Whether because the pants are a little too tight, the buttonhole too small or the zipper pull too small to manage easily, children's jeans can become difficult to fasten. Several different methods take care of these common problems, such as replacing the button with a smaller version, replacing the button with hook-and-loop tape or adding a new zipper pull.
Hook-and-loop tape offers a simple solution for jeans that are difficult to button or snap, or for young hands that aren't quite able to manage dealing with a tight button. Use a commercial-grade hook-and-loop tape and stitch each half onto the jeans in the overlapping area where the button or snap secures the pants. Remove the snap or button from the bottommost flap first. An upholstery-grade thread helps keep the hook-and-loop tape secure without it tearing away from the jeans.
Add a Snap-in Second Button
A specialty-style button adds a little more space for jeans that are too tight for the child to button comfortably otherwise. This button works like a clutch-back lapel pin, pushing through the denim on the front, securing with a clasp on the back. While the child wears the jeans, position the back flap containing the button to a position that would be a more comfortable fit for the button to travel through the buttonhole. Push the button pin through the front of the back flap of the denim in this area and then add the clasp on back. Test the button first to ensure it fits through the buttonhole.
Smaller Button Solution
In some cases, the buttonhole may be too tight for the child to push the button through, even with the help of an adult. If you have a sewing machine and the ability to make the hole slightly wider and restitch it, make the hole just wide enough to fit the button through -- the pants may easily come unbuttoned if it's too wide. If you do not have a sewing machine, remove the button and replace it with a regular holed button that fits the buttonhole well. Stitch it with an upholstery-grade thread to help prevent the thread from breaking.
Replace the Zipper Pull
Sometimes, the zipper pull doesn't work well with the zipper or is so small it is hard to grasp and pull upward. Replace the pull with a larger style that is easier to grasp; specialty styles in shapes such as hearts or circles also come in thicker versions for even more grip -- easy for less-than-nimble hands to grasp and pull.
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