Easy Sewing Hack for When Your Jeans Are Too Long

Sewphilia Studio
by Sewphilia Studio
5 Materials
20 Minutes

A big problem that I have with trousers is that the legs are always too long. If your jeans are too long too, I have a simple solution to share with you. This method is really easy and even allows you to keep the original jem. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans to shorten
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine or thread and needle
  • Scissors
Determining how much length you want to take off

1. Determine how much length you want to take off

Firstly, you’ll need to put your jeans on to determine how much length you want to take off.

I want to take four inches off from the length, so I fold the hem outwards on the right side by two inches (4 ÷ 2). 

Pinning it in the place

2. Pin it in place

Then, pin that in place. Make sure that the side seams are matching so you don't have a wonky trouser when you're done.

Sewing on machine

3. Sew 

Now, the trick to maintaining the original hem is to sew on the inside, close to the edge of the previous seam.

Take it to the sewing machine and sew close to the seam.

If you don't have a sewing machine, you can go ahead, and hand sew this. 

Pressing jeans

4. Fold and press

Once you're done sewing, fold the excess in and press. 

Excess fabric

5. Cut off any excess fabric

Because this particular jean is a skinny jean, any excess fabric at the hem will make it bulky.

You can go ahead and cut away the excess fabric, if need be, leaving about half an inch allowance. 

6. Zigzag stitch the edge (optional)

You can also leave the edge raw, or you can finish it off with a zig-zag stitch.

Shortened jeans

A simple hack for when your jeans are too long

And that’s it! You now know how to shorten jeans while maintaining the original hem.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. It’s such an easy hack for when your jeans are too long.

If you give this a go, let me know how you get on in the comments section down below.

Suggested materials:
  • Jeans to shorten
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
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