Jacket mod: stop the zipper from catching the fabric!

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You know those little flaps of fabric that cover your jacket's zipper to stop heat loss via the zipper? Don't you hate it when they get caught in the zipper? I fattened those flaps up with thick string so that there'd be no extra fabric to get caught. I could have cut them off but then I'd have a line of cold running up my abdomen and sexy chest. Sad face :(
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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String, or similar (thick enough to take up almost all the space inside the flaps, long enough to fill both flaps)
wire (thin enough to be able to pull through the flap while being wound around the string, about 4 inches longer than the flaps)
seam ripper

Step 2: Get inside those flaps

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using the seam ripper I opened both ends of each flap, then I bent the end of the wire back on itself to prevent it from snagging when I pushed it through the flap. I then proceeded to push the wire all the way through the flap.

Step 3: Pull that string through

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Once the bent-over end of the wire is out the other side you wind it around the end of the string. Make sure the winding is pretty tight because you don't want it to lose the string halfway through. Also: trim off any excess string otherwise this "knot" wont fit through the flap. Also also: make sure that the cut end of the wire is now facing the other way. I.e: when you pull the wire back through the flap along with the string you don't want it to snag anything. Now you pull the wire through and in so doing pull the string into, and through, the flap.

Step 4: Tie off the end

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once the string comes out the other side of the flap you can cut it off the wire and tie a knot in it to keep it from going back. You could also stitch it to the end of the flap but this worked out easier for me. If you choose my method then pull the knot very tight and trim off any excess string.
nic nak1 year ago
brilliant, I have several bags I struggle with. Genius
rimar20003 years ago
you're welcome
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i m from iran
are you sewing master??
can i contact u?

Baronrc (author)  eximfxir3 years ago
Hi eximfxir, I am not a sewing master, I don't ever sew anything, this was more of a modification.

Don't want to offend you but you sound a little like a bot, could just be the language barrier though.

Hello eximfxir, I do not know even thread a needle, or put a button correctly.

Anyway, my email is
Baronrc (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Ha ha ha, Thanks Rimar.
fsgumby3 years ago
come on guys and gals don't use a knot looks bad ..I just sow the end of the rope to the top and bottom with thread and needle use bout 4 or 5 threads.
Baronrc (author)  fsgumby3 years ago
Hi fsgumby!

I agree with you and I also mentioned this in the instructable, sewing it up would be preferable. Problem is I don't sew very well and anyway, I took the path of least resistance (effort).

That said, it would make it much tidier and more presentable to break out the old needle 'n thread.
sallyab3 years ago
Thank you for a really practical Instructable - exactly what I need. Yesterday I had to climb out of my jacket as I couldn't get the flap unstuck!
hhemphill3 years ago
Brilliant Thank you
Baronrc (author) 3 years ago
Thanks so much for all the positive feedback

Morale Boost!
Remag12343 years ago
Absolutely one of the BEST & Truly Useful ideas. Thank you.
f5mando3 years ago
Excellent! Thanks for this one. Perfect for all troublesome zips - on anything!
billyup3 years ago
One could use Nylon string, and just melt a knot on the ends.
Very nice and simple. Good idea.

Just what I need for my parka. I had a new zipper put in but it still gets caught.

That's genius. Great work. :D
laxap Truehart3 years ago
BRILLIANT. Absolutely Brilliant!
prestux3 years ago
Great Idea, thanks for posting it.
CementTruck3 years ago
that's a nice, simple, EFFECTIVE, hack.