So, raise your hand if one of the reasons you’ve been afraid to make your first pair of jeans is because of installing rivets and buttons. I hear ya – after the fly, I thought this was going to be the scariest part of making my jeans. But to my surprise, it was actually super simple! You can do it with some basic tools. And as long as you practice a couple times first (make sure to get a few extra rivets and buttons!), you’ll have no problem installing these little details.
For the button you’ll need: a scrap piece of wood, or a wood cutting board.
For the rivets you’ll need: a scrap piece of metal (steel or iron), the back of a frying pan, or a small anvil.
For both the button and anvil you’ll need: an awl or something to poke holes through denim (like a nail), metal/wire cutters, and a hammer.
There are some other ways to install rivets, and I’ll go over them quickly at the end of this post. But first I’ll go through the basic installation, without needing any extra equipment. Ready? Because here we go!