• How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 1
    Step 1

    I distress denim with #220 grit sandpaper. I try to find a foam handle for it to save my nails. 100% cotton distresses the best.
    The blue denim is 96% cotton/4% lycra and the black denim was "unknown" fibres. I literally count how many "rubs" I give to every piece of fabric when distressing with sandpaper - for consistency. It took six times as many rubs on the black "unknown" fibres denim than on the blue 96% cotton denim. The black still doesn't look as good.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 2
    Step 2

    It helps to put the finished jeans on when rubbing with sandpaper too. Then crotch wrinkles and wear at the knees or thighs can be made according to your own body.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 3
    Step 3

    I use a topstitching sewing needle and topstitching thread (not in my bobbin though) and my 1/4″ sewing foot and my blind hem sewing foot to make the stitching lines straight. I like a #4 stitch length on my sewing machine.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 4
    Step 4

    Attaching jeans rivets/buttons is tricky, but once you get the hang of it, you will be fine.
    Supplies needed:
    Nail or brad awl
    Hammer
    Masking tape
    Wood
    Jean rivet kit
    Jeans button kit
    Use your hammer to tap your small nail (I couldn't find a small enough nail so I used a cork screw!) through all your denim layers where you want your rivet hole to go. Make sure your chunk of wood is underneath.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 5
    Step 5

    Poke your rivet post through the hole you just made to open it up.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 6
    Step 6

    Assemble your rivet tool with your rivet top on one side and your rivet post on the other side, as described on your package directions.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 7
    Step 7

    Place your loaded rivet tool with the post back under your denim layers into the hole you already made. Hold the rivet tool closed and give it a few taps (it took 4 or 5 for me) with your hammer. Pop your rivet tool open and your rivet is attached.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 8
    Step 8

    If your rivet has to be applied away from the edge, still use your nail and hammer to make a hole, then place your rivet post in the hole. Load your rivet tool with your rivet top only. Hold it down and give it a few taps - don't hit your thumb - and your rivet is attached.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 9
    Step 9

    Jeans buttons - the technique is the same, the tool and button a bit bigger. Make your hole with your nail and hammer.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 10
    Step 10

    Poke your jeans button post through your hole. Load your jeans button front on your tool.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 11
    Step 11

    Place your loaded jeans button tool on your post and tap a few times (7 or 8) with your hammer.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 12
    Step 12

    Pop off your jeans button tool and there it is - finished jeans button. Practice how many taps it takes to attach it BUT not crush it!

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressing Denim, Topstitching And Attaching Jeans Rivets/Buttons - Step 13
    Step 13

    Tip - I hammer really thick layers of denim before I sew them. The masking tape secures all the layers so I can hammer. Hammering distresses fabric, so hammer the wrong side if you don't want a distressed look.

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