Samantha from At Home with Mrs. H writes bag sewing patterns and sells handbag supplies in her shop. Samantha joined us with a Scrappy Heart Zip Pouch earlier this year; she’s back with a simple way to make zip ends for pouches and bags, and now you can make them too!

Find more from Samantha in her introduction, and on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Due soon with her first child, Samantha’s latest pattern design is for The Nappy Bag!


It all started with a friend of mine posting a photo with her zip ends nicely tucked into a shiny metal cord cap and the realization that there was an easier (lazier!) way to finish zip ends. Thus began a hunt for the aforementioned zip ends which unfortunately ended fruitlessly. Time for some “blue sky” thinking!

Here’s how you can finish your zipped pouch zip ends without the effort and precision of regular zip end tabs.

Requirements:

  • Finished zipped pouch (I used Noodlehead’s Open Wide Pouch tutorial.)
  • 1” (25mm) ribbon crimp end
  • 1 x jump ring
  • 1 x metal charm (or 4”– 10cm– piece of very thin ribbon)
  • Pliers
  • Scrap of fabric to cushion the pliers

Because these ribbon crimp ends are so popular with jewelery makers, they should be pretty cheap and easy to find. I purchased a pack of 10 for £1.99.

Instructions:

1. Cut the zip end around 1” from the pouch using pinking shears.

2. Insert the zip end into the ribbon crimp end making sure it’s straight

3. Using the scrap of fabric to protect the crimp end, use the pliers to press down on the crimp end closing the teeth. This may need to be done in a couple of sections to ensure it’s closed down tightly on the zip tape.

4. Add a metal charm onto the jump ring and then clip onto the ribbon crimp end, closing the jump ring with the pliers.

5. For an alternative look, ribbons make a great bow when tied through the crimp ends.

6. Make a few pouches with the extra energy you have saved from not making fabric zip end tabs!