How to repair buttons and jeans

Recently, I needed to repair a loose button and the pockets in a couple of jeans.

Since I had to do the repairs anyway, why not share the steps with others who can then make their clothing last longer.

So, today’s post introduces How to Sew on a Button and How to Repair a Jeans Pocket.

The tasks are not too ornery, but they do take a little time. The result, however, is increased life of the shirt and usable, perfectly good jeans.

Here are the problems.

First a button that’s almost loose enough to come off in the next laundry cycle:

a loose shirt button

After going through the easy but detailed steps for how to sew on a button, the results show:

the results of the how to sew on a button steps

Take a little time to go through the steps and the result will be better than new. Why better? Because you will attach the button more securely than a machine can.

The second repair took a little longer, but it, too, was easy.

Here’s one of the jeans pockets with a rather large hole:

jeans pocket with large hole

After working through the detailed and easy how to repair a jeans pocket steps, the resulting repair looks like this:

repaired jeans pocket

This view is from the inside of the pocket – where the personal treasures and the hand would go. The seams are finished such that neither the fingers nor the things in the pocket will catch on an unfinished seam.

Frequently, if someone uses their jeans pockets a lot, the pockets wear out much quicker than the jeans themselves.

These steps for how to repair a jeans pocket will keep your jeans useful and longer lasting.

Visit the funEZcrafts how-to section to learn how to sew on a button and how to repair a jeans pocket.

Have fun making your shirts, blouses and jeans last longer!




Got a screw loose?

Do loose screws drive you nuts? Here are a couple of tips for fixing them.

If the screw is in wood, remove the screw. Depending on the size, take one or more wooden toothpicks, insert them in the hole. Break the toothpicks even with the wood. Screw the screw back into the hole. If the object gets a lot of wear (like a wooden drawer pull), a touch of glue on the wooden toothpicks before you insert them in the hole makes the repair stronger.

If the screw is metal, the challenge is tougher. One method: remove the screw, wrap sewing thread around the threads of the screw. Put the screw back and screw it into the hole. A second method, remove the screw. Tear a couple of small strips of paper no wider than the diameter of the screw hole but longer than the depth of the hole. Put two or more strips of paper into the hole. Place the screw in the middle of the hole between the pieces of paper. Screw the screw back into the hole. Tear off any extra paper even with the head of the screw.

I have used these on many of occasions with success. But, if these do not work, sometimes necessity requires a larger screw.