How Do You Fix a Broken Zipper on a Bag? Here's the Easiest Solution

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10 Minutes

You have a favorite bag and the zipper breaks. Can you fix a separated or broken-off zipper on a bag? The answer is YES! I’m so happy to show you how to fix a zipper at home.

The zipper I am fixing is on my cousin’s bag. She loves this bag and got a great deal on it. When the zipper broke, she looked into buying a new one but it was too expensive. So I showed her how to fix a broken zipper on a bag and now you can do it as well!

First a little zipper vocabulary. The slider is the piece that grabs the teeth of the zipper. The pull tab is attached to the slider. The bottom stop is where the zipper ends. Usually, when a zipper breaks, we need to fix the bottom stop. Here’s how to do it!

Tools and materials:

  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread matching to the bag
Hpw to fix a zipper at home

1. Cut the zipper

I’m sure you’re thinking what?!? Cut the zipper? Yes! 

Cutting the zipper

Go as far down as you can to the bottom stop or base of the zipper. 

Can you fix a broken-off zipper?

Snip the side where the zipper got off the track.

Attaching the new stop for the zipper

2. Attach the zipper

Stick the “new” stop of the zipper, just above the snip into the slider, pull the pull tab, and the zipper works! Keep the zipper zipped up a bit so we can secure the new bottom stop.

Sewing the zipper to fix it

3. Create a new bottom stop

Use your needle and thread to make a hard stop or barrier to keep the zipper in place. You’re going to “seal” where you cut the zipper. If you don’t do this, the zipper will come right back out.

How to fix a broken zipper on a bag

Sew in both a horizontal and vertical direction to secure the opening. If you’ve ever done embroidery, this is similar to the satin-style stitch. This way, the zipper will be locked in place with the new bottom stop.

How do you fix a broken zipper on a bag?

This is the definitive way on how to fix a zipper at home. It’s so simple and easy! Please let me know in the comments if you tried this trick and how well it worked for you!

Suggested materials:
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread matching to the bag

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  • Kenna Jean Joustra Kenna Jean Joustra on Oct 18, 2021

    I have not done this yet but feel confident I can do it❣️I fully understand all you are saying. Thank you. You were very good. Kenna Jean Joustra age 88years. Sheridan, Michigan USA