In my stash of zips (all recycled, passed on by a colleague from school) I found half a dozen really short ones - about 2 1/2" long. My mind churned over what I could make from them, and I came up with this: a small purse on a keyring, ideal for holding those odd bits of change for the car park or the shopping trolley:
You will need a short zip, two circles of fabric (mine were 3 1/4" diameter), a split ring, and three scraps of contrast fabric 2" x 3" or thereabouts.
First sew the contrasting fabric onto the ends of the zip. I first sewed the sip and fabric together with the right side of the fabric and the wrong side of the zip facing:
Fold the other piece of contrast fabric in half lengthways and press. Then fold the long sides to the middle and press again. Finally fold in half the other way, hiding the raw edges. This will make your tab. Put the tab through the split ring and stitch onto one of your circles.
Trim the contrast edges of the zip binding at a slant. The top folded edge of mine measured about 1/2".
Using your zipper foot, stitch the zip to one of the circles:
Then repeat with the other circle. This was the most fiddly part!
Change back to your normal sewing machine foot. Put the split ring and tab inside the circles and stitch all round the open side, sewing across the contrast fabric on the zip at a slant. Make sure you have opened the zip before you do this!