If the metal button falls off your jeans, don’t despair. The fix is quick, easy and one that you can do yourself.
If you prefer an even easier fix, you may prefer my tutorial ‘No-sew: Fix a Metal Button on Jeans‘. The only down-side to the ‘no sew’ method, however, is that you have to compromise on the button position, which may put extra pressure on the zip. But the repair should otherwise be as solid as this one and serve you just as well.
The repair shown below is my favourite, though. It’s hard wearing, won’t compromise the zip and is still a fast and simple fix.
You will need:
- A replacement button, available from most fabric or haberdashery stores
- Denim, approx 3″ x 1.5″ (7cm x 3.5cm)
- Needle and thread or sewing machine. I prefer to use a sewing machine because I don’t trust my hand stitching, but either way is fine
- Fold your denim patch in half and place it over the hole on the inside of the jeans (illustrations are below).
- Attach the patch by sewing around the hole (this won’t be visible so don’t worry if it’s a bit messy). Then trim the edges, but leave room for it to fray a little over time.
- Take the stud from your new button and push it through the fabric patch, into through the hole where the old button was.
- Place the new button head face down on a towel and on a firm surface. The towel will stop the button from getting scratched while you attach it.
- Line up the stud with the hole in the button. Using a hammer, hid the stud from the inside of the jeans, down into the button until it is firmly fixed.
- All done!