Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Change buttons to zip on jeans. Tutorial

    I had planned to bring forward some projects for remodeling in different clothes during this week.
   Are those items that need some kind of arrangement and always will be forgotten because they aren´t  new projects, however, when they are completed (usually within a couple of hours or less) give so much joy that we  thought that was why they were  so long forgotten in a corner.
  This is one of them, a man jeans with button closure, he hates the buttons because they are uncomfortable, so I put a zipper is the solution.

  First of all, we get an exact size zipper, sewing up the "teeth " metal is not recommended.

   Remove buttons with pliers, they resist a little, but there is always the remedy for hubby remove the buttons, after all, the pants belong to him.

   Rip (with tons of patience) all seams where after the zipper is sewn in the photo I have put red lines to indicate the sections that are ripped.

   Place the first part of the zipper between the two layers as shown in photo,  I have  placed  simple navy blue thread for sewing, the color of the fabric, but I've been twice (once on top of another) to make the seams resistant.

   This was the first part of the rack, now let's put the other part ..

   It is important to sew the zipper in the exact place to prevent wrinkles and the pants have the same contour as before. To achieve this, close the button on the waistband ...

  Keeping the close button on the wrong side of the pants put the other side of the rack holding pins,  You can see in the image you just sew the zipper to the web simple, no sew the outer fabric of the closure, only the tab and the zipper ...

  Here you can see where to spend the seam of the zipper with the inside lip.

   At this point, you should check that the zipper closed is not strange wrinkles or bags.  If everything is correct on this point, then it's time to sew the sections of the waistband and put in the sewing machine heavy thread to sew the seams of " view. "

To "finish" the threads over the beginning and end of each seam, it´s useful to switch the two threads on the wrong side of the garment. After tying knots between themthreading a needle with a hole big enough to get them together. Into the needle in the same exit site of the threads.

  Remove the needle about ctms later. Importantly, the needle must "pass"between the two layers of fabric so that the threads remain trapped within them. Cut the threads.
  The last step is to sew the seam of "view"of the zipper from the outside , this time to sew the two layers of fabric, the exterior zipper tab, end the threads in the same way as in the previous photos.

   Finally briefly sewing stitches to attach the tab that protects the skin, with the tab on the other side.

 Ok, that's it. Now comes the most rewarding part of the process .... Deliver  trousers to hubby, ONLY in exchange for a small "reward" ... it may be some new shoes, or anything that you've been wanting.
 Well, you know that English is not my native language, so if you have any corrections or questions you do about it, just leave it here or e-mail, I will be happy to help.
    Happy sewing, Lady and ... happy "reward"!!!


  1. What a useful tutorial. I rarely wear jeans where I live, but this is a great one to file away for future reference!

  2. This is a timely post as I have been asked to change the zip on a pair of jeans. You bet I am less than happy with this altering interrupting my work in progress jacket.
    I guess mine will not be as nice as yours as I am quite shot of time. BTW hawo long did it take you for this great alteration.
    Hopefuly DH is happy with the result and aware of the effort.

  3. Zips are a lot more useful than buttons, I agree!
    I adore your little yellow hat in the previous post! So cute! It looks really lovely on you!

  4. ¡Que practica eres!

  5. Excellent tutorial with great pictures. Thank you :)

  6. How do you do it??????? I am amazed with this process, and at the same time I know that I won't give it a try. But oh so interesting to see how this is done! The Style Crone

  7. Rosy, no sé si me atrevería a todo eso, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Eres un sol grande y me alegro de haberte encontrado.
    You are a fairy with magic hands.

  8. Rosy, mi niña, que paciencia tienes y que manos...Gracias por tu comentario.


  9. I absolutely agree with you, that simple things, that need only a small modification always wait very long for thier time:-) I remember jeans, which only needed to be shortened and I couldn't find time for it for over a year:-)

  10. my god, your work so neat! noone could guess there have been buttons before!

  11. Your work is so neat. I admire your sewing, I think I would never dare to start an alteration like this.

  12. I agree with you! zips are a lot useful than button, great idea!!!

  13. Muchas gracias por el favorazo que me hiciste u///u Me sigue pareciendo complicado, jejeje... Pero las fotos están geniales y el tutorial superchulo :DDD

    Eres un solete, ¡muchos besos! :D


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