All I did was squeeze the sides together and the top and bottom together.
And you know what? After a few tries, it worked. The zipper seems to be holding together very well.
I guess the test will be when the backpack is stuff full. I may have to come back and update this post. Next up: fixing the hole in the net side pocket. It’s not a huge priority because the mug hasn’t fallen through yet. But it does look rather shabby, doesn’t it?
Step 2: If the slider comes off the track of teeth
If one or both sides of the slider come off the teeth, the zipper doesn’t necessarily need replacing, the slide just needs reattaching. To do this, you first need to find the ‘bottom’ of the zip. The bottom of the zip is, typically, the end closest to the floor when you’re wearing the garment. If you can’t tell which is the right side, look for the end with a square tab of fabric after the zip finishes.
Then, feed the teeth from that end into the slider. If you need extra leverage to push the teeth into place, use a flathead screwdriver. Once the teeth are in both sides of the slider, use the puller to move it up and down the track to lock it in place.
Step 3: The zipper pull broke off
When the pull breaks off a zipper, it makes it incredibly hard to zip the zipper up. The good news is that this is pretty much the easiest fix out there. You can turn a paperclip, a keyring, or even a telephone wire connector into a zipper pull. Just slide it through the tab on the slider et voila—you have a new zipper pull. Sure, it’s not exactly the most stylish solution, but at least you’ll be able to get in and out of your clothes.