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Attaching rivets to jeans trousers #E02

Homemade and tailor-made! In the following article, I explain step by step via video and illustrated text instructions how I attach rivets to the front pockets of a pair of jeans. You can of course also use this technique for the back pockets or in other places. Then have fun and good luck!

Video instructions:

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1. Rivet set

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - Rivet set 403101 from Prym with tool
Rivet set 403101 from Prym with tool

I use the 403 101 rivet set from Prym, which contains the necessary tools.

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - tool with inserted straps
Tool with inserted carriers

I will hammer a rivet into the left and right front pocket openings. I therefore need 2 top and 2 bottom parts. I prepare the tool by pressing the supports for the upper and lower part into the holder.

2. Rivet position

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - mark rivet position 1 cm from side seam
Mark the rivet position 1 cm from the side seam

I place the position for the rivet at a distance of approx. 10 mm from the side seam in the middle of my double stitching. If you work in the rivet before the side leg seam is closed, add the width of the seam allowance to the spacing.

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - pin pocket opening before punching
Pin the pocket opening before punching

I pin the pocket opening to the facing so that nothing slips when working in.

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - 2.5 mm diameter punch pliers Tool
Punch pliers with 2.5 mm diameter Tool

Now pre-punch the holes for the rivets. The set includes a punching tool and a small shim. However, I prefer to use my hole punch pliers.

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to jeans - pre-punch hole through pocket
Pre-punch hole through pocket

I set the smallest size of 2.5 mm diameter and place a piece of fabric under the plate so that I punch through all the layers of the trouser pocket.

3. Insert rivets

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - rivets top and bottom with tool
Rivets upper and lower part with tool

Now I place the upper and lower parts in the holders of my tool; I can tell which belongs where by the shape.

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - insert the upper and lower part of the rivet into the tool
Insert the upper and lower part of the rivet into the tool
smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - old brass side of the rivet ("lower part") with pin
Old brass side of the rivet ("lower part") with pin

I want the old brass-colored underside of the rivet on the outside of my pants – so I press this from the outside in through the punched hole.

Press the "lower part" rivets from the outside through the punched-out opening
Press the "lower part" rivets from the outside through the punched-out opening
smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - press upper part onto lower part
Press upper part onto lower part

I now press the silver-colored top against it from the inside.

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - hammer the rivet into place
Tighten the rivet with a hammer

I hammer the rivet tight and then remove the tool. Done!

smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - rivet view on inside of pocket
Rivet view on the inside of the pocket
smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to denim trousers - Trousers with inset rivets
Trousers with inset rivets
smartPATTERN sewing instructions for attaching rivets to jeans - rivet on right pocket
Rivet on right pocket

Of course, you can also add more rivets to suit your taste, e.g. on the upper edge of the front pockets and the coin pocket.

If you also want to attach rivets to the rear pockets, remember that – depending on the shape of the rivets – they could damage or scratch furniture, other items of clothing, etc.

If you’re not quite ready yet and perhaps want to start at the beginning, you’ll find some links here: