it means making a trip to the shops to pick up some zippers - then I remembered the big bag of old lady zippers in the cupboard and problem solved!!

I didn't think I would ever use them, still overcoming my issues with second-hand stuff, but if it means saving me a trip to the shops and a bit of money I think I'm going to face my issues and get on with it!
There are actually some really cool zippers in the stash...lots of retro looking ones and funky shaped pulls.  Even some brand new ones still in their vintage packaging.  
 
I'll definitley be remembering to dive into my zipper collection next time I need to sew something with zippers, who knows what treasures I will find?!  Perhaps I'll make one of these funky no-fabric zippered pouches just to use some of them up!

10 comments:

Sarah said...

Zipper flowers. Lots of tutorials out there for them

LeeanneA / KMullally said...

I would sew them side by side - one opening up - the next down and so on until they are all connected. Then sew them onto a backing and make a pillow like cover - but instead of something soft inside put a board. Now the kids can zip and unzip for hours! :)

Jennifer said...

Love Sarah's suggestion of zipper flowers - they are popular. I was going to suggest zipper pencil cases.

Marnie said...

Save the awesome looking vintage ones for clothes. They look so good sewn onto dresses etc if you put them on as exposed zippers. Imagine one of them on a more plain jacket. It would look awesome.

CheezyK said...

The pencil case/pouch was the first thing I thought of when I saw such a large bunch of zippers! Am off to google zipper flowers, sounds interesting ...

Carli said...

The smelly zippers finally see the light of day after 100 years!

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh Thea from Thea & Sami sent me a bag of zippers like that, i really must use them all up!! I will, i'll get there, they are an expense to buy so it's such a bonus to be given some. I'll use them up on simple pouches, done, love Posie

Dea said...

Oh I just Googled zipper flowers, oh the possibilities! This is one of the reasons I love the crafting community, so many great shared ideas!

The undomesticated scientist said...

What a stash! I remember when my mum helped at jumble sales and removed zips from stuff that didn't sell and was off to the rag man. She had the buttons too.

Melinda said...

Lucky you. I get a sense of satisfaction from recycling things like that.

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