DIY Flare Jeans: How to Make Cropped & Frayed Hem Flare Jeans

Ty Kent
by Ty Kent
5 Materials
1 Hour

Skinny jeans may make you look pared down and slim but the style is changing. Flared jeans are trending and super on point now. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to make flare jeans or cropped flare jeans, here’s how to DIY flare jeans in just about an hour. Let me show you how!

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Marking or tailor’s chalk
  • Sewing machine (use a denim or heavyweight needle)
Measuring the jeans for the flare

1. Take measurements

You’ll need two measurements. The first is to measure from your waist down to your knees. The second measurement is the width of your knee multiplied by two. You’ll need the second measurement when making the flare.

Marking the jeans with chalk

Mark that measurement with the chalk.

Cutting the jeans at the knee

2. Cut the jeans

Cut the jeans straight across the knee line measurement.

Cutting off the original hem

3. Use the legs of the jeans

Cut away the original hem from the bottom of the cut-off legs.

Cutting along the folds of the denim pieces

Fold each one of the leg pieces in half. Cut along the fold to create two pieces. 

Cutting along the inseams

Cut along the inseam. That’s the thickest seam on the inside of the leg. 

Cutting off the inseam

Then cut off the inseam.

How to make flare jeans

4. Create the flare

Lay the pieces right sides together. Sew a straight stitch along on the short end to create a long strip. 

Gathering the fabric for the flare

Set your machine to the longest stitch (5.0) to make a gathering stitch. Sew the long stitch at the very top of the strip.

Here is where you will need the second measurement. Gather the fabric to the width of the knee line (knee width X 2). Pull the threads at the gathering stitch and distribute the gathers evenly. 

DIY cropped flare jeans tutorial

5. Attach the flare

Place the flare right sides together, folding it in half. Sew the other short end. 

How to make cropped flare jeans

Place the jeans with the right sides facing you. Place the flare piece on the wrong side facing you, so the flare and the jeans are right sides together.

Line up the gathered edge to the raw edge of the jeans.

Sew them together using a straight stitch.

DIY frayed hem flare jeans

6. Fray the edges

Once the flare is attached to the jeans, hem the bottoms of the flare. You could also fray the bottoms which is a great look! Check out this video on how to fray jeans to learn the best way to do it.

DIY flare jeans

DIY flare jeans tutorial

I hope you make these DIY frayed hem flare jeans! They really look amazing and give new life to old straight jeans! Please let me know in the comments if you made them and share any photos!

Suggested materials:
  • Jeans
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
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