SewThankful Coil Zipper Tip #1: Loading the Zipper Pull

Coil zipper tape is great stuff. Purchase it by the yard, then cut your zippers to size as needed.  Just load the corresponding zipper pull and you’re all set.

Except……..if you struggle with putting the pull without fraying the heck out of the bottom edges of the tape like I used to.  But I discovered a solution that requires just a couple household items you probably have laying around:  painters tape or masking tape and 2 safety pins (1″ size preferred if you have them).

Here’s what I do now:

Cut zipper tape to the length you need and match up with a corresponding zipper pull.


Pull zipper apart.  Cut or tear off two piece of painters tape or masking tape, approximately 3″ each.  Attach each piece of tape to the bottom of each end of the zipper tape by folding in half and creating a bottom tab edge, as shown below:


Insert one side of zipper tape into the pull.


Insert other side of zipper tape into zipper pull.  Pull firmly until you feel a slight click/contact/connection between the two sets of teeth.


Place on flat surface, press down firmly on tape tabs with two fingers.  With other hand, pull up the zipper pull.


Once the zipper pull has been successfully loaded, remove the tape and place a 1″ safety pin on each end of the tape to prevent zipping the pull off of either end.


SewThankful sells coil zipper by the yard in black and white in two sizes:

6 Responses to “SewThankful Coil Zipper Tip #1: Loading the Zipper Pull”

  1. Kris McKay says:

    Thank you. I have a package and I sure I’d fray the heck out of it.

  2. Tracy says:

    You’re welcome, Claire!

  3. Claire says:

    Great instructions….thanks.

  4. Evelyn Byrne says:

    Thanks for the tip fabulous

  5. Shirley says:

    Thanks for sharing I was just struggling with this when I was making sleeping bags for my grandchild. Great hint.

  6. Marie Morton says:

    I never knew how this was accomplished and figured it to be somewhat tricky. however, these instructions proved to be wonderfully easy and extremely helpful. Thank you so much for sharing.

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