September 23, 2010 at 9:58 pm #1317
Scissors button or pearl embellishment for flower center.
Zipper- size varies on the size of flower you want to make. This zipper is approx 26”. The metal teeth zippers work the best as they are stiffer, but the nylon ones work as well for smaller or less structured looking flowers.
Cut the Top Stop and the Bottom Stop off the zipper and slide off the zipper Pull, separating the zipper into 2 parts. Set aside on half for a different project.
Keep in mind that I am left handed, so, if you are right handed you will probably be folding your zipper the opposite direction.
Take one end of the zipper in your hand and make a loop/petal, making sure that the teeth of the zipper is always on the outside of the loop. The size of the loop will depend on how big you want your entire flower to be, and the length of your zipper. Take your needle and thread [double for added strength] and come up from undeeath through all layers and back down to secure.
Continue making loops/petals and securing until you have completed 5 loops.
This is what it should look like when all five petals are done. You should have a tail of zipper left over that is approximately 4 inches long.
Now take the remaining zipper and from the open end, roll it up like shown in the photo and set it into the middle of the loops/petals.
Take your needle up through the bottom of flower and through the side of the rolled up center and out the other side, and back down to the underside of the flower. Do this several times to secure.
Now you have completed the main structure of the flower and you can leave as is, or embellish it the way you like!
Here are some that I made, and embellished. The flower I made for my layout “simple pleasures” is embellished with lace, Diamond Dust on the teeth, and glittered pearls for the center. This Tutorial is for sharing and everyone to try! If you make one, I'd sure like to see it!
Sorry the photo's are so big! These flowers, left plain are great for Steam Punk!!!September 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm #61265
very cool! I wondered where you got that flower on one of your latest lo's! tfs!September 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm #61267September 23, 2010 at 11:20 pm #61268September 23, 2010 at 11:25 pm #61266September 24, 2010 at 12:22 am #61269September 24, 2010 at 4:15 am #61270
Wow! that's neat. Who would have thought of a zipper to make a flower. Creative!September 24, 2010 at 4:19 am #61271September 24, 2010 at 10:45 am #61272September 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm #61273September 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm #61274
Bonnie, thanks so much, these are fantastic!!!!! (Love the DD effect, btw, takes it from cool to gorgeous!!)September 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm #61275September 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm #61276
Wow Bonnie!! That's awesome!!! Who would have thought zippers…very creative!
"Some cars look like they're going fast when they're standing still. The Camaro looks like it's going to beat you unconscious, put you in a silly hat, invite a couple of other Camaros over to take photos of you, then e-mail them to all your friends and co-workers. Call me crazy, but I like that in a car."September 26, 2010 at 6:46 am #61277
Bonnie, I just found this and it's amazing!! I can hardly wait to try it, especially for Steam Punk layouts! I LOVE the look of the pink zipper flowers (of course :p) and have loads of colors I didn't know what to do with (handed down from my mom) until now! These will add such a unique look – thanks for sharing 🙂September 27, 2010 at 12:44 am #61278
That is so cool!!!
"Some cars look like they're going fast when they're standing still. The Camaro looks like it's going to beat you unconscious, put you in a silly hat, invite a couple of other Camaros over to take photos of you, then e-mail them to all your friends and co-workers. Call me crazy, but I like that in a car."
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