Zipper Recommendations for Lazy Girl Projects

Lazies, Let’s talk zippers. I am a long-time fan of Coats & Clark’s polyester all-purpose zips for all of my bag and accessory project. They are reliable, available and affordable. That’s a hard to beat combination. But, where do we turn when we want something more…or less?

First up, my new-found love is Purse Parts Handbag Zippers from ByAnnie creator Annie Unrein. I LOVE these zips.

These zips are only available in 24″ length in 30 colors. These zips have larger teeth that can still be safely sewn over and cut to the length needed. The zipper pull has a nice big hole on the end, large enough to feed double fold bias tape through, great for embellishing with an exquisite pull of your making. The zipper fabric is a bit wider along the teeth, giving you more room to sew into your project.

The sensory experience: they feel great and sound great. Zipping and unzipping, they sound luxurious. The feel of the teeth coming together and then apart again is smooth and rich. Suggested retail is $4.95 each.

These Handbag Zippers are ideal for the following of my designs:
Margo Handbag
City Bag
Towne Purse
Summer Tote
My Favorite Duffle Bag

More about these zips and see a color chart at ByAnnie’s website here: Purse Parts Handbag Zippers

Kathy Southern of StudioKat offers really cool black and white zips which she considers ‘neutrals’ for her bag designs. I must agree. Kat only offers a few zips longer than 20″, the recommended length for our Candice bag. Here is her 22″ black/white ‘purse zipper’ with two zipper pulls. This zip is closed at both ends. To use for our designs, cut off one end, keep both pulls, sew it into our projects: Candice, Margo. Leave it closed on both ends for City, Towne and Summer. Keeping both pulls will allow you to open the bag from the center. You can remove one pull if you like. Suggested retail is $5.00 each.

Kat offers lots of zips in several lengths. She also has the great rectangular rings for Candice I mentioned in last week’s blog post.

Check out all of Kat’s zips here: StudioKat Designs Purrfect Handbag Notions

Terry from Atkinson Designs offers a great line of 14″ zips in 36 colors. I like these zippers very much and they are perfect for our smaller projects: Runaround Bag, Perfect Pouches, Purse-Nickities. Great zips, great price. Suggested retail is $1.10 each.

Check out Terry’s zipper assortment here: Atkinson Designs Zippers

I still like Coats & Clark zips and they are great for all of my designs. Keep these additional zippers in mind when you need something more or different.


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12 Responses to “Zipper Recommendations for Lazy Girl Projects”

  1. Janet Tucker — November 21, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    I love the StudioKat black and white zippers. They match with everything. I didn’t believe it at first but when I placed it onto several different fabrics choices, it was true!

  2. Linda Thompson — November 21, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    Thanks for addressing this issue…I’m understanding the why of not using metal…in that you can sew over the polyester zipper. Is that correct? Just one more thing that I need to drive 100 miles to purchase or look for online.

    • Joan Hawley replied: — November 21st, 2011 @ 9:10 am

      Linda, yes I recommend against metal teeth and sport-weight zips because you will sew over the zipper teeth in my projects.

  3. Mary Vukusich — November 21, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    thank you so much for your information. I bought the black and white zippers and I love them. Have a blessed holiday, mary

  4. Moneik — November 21, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    I just love the Atkinson Design zippers. They are so cheap and come in modern colors that match fabrics well.

  5. Jan S — December 4, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    I have gotten zippers from both StudioKat and ByAnnie. I love them! They make the bags look so much more professional. The larger pulls are great! I would love to be able to find these larger zippers in a separatingjstyle.

  6. Marion Tarbell — December 18, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    I just ordered zippers by the yard from Clotilde. Will I be sorry? $4.95 a zipper seems high since I make a lot of cosmetic bags and hope to make the Towne Purse. I use a lot of my stash of fat quarters and scraps and don’t want to pay that much for a zipper.

  7. amruta — January 19, 2012 @ 3:58 am

    dear joan….
    wishing u a great year…..happy nw year
    i m regular follower of ur designs
    jus wanted to know ….is there any pattern….or metyhod of making”everyday baskets”

    i would like to try it
    pl help


  8. marge wachna — January 6, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

    Purse parts: do you sell 18″ copper color teeth (jeans type) zippers?

  9. Anne Marie — February 23, 2017 @ 8:38 pm

    I have a lot of Coats and Clark zippers that I’ve been using for making your Sweet Pea patterns from Craftsy. Is there a a way to purchase extra pulls that will work with this brand for the half of the zipper that isn’t used for these patterns?

  10. Michele Torraca — June 12, 2017 @ 10:34 am

    Could you please tell me where I can purchase Coats and Clark zipper pulls? or Suggest another brand of pulls that will work with Coats and Clark zippers?
    Thank you

    • Joan Hawley replied: — June 15th, 2017 @ 10:02 am

      Hi Michele, I don’t know if Coats & Clark sell extra pulls. If you see a sale on their zips, buy the shortest/cheapest you can in order to get the pulls – that’s what I did.