Sew Alongs

Benjamin Dopp Kit Sew Along Day 4: Making the Zipper Tabs

Hello Sew Along friends! It has been a crazy few days for those of us in the U.S. but all I'm going to say here is that making things with your hands is a wonderful way to reduce stress. Onward!

Today we are going to make the zipper tabs for the Benjamin Dopp Kit! 

To make the tab, fold each long raw edge on one Tab (B) to the wrong side by 1/2”. Fold tab in half widthwise (bringing the short ends to meet), wrong sides together.

If using a metal spot, mark its position on the right side of the tab, centered about 1/2” away from the fold on the short edge. Unfold tab. Use a seam ripper to make small slits for the prongs where you marked the spot placement, then poke the prongs through the top layer of fabric only, and use pliers to press the prongs flush. Re-fold the tab. The video below demonstrates how to fold the tab and insert the metal spot:

Here is what your inserted metal spots will look like from the right side of the tab: 

And here is what they will look like from the wrong side of the tabs:

Just a note here: if you are feeling like your prongs are too close to the folded edges of your tabs, you can also insert them vertically, so that the prongs run parallel to the long edge of the fabric. 

Just a note here: if you are feeling like your prongs are too close to the folded edges of your tabs, you can also insert them vertically, so that the prongs run parallel to the long edge of the fabric. 

Use a zipper foot (if needed) to topstitch along the three non-raw edges of the tab, enclosing the prongs of the metal spot on the inside of the tab. Repeat for the second tab. The following video demonstrates this step (I did not use a zipper foot): 

Here is a picture of the finished tabs:

That's all for today! See you tomorrow for our tricky step: sewing the side seams!