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Replacing a Jeans Button

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Worn Wear

Patagonia and iFixit are celebrating the stories we wear by collaborating to provide guides for Patagonia's most popular apparel repairs.

This guide will show you how to install a button in your jeans.

Whether you're stacking firewood for the winter or heading into town for coffee, don’t let a blown-out button keep you from wearing your favorite pair of pants. With the help of this guide and a hammer you can have your pants or jeans ready for action in minutes.

For replacement parts or further assistance, contact Patagonia Customer Service.

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Step 1 Button  ¶ 

Lay your jeans front-side up on a sturdy table or workbench. Unzip the fly and open the jeans at the waistband to reveal the hole where the button is missing. Hold the waistband at the hole and turn it over, so you can see the back of the hole.

Step 1 Button  ¶ 

  • Lay your jeans front-side up on a sturdy table or workbench.

  • Unzip the fly and open the jeans at the waistband to reveal the hole where the button is missing.

  • Hold the waistband at the hole and turn it over, so you can see the back of the hole.

  • Be sure to fully remove the old button before installing a new button.

Step 2  ¶ 

Insert the tack into the back of the hole. Push the tack through the hole. If the hole is too large, you can make a new, smaller hole for the tack in an undamaged section of the denim as close the existing hole as possible. Then push the tack through the new hole.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Insert the tack into the back of the hole.

  • Push the tack through the hole.

  • If the hole is too large, you can make a new, smaller hole for the tack in an undamaged section of the denim as close the existing hole as possible. Then push the tack through the new hole.

Step 3  ¶ 

Holding the tack in place from behind, place the button on top of the tack. Holding the tack in place from behind, place the button on top of the tack. Holding the tack in place from behind, place the button on top of the tack.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Holding the tack in place from behind, place the button on top of the tack.

Step 4  ¶ 

Place a flat work surface like a scrap piece of wood or a cutting board directly beneath the tack and between the front and back of the jeans. Be sure to use a small (one pound) hammer or mallet to prevent breaking the button. Hammer the button onto the tack, with a straight downward pound.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Place a flat work surface like a scrap piece of wood or a cutting board directly beneath the tack and between the front and back of the jeans.

  • Be sure to use a small (one pound) hammer or mallet to prevent breaking the button.

  • Hammer the button onto the tack, with a straight downward pound.

  • If you’re uncomfortable holding the button with your fingers while you hammer, you can use a pair of pliers to hold the button in place.

Step 5  ¶ 

Test out your new button by buttoning the jeans to ensure the new button is set and secure.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Test out your new button by buttoning the jeans to ensure the new button is set and secure.