Easy Way to Hem Jeans


I don’t know about you, but I have several jeans that rarely get worn because they’re too long.  I’m 5’4″ so I have to buy “short” length if I’m going to wear them with tennis shoes or flats.  Unfortunately, I only have two pairs that are this length.  I have several regular length jeans I end up making work and then I have probably three pairs of jeans that I can only wear with heeled boots.

Those jeans don’t get much wear because I’m a flats kind of girl and rarely zip my footsies into boots.  Let’s face it, I can’t run after loose kiddos very well in heels.  Anyway, I was about to go shopping for a new pair of jeans to wear with flats but decided I would try to hem a pair before I did.  I’m so glad I did.

The process was easy and didn’t take but 10 minutes start to finish.  I just saved myself $35!

easy way to hem jeans

BEFORE: These jeans I was only able to wear with heeled boots

  • Pins
  • sewing machine
  • pair of jeans you like the length of
Game Plan:

1.  Match your jeans up with a pair you already have that you like the length of.

Make sure that the top of the pants are matched up exactly.

easy way to hem jeans

Match your jeans up with a pair you like the length of

2.  Roll up your jeans and pin to the place where you want them to be.

The top of the hem of the pants your hemming, should come to where the top of the hem is on the other pair of pants.  I hope that makes sense.  Look at the next step to make sure you understand where you will be sewing.

easy way to hem jeans

3. Sew right under the original hem.

how to hem jeans with original hem

Sew right underneath the original hem

4.  You have two choices here, you can cut off the lower portion of the jeans that are unused or you can keep it and just tack it up inside of the jeans.

I chose to cut the extra jean fabric off because unfortunately I doubt I’ll be doing any more growing 🙁  If I were hemming kids jeans, I would probably tack up the extra fabric that way I could let it out if he or she grew.

easy way to hem jeans

5.  Fold the original hem down and iron flat.

easy way to hem jeans

BEFORE: These jeans I was only able to wear with heeled boots

easy way to hem jeans

AFTER: My jeans fit perfectly now with flats

Have a shirt that’s too big?  Check out my easy tutorial on how to make a t-shirt smaller.  You’ll be amazed by how easy it is!  No more throwing away ill fitting t-shirts.

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