Today is the anniversary of the zipper! On this day in the year 1917, a commercially viable model of a zipper was successfully manufactured by the B F Goodrich Company who also first coined the word “zipper”. Because I’m a crafty sort, I put together some fun ideas with zippers for you, and some fun facts to go along with them!
Did you know? A gentleman named Elias Howe, who by the way also invented the sewing machine, actually came up with the great idea of an “Automatic Continuous Clothing Closure” many years earlier in 1851. Unfortunately, he did not see the relevance of it, and missed the chance of becoming the official founder of the zipper.
Newsboy Hat with Zipper Flower Crochet pattern from Croche Trend
Zippers are big business!
The company YKK dominates the zipper market at over 50% worldwide. (Hence the YKK on the front of most zipper pulls!) The global market for zippers is currently estimated at over 8 billion dollars!
Zipper Butterfly Necklace from Pete and Veronicas
Fun Fact: The National Manufacturing center for YKK is in Macon, GA, and produces around 65,000 miles of zippers annually.
Zipper Flowers Tutorials from Cheri Demeter
Zippers have gone to the moon!
YKK makes flame retardant zippers for fire suits, airtight zippers for bagpipes and zippers for fish farm nets. And yes, even airtight zippers for spacesuits!
Blue Dragonfly Zipper Brooch from P39 Designs
Owl Zipper Earrings from Fantasiria
Celebrate the zipper today, and check out some of these fun crafty shops!
Hope your day is a good one!
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