Monday, April 18, 2011

No Sew Zipper Roses- Stashbusting project #2

The second I pulled zippers out of my stashbusting package, I knew I wanted to make zipper flowers. My problem was the last time I went with the sewing route, my flowers turned into a total craft fail, so I decided hot glue was going to be my best friend. I made the roses two different ways. 

First you will need to split your zipper apart. ( I used a 10-inch zipper.)
For the first zipper, I cut a small circle of felt. I folded the small part of the zipper that had no teeth on it, as my center. I glued that to the felt and then slowly began wrapping the zipper around it, hot gluing as I went.
After you get around your center once, you are going to want to start laying the zipper flatter to get more of the edge. I did this by squishing the non-teeth edge of the zipper closer to the center so the teeth would pucker out a little bit more.
When you have all of the zipper glued down, cut away the excess felt and you have a pretty zipper rose. I made this rose using half of one zipper but you could make a larger rose by using a longer zipper or both sides of one.
I wanted a smaller rose to use for earrings, so I came up with this second method. Using half of one zipper, cut it in half again. Take that half and make a loop, gluing the loop down.
Turn the loop into a sort of figure 8, gluing it down again.
Wrap the remaining half of zipper around the figure 8 to give it a rosebud appearance. 
I love the first rose the most, but the little rosebuds are perfect when you need smaller roses for your project. I put the larger rose on a headband for my daughter. What would you do with your zipper roses?


Brandy@YDK said...


Cranberry Morning said...

Cute! It would be hard for me to intentionally split a zipper apart, cuz I split most of them without trying - especially jacket zippers.

What a cute idea. Did you just think this up all by yourself? I'm trying to get over the ability to look at something and think, 'I need to keep this. I'm sure it would be good for something! At least your creative ideas make cute gifts.

chuy said...

i made rings out of my zipper roses - I stitch mine by hand. these are pretty and they look much easier then mine.