Jeans bits and pieces

Finding your jeans hardware is fun but can be a an exhausting search if you can’t find what you want locally. Online and chatting to sewers through social media helps you uncover what’s available when you’re starting to make jeans. That’s why I started my shorts journey – to lead me to making jeans for my next Minerva Crafts project.

Grommets or rivets are usually placed on the front zipper pockets, coin pocket and on the back pockets but be creative and put them anywhere you want. After all, these are your jeans and you get to make them look unique.

If you can’t get your hardware locally here are some online places to get jeans bits and pieces include:
Grommet mart
Cast Bullet
Stans sewing supplies
Minerva Crafts
Ebay suppliers using jeans rivets in crafts gets you this

DK Fabrics in Adelaide had some good quality jeans hardware when I visited them last year.

A tailors awl to help insert rivets.

A good jeans button has a nail with ridges. This button nail is hammered through the fabric. 

I’ve used a jean button that had a smooth nail and the button popped off the first time I sneezed. It was a lady sneeze too.
Modified centre back seam to adjust for sway back.
Finished centre back ready to add the back belt loop.

Top-stitching thread
If you can’t find a local supplier or have an unusual denim, try combining thread colours to achieve the top-stitching colour you want to achieve.

Preparing the belt loops for top stitching.
These Maritime shorts were top stitched.
This mustard version were my first attempt with jeans top stitching.

The black shorts are my second attempt using a jeans button and rivets. 

They’re a bit better.

The coverstitch machine made topstitching easy but using a twin needle on your sewing machine will help you achieve the same effect.

You’ll see the finished jeans next week. 


  1. Thanks for the list of suppliers. I have one of those buttons with the ridged nail. I'm guessing from this post that you have to hammer it together? I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I spent quite some time last week trying to screw it together before giving up and sewing on a different button!


  2. Oh Megan. I would keep that for a 'funny thing happened when I first made jeans' story.
    Yes. Lightly hammer it in. Check Youtube for tutes. I'll add some on here shortly.


  3. Thanks for this Maria! When I get back from Japan I'm going to knuckle down & get my jeans DONE! Hopefully I'll pick up some denim while I'm over there & I'll keep my eyes peeled for hardware, but this list will be very handy if I can't find what I'm looking for 🙂


  4. Thanks for the list of grommet suppliers. I ordered from Grommet Mart years ago, but it's good to know other options for whenever my stock runs out.


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