A fun project to do with kids: We recycled an old zipper into a darling butterfly brooch.
1. Sniff through old cloths or recycled textile supplies to find a 22 cm long zipper. Pick a color you want, or if you don’t have a zipper in the color you want, pink, find a little remnant of fabric that could be used to fill in the butterfly at a later stage.
2. Open the zipper and fold one half around, like on the picture here, and pin it.
3. Twist it and turn it around again, bringing the end bit back up to the center of the butterfly. Pin this in place as well. It now should look like half a butterfly.
4. Do the other size in mirror image. Pin it. Ensure the metal end bits of the zipper are perfectly aligned with one another.
5. When the shape looks good, fold the fabric of the zipper forward so as to create smooth looking, fabric filled wings.
6. When you like the look, sew the butterfly base to stay in this shape.
7. If you wish, you could cover the four centers of the wings of the butterfly with a contrast color.
8. Add embroidery if you wish to embellish each wing.
9. Hand-sew a pin at the back to transform your zipper butterfly into a brooch.
In a follow-up article we’ll show how to embellish a zipper butterfly brooch.
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