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DIY Zipper Pull Repair

By Bebefuzz

A while back, I fell in love with a new Herve Leger dress. Unfortunately, the dress had a major flaw: Somehow the zipper pull had detached. Because I loved this dress so much, I decided to buy it anyway and fix the detached zipper pull myself.

The problem: No zipper pull!

no zipper pull fix

The common solutions for a lost zipper pull are unsatisfactory. There is Zippermend and similar zipper replacements, but they are far too large and extremely unsightly. The other option is to replace the entire zipper. However, Herve Leger zippers are very good quality and perfectly match the dress. So, I decided to make a custom, matching zipper pull instead!

This same fix should work for other articles of clothing and accessories too!

Here's what you'll need: pliers, wire cutter, paper clip, and Sugru. Sugru is the "magical" part of this fix. It's a special type of air-curing rubber. It's kinda like play-doh, but instead of drying into a hard mass that cracks easily, it dries into a strong and flexible rubber.

tools to fix zipper

Here are the basic steps to this DIY zipper fix:

Step 1: Loop the paper clip to where the zipper pull should be.

zipper pull replacement

Step 2: Twist the paper clip with pliers.

zipper pull replacement

Step 3: Cut the excess paper clip ends.

how to replace zipper pull

Step 4: Roll a tiny Sugru ball.

sugru ball

You only need a tiny bit of sugru to make a zipper replacement. I actually ended up using only half of what is shown in my palm. 90% of the sugru packet was unused.

Step 5: Mold the sugru around the paper clip wire.

how to replace zipper pull

Step 6: Allow the sugru to dry.

how to replace zipper pull

And, voila! A brand new zipper that matches one of my favorite Herve Leger dresses!

how to replace zipper pull

Hope you enjoyed this DIY fix!

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