Zipper Tape Necklacecomments (44) April 20th, 2010
Zippers are popping up everywhere these days as designers explore the possibilities of transforming them into rugged yet chic design elements. Here, you can put your design skills into action by coiling and wrapping zipper tape into a chunky standout necklace. You can use separating zippers or buy zipper tape by the yard from your local fabric store. It’s easy to sculpt the look shown here or adapt it to any style you like. This project doesn’t require a sewing machine and is a cheap and stylish way of using up extra notions in your sewing stash.
What You'll Need:
Hand needle and thread
Hot glue and glue gun (optional)
Poster board or a dress form
Separating zippers: 24-inch-long gold (6) and 24-inch silver (1)
Toggle necklace closure
1. Prepare the zippers. Unzip all the zippers, cut off all the top zipper stops, and remove the sliders.
2. Form the shape. Holding three or four zipper tapes at once, start to mold them into the desired shape. Pin the zippers in place on poster board or on a dress form.
3. Add more zippers. Add zipper tapes to create the desired shape. Keep pinning them as you go.
4. Taper the ends. Make the necklace’s center-back taper down to one zipper on each end.
5. Sew the zippers together. Join the zipper tapes with hand stitches or hot glue. Secure them every inch along the necklace.
6. Sew on a closure. Hand-sew one half of a toggle necklace closure to one necklace end and the other half to the other end.
excerpted from SewStylish Spring 2010, p. 94