Jacket Mod: Stop the Zipper From Catching the Fabric!

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Intro: Jacket Mod: Stop the Zipper From Catching the Fabric!

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 :(

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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)
Pliers
seam ripper
scissors

Step 2: Get Inside Those Flaps

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

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

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.

Step 5: Tie Off the Other End, Repeat Procedure on Other Side of Zipper

same thing as the previous step with one important difference: You want the string inside the flap to be just the same length as the flap itself. Too long and you'll have little tassles, too short and your zipper will always be bunched up.

What I did to get the length right was this: With the first knot sitting securely in place I pulled and smoothed out the flap (and the string inside), I then cut the untied end of the string roughly 1 inch from it's end of the flap. I then bunched the flap up and pushed it back a bit so that I had about 2 or 3 inches of slack on the string, this makes tying this end's knot easier. I then tied the knot and tried to push it as far to the end as I could. Done, now just smooth out the flap again and you should have one stuffed flap!

Repeat the whole procedure on the other flap.

Step 6: Finito!

Don't think this zipper will get caught again, there's simply no fabric to get in harm's way!

YAY! PARTY HATS AND NURSERY RHYMES!

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    nic nak

    5 years ago

    brilliant, I have several bags I struggle with. Genius

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    eximfxirrimar2000

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    hi
    i m from iran
    are you sewing master??
    can i contact u?
    eximfxir@yahoo.com

    regards
    fereshte

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    Baronrceximfxir

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    Peace.

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    rimar2000eximfxir

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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

    Anyway, my email is rimar2000@gmail.com.

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    fsgumby

    6 years ago on Step 6

    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.

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    Baronrcfsgumby

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    sallyab

    6 years ago on Step 6

    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!

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    Baronrc

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks so much for all the positive feedback

    Morale Boost!

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    Remag1234

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Absolutely one of the BEST & Truly Useful ideas. Thank you.

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    f5mando

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent! Thanks for this one. Perfect for all troublesome zips - on anything!

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    billyup

    6 years ago on Introduction

    One could use Nylon string, and just melt a knot on the ends.

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    iamunique127

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    Thanks