Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls

The final step in our Portside Dopp Kits is to add the decorative zipper pulls.

Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

This is an optional step but I think it makes the set look a bit more polished and the leather pulls are easier to grab than the metal pulls. Begin by tracing your pull tab piece out onto your leather scrap. I traced mine with a white gel pen, but a sharpie will also work if you’re using a lighter colored leather.

Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

Cut two pulls and trim any jagged edges that may have occurred while cutting.

Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

On the pattern piece you’ll see a short line on one end of the pull that says “Cut Slit Here,” you’ll need to cut that line open on your leather pieces so that you can attach the pull.

Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

Using an exacto knife, cut from the edges to the center to ensure that you don’t accidentally cut through the edge! You can see my slit above.

Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

Now thread one end of the leather pull through the hole in your zipper pull as shown above.

Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

Feed the rear end of the pull through the slit you cut in the other end.

Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

Pull the end through the slit until the leather pull is flat.

Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

Repeat this step for the other zipper and your bag is complete and ready to keep or gift!

Patterns used in this tutorial

Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls | Grainline Studio

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