Tutorial: How to Hem Jeans Without Sewing

no sew jean hem tutorial

Everlane jeans sz 24 (26.5″ inseam) and sneakers 5, Reformation top xxs (with nippies), Edited Pieces belt xxs

For today’s post I wanted to share a little trick I use often to shorten my jeans in under 10 minutes – watch the video here for a demonstration! I’ve previously shared how I cut my jeans and prevent fraying, but I love this method as an alternative! I know many don’t want a raw edge hem and like to keep the original hem look on their jeans, which can be a pretty costly alteration! Last I checked locally in Boston it was upwards of $35 to $40 per pair to alter jeans with an original hem (though, worth doing for jeans you love and wear often).

This method is also a great option if you need a temporary fix and don’t want to permanently shorten your jeans – perhaps you have a pair that looks great full length with heels, but you want to wear them cropped on a different day with sneakers.

If you know how to sew, then this is also exactly how I hem my jeans via sewing. Instead of the safety pins in Step 5, I just stitch right along the same line.

how to hem jeans without sewing

Watch the Tutorial Video on Instagram
Step 1: Try jeans on with your favorite shoes

Put on the shoes you’ll be wearing with the jeans most often and figure out the length you want. I love my straight cut jeans to hit above my ankle for wearing with flats and sneakers!

Step 2: Fold the Hems

Fold to the length you want by tucking in the extra length underneath, while keeping the original bottom edge of the jeans exposed.

Step 3: Get close to the original stitch line

Tuck the jeans all the way around and ensure the fold is aligned as close as you can with the original stitching at the hem.

Step 4: Flip the bottom hem inside out

Take the jeans off without losing the fold you made in step 2, and flip the bottom hem inside-out.

Step 5: Secure with safety pins

Add safety pins to the inside cuff of your jeans. This will secure your folding in place, and the safety pins won’t be visible from the outside. Flip the bottom hems rightside-up again.

Step 6: Iron

Iron along your new hemline to flatten it down and make it appear seamless!

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  1. Therese Bea wrote:

    Thank you for the tip! It’s awesome! I was wondering where did you get your belt and how did you get it fit so well? I have a hard time finding belts. Thank you.

    Posted 8.6.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thanks Therese! My belt is from Edited Pieces and is also linked right under the first photo in this post. Edited Pieces is actually a line I created specifically for petite proportions, I’m so glad to hear you love the look of it!

      Posted 8.7.23 Reply
  2. Judith Lindgren wrote:

    Looks like this will be an entertaining and informative newsletter. I look forward to solving some short-person problems.

    Posted 9.17.22 Reply
  3. Kate wrote:

    Love this idea — can’t wait to try. But I’m curious, when you sew rather than safety pin, do you then cut off the extra fabric? Thanks!

    Posted 9.4.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Yes I do!

      Posted 9.6.22 Reply
  4. Cathy wrote:

    Thankyou for sharing . But does this method only apply for straight leg ? If so, do you have a way to shorten flare and skinny jeans?

    Posted 9.4.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      It may work for skinny but not flare. For flare you may just need to do a traditional sewn hem job or raw cut

      Posted 9.6.22 Reply
  5. Kathleen wrote:

    Your suggestions for practical adjustments to clothing and accessories are so helpful! Love following you. Your choices are so flattering to a small frame and weight. ❤️

    Posted 8.18.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Kathleen!

      Posted 8.23.22 Reply
  6. Dawn wrote:

    Pictures 5 and 6 do not look like the instruction with it.

    Posted 8.6.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Dawn, I just added a link in the first paragraph to a video I shared on Instagram showing each of the steps. Apologies for not having that linked before, but I think that may be helpful in understanding steps 5 and 6!

      Posted 8.8.22 Reply
  7. Jo wrote:

    Hi Jean, would love to know what color your jeans are. Thanks!!

    Posted 8.6.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Jo, mine are the “worn-in mid blue” wash!

      Posted 8.8.22 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Whew. Outstanding hack! Truly, thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with us.

    Posted 8.5.22 Reply
  9. Nicole Fiore wrote:

    AHHH! This is a great tip, thank you so much!!

    Posted 8.3.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      So glad you found it helpful, Nicole!

      Posted 8.5.22 Reply
  10. Beth A wrote:

    Can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

    Posted 8.3.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Let me know how it goes when you try it!

      Posted 8.5.22 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Hope u and your family are doing well! Great tutorials Jean! This is very imformative. Loving the outfit. Please i have a baby shower to attend and i am not sure whether i should wear the express floral top with the matching skirt or Farm Rio pineapple romper with the casterner wedges?
    Can you please help me decide!

    May God bless you and your family! Xoxo love!

    Posted 8.2.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you, I think the matching floral set would look great for an occasion like that!

      Posted 8.2.22 Reply
      • Anonymous wrote:

        Thanks so much Jean for getting back to me. This means so much. Thanks. I just recieve my Farm Rio pineapple romper and I love it. I will wear it when i go on vacation instead.

        You my favorite petite blogger. May God bless you and your family. Please keep the sharing!

        Posted 8.2.22 Reply

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