I’m about to launch the Zip and Go pattern, and I know hardware is always one of the most common questions that I get. So here is a run down of my current favorite options for hardware.
For the Zip and Go, you need one of these options:
My favorite sizes for the Zip and Go are 5/8″ and 3/4″ (inside width) hardware. You could go as narrow as 1/4″ or as wide as 1″, and you could even skip the adjustable slider or use small O-rings instead of rectangle rings. Whatever combination you end up using, just make sure all the pieces will accomodate the same size strap.
I’ve found 5/8″ sliders here from Sewing Supplies on Etsy. And also here which includes the rectangle rings. Searching the supply category on Etsy for the width of the hardware that you want will get you some decent results.
Here is a 1″ set from Being Bags on Etsy, but keep in mind you need TWO rectangle rings per slider, not one. Usually you can contact the hardware vendors and they will set up a custom listing for you.
Australia friends, you have this lovely purse supply vendor as well, HandbagHardwareOz on Etsy.
I also know some of you have luck thrifting hardware from old bags. I always cut the hardware off of anything I throw away. Old, worn out duffel bags, old purses, anything like that. Save that hardware!
And we can’t forget a shout out for the best zipper source on the internet, zipit zippers on Etsy! I’m pretty sure code: dogundermydesk still gets you a discount, too! :P I like the 1″ wide standard zippers for the Zip and Go and the Essential Wristlet, and the wider, long pull purse zips for the Daytripper and Two Zip Hipster!