If you read my post from yesterday, you already know why I made gold zipper pulls for the hooligans. If you didn’t read it, you should! The pulls are to show support for Childhood Cancer Awareness in September, and yesterday’s post included a personal account (written by a family friend) of the effects, as well as the statistics, of childhood cancer. But I promised to show you how to make these zipper pulls today, so here we go!
Supplies you’ll need:
- 550 or 325 Paratrooper Cord (I used 325)…4-1/2 feet per pull
- Zipper pull or tiny, cute carabiner (the boys got zipper pulls, Princess Thundercloud the carabiner)
- A charm or inkjet ShrinkyDink paper
- A lighter
First for the charms:
I adore using Shrinky Dinks, even though I feel guilty if I don’t let the kids help. I still make them while they’re gone, though, so I don’t feel THAT guilty. And my favorite Shrinky Dinks are the ones for an inkjet printer. Super easy to use, you just design something on your computer and print it (at 50 percent opacity, which is important to remember!). Then three to five minutes at 300 degrees and you’ve got a cool charm or whatever!
And what’s supercool? They can be double-sided! First, I designed the front of my charms. They’re 2-1/2” circles, so I could punch them out with my Stampin’ Up! punch easily. I printed those, saved them, then designed the backs right over the same circles, so I knew they’d print correctly. I printed out the back design, punched out the circles, and punched a 1/2” hole for the cord to go through. After shrinking them, it was the perfect size.
Now your charms are made, so let’s get to the zipper pulls. These are so addictive, and they took about five minutes each to make. I kid you not.
1. Cut a piece of cord 4-1/2 feet long. Thread the charm onto it and center it. Thread the ends through your zipper pull or carabiner, leaving about 4” between the charm and the zipper pull. This will be the length of your finished pull, so make it whatever length suits you.
Begin tying your knots. I clip my zipper pull to a clipboard, just to help hold it. I think it’s easier that way.
1. Pass the right cord over the middle two cords and under the left cord.
2. Pass the left cord under the middle two cords and over the right one.
3. Pull the knot tight.
Continue to tie knots until you reach the charm. Tuck the ends under in the back, cut short, then use a lighter to melt the ends to prevent fraying.
Attach to your backpack or jacket and wear it with pride, showing your support for Childhood Cancer Awareness!