DIY: Hemming Pants And Shorts That Are Too Long

hemming pants

Here where I live, we are in the thick of the summer, and it is WARM. I decided I could use another pair of shorts. So instead of going out and buying a new pair, I took a pair of capris that I don’t wear much and cut them off. Hemming pants or shorts is really an easy sewing project. If you know how to sew a straight stitch, you got this!

While I was doing this, I thought I would bring you along for the ride. So here is a quick video tutorial.

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1- You Will Need

  • If you have a pair of shorts that you like the length of, use them as a length guide.
  • Pair of scissors
  • Pins
  • Chalk pencil, pen or regular pencil
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Seam gauge or measuring tape
  • Sewing machine (Can be sewn by hand if you are familiar with the hem stitch)

2- Determine How Long You Want Your Shorts or Pants

  • Add 3/4 inch to the finished edge and mark with pencil.

3- Using the pencil and ruler, mark the cutting line.

4- Cut along line

5- Fold cut pant leg over the top of the uncut leg.

  • Line up the waistline, crotch seams and inseams.
  • Using the already cut leg as a pattern, cut the other pant leg.

6- Folding, pressing and pinning

7- Sewing

  • Using a straight stitch on the sewing machine, sew along the top edge (about 1/4 inches from the bottom edge)

8- Back stitch

9- Clip threads

Ta dah!

Save some money and see if you have any pants that you can transform into some COOL, perfect length shorts.





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Jan Howell

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