When my friend Mary Mulari calls to say that she has an idea for a TV show, I always listen. She’s the most frequent Sewing With Nancy guest, and for good reason. Her tips and techniques always score high with viewers and readers.

The day she called to say that “decorating with zippers” is what she’d like to propose for a new TV show topic, I hesitated for a second. Then I reminded myself that Mary has a unique sense of the next trend. After all, who would have thought 25 years ago that embellishing sweatshirts would become the rage? Mary was one of the first—if not THE first—to creatively embellish on that palette.

During that “zipper” related phone call topic, Mary was experimenting with just one side of the zipper—a zipper half— to create a loop. She developed a novel technique to reattach the zipper pull. You can read/watch that tip in Stress Free Zipper Creations Book/DVD. It may sound complicated; yet Mary figured it out with just a few steps. These clever loops can be used as embellishment or for bag/tote closures. The zipper flower on the above featured tote is just one example.

Admittedly, the most challenging part of Mary’s zipper technique is to purposely cut the zipper apart! A half of a zipper in my mind generally means big trouble. Not so when you use zippers as an embellishment.

There are 12 other nontraditional uses for standard zippers in Mary’s book. Just think, zippers aren’t just for pants any longer.

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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