DIY Zipper Pull Repair

By Bebefuzz on Aug 30, 2013.

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!


August 30  |  2013  |  7:36 a.m.  |  GMT
what a cute solution!
August 30  |  2013  |  7:44 a.m.  |  GMT
Great solution och super pretty dress!!! You have to post a pic of yourself wearing the dress!!
August 30  |  2013  |  8:01 a.m.  |  GMT
This has to be one of my favorite blog posts so far. I got quite a chuckle... Fei was walking around the office, saying "what else can I fix." That sugru stuff is pretty cool.
August 30  |  2013  |  2:40 p.m.  |  GMT
Thanks all for your comments!

Sara, I'll be wearing this on tv. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a video of it to share here along with pics. :)
August 31  |  2013  |  12:05 a.m.  |  GMT
This is so cool never heard of the stuff. Does it come in different colors? What a great idea Bebe!
August 31  |  2013  |  12:33 a.m.  |  GMT
The pack (linked above) includes 2 packets of yellow, 2 packets of blue, 2 packets of red, 1 black and 1 white. It's amazing; a tiny bit can do so so much!

I bought mine during a conference, and they said storing it in the fridge prolongs its expiration date. And, there's no way you'll use an entire packet in one sitting, so I take a clothing iron to seal the packet closed again.

It is some really cool stuff! :)

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