After a few weeks of wearing my “new” jeans, a metal button suddenly fell off the front!
Luckily I was home at the time so I avoided any awkward moments.
It was surprisingly easy to fix and took just 10 minutes. Makes me wonder why I left it in the mending pile for so long!
Often jeans you buy will come with a spare metal button to put back on. So I used one of these that had I saved from a previous pair, hence the reason it doesn’t match the other buttons. But most sewing stores will also sell these if you need one or want a better match than this.
The old button had left a hole on the jeans, so before adding on a new one, I needed to fill in that space and create some stability in the fabric.
Cut a rectangle of denim and fold it in half to get double the strength.
Place it over the hole and sew it securely. I straight stitched around the hole and then zig-zagged around it again just in case it started fraying. I realise it looks a bit messy here, but I promise it was nicer on the other side and remains hidden by the button hole anyway.
Your replacement button should have two parts: the button itself and another piece that looks like a little screw.
Place the screw piece on the inside of the jeans and push it carefully through the new fabric into the hole where the other button was previously.
Place the metal button on top of this (on the outside of the jeans) and lay the button right side down. Then hammer the screw piece down into the button (but I recommend placing it on top of a towel first. I hammered mine directly onto the concrete and it scuffed up the button a little).
Good as new!
Fortunately I mostly wear long tops so the mismatched button isn’t really an issue. I’m sure you could match yours up a bit better if need be.