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.
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!