How to Hem Flared Jeans & Keep the Original Hem

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by Kaara's style
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Welcome to my upcycling journey! Today, I will show you how to hem flared jeans and keep the original hem. This is such an easy way to hem your jeans; you won’t need to go to a tailor for this. One of the jeans I thrifted needed to be hemmed, so I decided to make this quick tutorial to show you how it’s done. Let’s go!

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread of choice
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper
Flared jeans before the DIY

Measuring the hem

1. Measure the hem

Put on your jeans and fold them up to your desired length. Then make a mark. Based on my size, I’m going to cut off 2 inches. 

Measuring with a ruler

Now, take them off and measure the mark with a ruler. I’m measuring 2 inches from the bottom of the pants. 

How to measure a hem

Now, go ahead and draw a line but before that, ensure the back is folded down flat. If there are wrinkles, It will come out uneven. 

How to cut the hem of jeans

2. Cut

Cut along the line you just drew. 

How to hem jeans and keep original hem

Once that’s complete, trim out the excess from around the hem. 

Hem of jeans

This is what you should have.

Seam ripping the hem

3. Seam rip the hem

With a seam ripper, remove the stitches from the hem. This will take around 10 minutes for each side. 

Seam ripped hem

This is how it should look afterward. 

Re-pinning the hem

4. Repin the hem

To repin the hem, ensure the front (folded down) faces you and the back with frays placed in the back. Pin the hem around the bottom of the jeans, like a sandwich, so it covers the raw edge. 

Frayed edge tucked inside

Here are the frays at the back. 

How to hem jeans and keep original hem

5. Stitch the hem

Topstitch all around to secure the hem in place. 

Hemmed jeans

All done! 

How to shorten jeans

Just a note, the original thread is yellow, but I replaced it with white. Can you see the difference? You can always mimic the same design; it’s up to you, really. I love to lead when it comes to fashion, so I went for my own style. 

How to hem flared jeans

How to hem flared jeans

This is how you hem flared jeans and keep the original hem! I’m 5ft 2, and I always have a problem finding jeans with my length. So this technique for hemming the jeans works fantastic with a seamless finish! 

Suggested materials:
  • Jeans
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread of choice
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