How to Repair or Replace Clothing Closures

How to Repair or Replace Clothing Closures

No matter how chic your outfit may be, outdated or damaged closures are never in style. To ensure your garment is best-dressed, simply change the closure. Try swapping a standard zipper for buttons and loops or hook and eyes, or change a buttonhole into a frog closure as shown here. A new, unexpected closure will give your garment a stylish, updated look that will keep you wearing it for years to come.

  1. Cut the button off the garment and use a seam ripper to remove the stitches around the buttonhole.
  2. To stabilize the fabric at the hole, cut a piece of fusible interfacing that is ½” (1.3 cm) larger than the buttonhole on all sides.
  3. With wrong sides together, secure the interfacing to the fabric at the hole by pressing and holding an iron over it for 5 to 10 seconds.
  4. Pin the frog closure in place, covering the buttonhole with one side and the button placement with the other side.
  5. Handsew the frog closure to the garment using a pick stitch.
  6. Tie a knot on the wrong side of the fabric and trim the thread ends.

When choosing a new closure, take the weight of the fabric into consideration, and also evaluate how quickly or frequently the closure will be used.


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