Last Updated on 6 months by Susan Mayrich
Flared jeans are popular, but they can be a little cumbersome when you have to tuck them into boots. If your flared jeans are too long, you can shorten them at home in just minutes. If you don’t have a sewing machine or if you’re not very handy with one, you can still easily shorten the jeans by hand.
There are a lot of ways to alter clothing – some pretty complicated, some very simple. If you want to shorten your flared jeans without sewing, here are easy ways to do it.
Shorten Flare Jean Using Fusible Bonding Tape
Supplies You Will Need:
- Pair of flared jeans
- Fabric scissors
- Hem tape
Measure and mark the length you want to shorten
Hold the jeans up against yourself and mark your desired length with a pencil or pen.
Fold them to the desired length
Fold the cuffs of your jeans up to the mark you’ve just made on each leg. Make sure that the legs are even and smooth out any bumps or wrinkles in the fabric.
Use your pins to hold the fold in place
Holding your jeans folded up at the mark where you want them to end, use your straight pins to keep them folded up in place for your next step. The trick here is to make sure that both sides of the jeans are lined up evenly and that they’re straight (not wavy).
Iron the fold to smooth it
Place your iron on a medium heat setting and lightly iron over your new cuff for about 30 seconds per side, or until it’s smooth and flat.
Cut pieces of bonding tape you want to use
Start by cutting a piece of fusible bonding web that’s about 1/2 inch wider than your hem, and also 1/2 inch longer than your hem is deep. In other words, if you’re folding up a 2-inch hem, cut the tape 2 1/2 inches wide by about 2 1/4 inches long.
Apply and iron the fusible tape
Next, use an iron to activate a strip of the fusible bonding web and press it onto the inside edge of your flared jeans hem. Hold it in place with one hand while you use an iron on its lowest heat setting to fuse it in place with the other hand.
How to Hem Flared Jeans by Hand
If your flared jeans were a little too long when you bought them, you may be wondering how to hem them by hand. It’s actually quite easy to do at home. Here’s how I hem flared jeans by hand to create a clean look that will last through any washing or drying machine.
- The first step to hemming flared jeans by hand is to try the jeans on inside out.
- Grab a pair of scissors and trim off any excess material from the bottom of your jeans.
- Next, fold the excess material underneath so that it’s completely hidden and pin it in place.
- Once you have all your pins set up, take off the jeans and lay them flat on the floor.
- Now, grab some thread and needle, tie a double knot at the end of your thread, and get ready to sew.
- You can sew a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch – whichever you prefer.
- Just make sure that you’re sewing right next to the edge of your denim and securing the folded bottom flap of fabric in place as you go along.
- Keep sewing until all four pant legs are finished.
How to Make Jeans Shorter Without Cutting or Sewing
This no-sew hem method is easy, fast, and keeps you from messing up your new pair of jeans. With a few simple supplies, you can shorten your pants in less than an hour – no sewing machine required.
Remove the original hem
Before you can make your jeans shorter, you need to remove the original hem so you have enough fabric to work with. If a seam ripper is available, use it.
Measure the area you want to hem
Then, measure the area where you want to create the new hem on each pant leg. Most people choose somewhere between 1 and 3 inches from the bottom of their current hem. This measurement depends on your preference and how much extra fabric you have left after taking off your original hem. If you want to make sure that your new hem is even on both sides, try measuring from the outside seam when possible.
Fold and pin
Fold one pant leg along the marked line so that it lines up with the original hemline. Pin in place along the folded edge so that it stays put when you remove it from your body. Repeat on the other side before removing both pants legs.
Iron the folded hem on both legs
The last step is to iron down your new hems. This will make sure they stay in place while we apply our hemming tape later on. You can either use an ironing board or just lay a flat surface.
Apply fusible tape between the layers of the fold
If you’re using fusible tape or webbing, place it over your existing crease, between the folds of fabric, then press with your iron until both sides have firmly adhered together.
Tips for Wearing Flared Jeans
If you are looking for ways to make your flared jeans more flattering, then here are a few tips that will help you out.
- Do not wear your flared jeans with heels. Instead, wear a pair of flats, ballet shoes, or even boots with a thick heel and ankle length. These shoes will give your legs a bit of length, making your legs look longer and slimmer.
- Wear fitted tops with your flared jeans to avoid appearing larger than you really are. A fitted top and jeans are a great way to slim down the body and make it appear slimmer.
- If you have a petite figure, you should always opt for high-waisted styles of these jeans.
How to Shorten Flared Jeans – In Conclusion
It is easier and cheaper to learn the skill of shortening jeans than buying new ones. You can take your pair of jeans that don’t fit you and make them fit by taking off the unnecessary fabric. Improving your wardrobe with this knowledge gives you more options and a better experience wearing what you want.