If you’re looking for a quick and simple update for an old pair of jeans, simply find some pretty fabric and you’re halfway there! Read on to see how to do it yourself.
- Fabric (Choose a fabric that doesn’t fray, such as cotton with a bit of stretch, and without a shiny, slippery finish)
- Needle and thread
1. Determine how much you want your jeans to turn up at the hem; I decided on 6 centimeters (about 2.5 inches).
2. Place the bottom of an unfolded leg of your jeans over your fabric.
3. Wrap your fabric vertically around the leg of your jeans. Use it as a guide but cut the fabric slightly wider along the edge of your jeans on one side.
4. Fold your fabric in half vertically with the right side facing in and the wrong side facing out.
5. With your fabric still folded in half, cut two cuffs approximately 4 inches long. Put one aside for now.
6. Hand sew the open edges together only along the short side of the fabric rectangle, positioning the seam about one-tenth of an inch from the edge to create a loop that remains open at top and bottom.
7. Once you have sewn that edge, turn the fabric loop inside out so that the right side of the fabric faces out and the seam is concealed.
8. Turn your jeans inside out and slip a fabric loop over the bottom of one leg; align the seam of the cuff and the seam of the jeans.
9. Hand sew the top and bottom edge of the fabric to the jeans.
10. Turn your jeans back around the right way and flip the bottom to expose the fabric you sewed inside.
11. Turn them up to the measurement you made at the start, in my case, 6 centimeters (about 2.5 inches).
12. Turn the top edge of the fabric cuff under to conceal the hand stitching. Place a few concealed stitches around the top of the cuff, sewing only the bottom layer of the cuff to the jeans; this keeps the cuff from unraveling.
13. Hand sew the fabric to the jeans around the bottom edge also to secure the cuff in place.
14. Repeat the same steps on the other leg. Check that both turned up cuffs measure equally before sewing down the second side.
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