Thrift Coat: Button Replacement

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I came across this cute, medium weight coat at Goodwill a few years ago, thinking it’d be a great fall/spring coat {at a steal!} for Ainsley when she was big enough for it.  It appeared to be in good condition, but I did not examine it too closely since I was quickly scanning through the rack looking for something specific.  I washed it and threw it in the bigger sized clothing storage for later. Later came and we pulled the coat out when we needed it.  Jeremy put the coat on Ainsley and said “Uh, did you know there are no buttons on this?”  Oops!  My bad!

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But this was an easy fix!  It took very little time and effort. All I used for this project was:

  • Ribbon (the heavier the better)
  • Buttons
  • Thread/sewing machine

I had everything on hand, so this was essentials and “free” project.  Aside from the $3 I spent on the jacket. The previous owner of this jacket really loved the buttons.  They removed all of them!  Every single one.  And by removed, I mean ripped!  There were large, torn holes left where each button on the placket once was.

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No worries!  I’ll just replace them!  I sewed ribbon down the front to cover the holes where the buttons were torn off.  Then used a button covering kit and some fabric I had on hand to make some buttons.

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In hindsight, I should have just used plastic buttons because they slip through the button holes much easier.  But I didn’t have any, so I went with what I had. It turned out a bit more whimsical than I had planned, I’m happy with it for not having to spend much time or money on it!  It’s a nice jacket to transition to Spring or going into Fall!

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Thank you for reading!

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