Weave a Zipper Purse

By Stefanie Girard
Have you seen the purses and tote bags– usually in airport gift shops– woven out of seat belts? That was the inspiration for this purse woven out of zippers. Create this cute little purse by weaving Coats all-purpose zippers together.  Use the colors show or select your own color combination.




  • Coats All Purpose Zippers, 7”,  14 zippers in a variety of colors
  • Coats All Purpose Zippers, 22”  7 zippers for horizontal strips and handles
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
1.       Lay out and weave the zippers as the diagram shows flat on a table and pin in place.

2.       To form the tote, bring the sides together and pin in place for a temporary hold.
3.       Start from the bottom corner and glue the ends together trimming off the ends of zippers as needed and taking care to keep the woven pattern consistent.

4.       Once the bottom is woven and glued in place remove the pins from the side seam and starting from the bottom trim the end of each of the zippers as needed and weave in the ends and glue in place with the zipper pull end on the top and the raw edges under a vertical zipper.

5.       Wrap the top ends of the raw edges of the vertical zipper over the top horizontal zipper and glue to the inside.

6.       Glue the ends of the vertical zippers that are on the inside to the top horizontal zipper.

7.       Cut two zippers to approximately 10″ and glue to the underside top edge of the tote.

8.       Using the remaining scraps of zippers glue the zippers around the inside parameter of the tote to cover all the raw ends.


For printable instructions, click here: Woven Zipper Purse

19 thoughts on “Weave a Zipper Purse

  1. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy Reply

    How cool is this? I hope you will consider uploading a photo of it into SewSet, a new on-line sewing pattern & tutorial engine. I would love for it to be in the directory!

    Thanks for sharing!

    – Jess

  2. Karen L. Reply

    That is really different and cute! Both little girls and big ones would probably think this is pretty neat. I am not sure how practical it is as a handbag but it would be a nice bag for carrying projects in such as quilting, crocheting/knitting, etc.

  3. sew granny Reply

    What a lovely idea and sooooo different from normal. Love the colours and could get really fancy with glitter shiny zips for evening wear….go girl go….dare to be different from fuddy daddies. ?

  4. Theresa Reply

    ok so has anyone made this from these directions? I find them incomplete, there are no directions for the handles, its a cute dea but the pattern needs a little more details.

    • Cathie Reply

      I agree, I would love to make it but can’t make heads or tails out of these instructions…..nothing worse than a tease of a pattern instruction

      • lynnbrowne Post authorReply

        Which part are you having difficulty with? Perhaps we can help.

        • Cathie Reply

          All of it. For example, when you say pin the sides, what sides? The front and back or the right and left side.. Or is it all four sides? More step by step visuals are needed to support the unclear instructions. What is the finished size? Is there a lining? Will the gluing be enough or would a tiop stitch help? Again, the concept is really great but unless you are going to provide accurate, clear tutorial I wouldn’t bother posting

  5. Claudia Reply

    what you should use to paste the zipperss: glue, silicone,? Please help

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      A fabric glue such as Fabric Fusion, Sobo or Fabri-tac. These are available in most fabric and craft retailers

  6. Sherry Dutson Reply

    I can’t get the printable pattern to work for me. Can you please send me one, to my email.
    Very cute design! Thank you, Sherry

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