Sunday, January 3, 2010

Making Zipper Brooches

Inspired by those on Etsy, my hand-sewn zipper brooches were an immediate sell-out at Winterfest. Since then friends, relatives and I have been on the lookout for vintage metal zippers. On Thanksgiving vacation, the family put an extra 40 miles on the car, driving to thrift shops between Aberdeen, SD and Waseca, MN. I'm learning that some colors, like reds and black, are hard to come by. There's an abundance of zippers in 70's oranges and golds. I love making these brooches, especially picking out the color combinations for each.

The brooches are all hand-sewn- no hot glue involved. The downside is that I get very sore fingers from pushing and pulling a needle through the zippers. Have never used a thimble, but may have to give it a try. These made wonderful Christmas gifts!


  1. These are sooo cute...
    This is why the metal zippers flew out of my supplies shop!

    Happy New Year ~Natalie

  2. These are great! I just saw them in a shop this past weekend for the first time. I have linked your blog post on the knitted cowls to my blog today, along with Natalie's for her Etsy shop. Love those cowls, they are my new obsession!