Don’t you hate it when you need a zipper and you don’t have the right size? Unfortunately, if all the zippers you have on hand are too short I’m afraid there’s no hope — but if you have a zipper that’s too long, there’s a really easy fix. Here’s how to shorten a zipper!
1. Take your too-long zipper and figure out what length you need it to be. Measure from Point A (the top of the zipper, where the pull stops), to Point B (the point at the bottom where your finished zipper seam will end). So – if your zipper seam will be 6″ long, you want the distance between Points A and B to be 6″. Go about 1″ past Point B and mark that spot with a pin.
2. Using a zig zag stitch that’s shorter than normal length (about .5-1mm), sew across the zipper tape at the point you marked with the pin, going right over the zipper. (Yes, you can sew across a zipper with your machine – no problem!) Backstitch and sew back over the seam once or twice, so that the seam is nice and solid.
Normally you’d use a thread color that matches your zipper, but I’m using a contrasting color here so you can see what’s what.
To put your zipper into action, check out my video below and learn how to make a zippered throw pillow!