I bought a new pair of jeans that I love, but after getting them home I found that they were too long. I think this is a fairly common problem. Women’s clothes are by no means the same size just because the tag says they are, which is part of why I despise shopping for myself so much. These jeans were “average” length and apparently the “average” woman is taller than me, but I love how they fit everywhere else, so I bought them.

I tried wearing them before hemming them and it was terrible. I was walking on the ends even though I tried rolling them up and it was just a mess. I finally took the time to hem them so I could wear them comfortably.

Today, I would like to share with you a little tutorial on how to hem a pair of jeans so that you can fix any you may have that you love but are too long.

My pants are too long :(

My pants are too long :(

To start, try the jeans on. I recommend doing this while wearing shoes so that you don’t accidentally make them too short causing the opposite problem. On only one leg, pin the jeans where you want the new length to be.

Carefully pin where you want the new hem length.

Carefully pin where you want the new hem length.

Carefully, take the jeans off and finish pinning them the rest of the way around the one leg. I recommend lining up and pinning the side seams first to ensure that they line up after sewing.

Starting with the seam pin the jeans.

Starting with the seam pin the jeans.

Now, you are ready to sew the first leg. I try to line my needle up right on the edge of the original hem.

Reminder: start and end with a back-stitch.

Line needle up with the original hem.

Line needle up with the original hem.

After sewing the first leg, try the jeans on again and make sure the new hem is where you want it to be. If it is, you are ready to move on to the second leg.

Check the length of the one leg you have already sewn.

Check the length of the one leg you have already sewn.

With the second leg, you want to pin it using the first leg as your guide. You can get super technical and measure everything if you want to, but I use the first leg as a guide and eyeball it.

Comparing the length of the two legs.

Comparing the length of the two legs.

After I have pinned the second leg, I hold the two legs together by folding the jeans in half and lay them out on the floor to line the legs up to double-check that they are pinned evenly. If they are, you are ready to sew the second leg just as you did with the first.

After you have sewn both legs, make sure they still look even. If they do, you can now cut your excess material. I don’t cut the excess until AFTER I have sewn both legs and checked the length because once you cut them, there is no turning back.

Cut the excess material AFTER you have sewn and checked length.

Cut the excess material AFTER you have sewn and checked length.

After you have sewn both legs and cut the excess material, you may want to press with an iron, then you’re done.

Jeans Finished Hemming

This is what the finished pant leg and hem should look like. Unless they are looking very closely, no one should be able to tell that you hemmed them at all :)

I hope this tutorial helps you salvage some life from a few favorite pairs of jeans. If it already has, please let me know below! Also, if you need clarification on any of the steps, feel free to ask šŸ™‚