How to Make Skinny Jeans Without Sewing, Cutting or Pins

Skinny jeans are very fashionable today, with musicians, movie stars and models all sporting tight-fitting pants. Although skinny jeans are sized the same as regular jeans, a good fit can be hard to find for normal people with larger legs or wider hips. Without cutting or sewing, it is not easy to make normal jeans skinny, but there are some techniques that can make jeans tighter.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine

  • Dryer

  • Bathtub

  • Towel rack

  • Clothesline or shower curtain rail

Step 1

Wash the jeans in a washing machine on a high heat setting and then in the dryer on the highest setting. This method is unscientific in terms of predicting the amount of shrinkage that can be achieved.

Step 2

Place the jeans in a boiling water for 20 minutes and then leave to drip dry. Put the boiling water in a large plastic or metal container so the jeans can be fully submerged, and then dry on a towel rack, clothesline, shower curtain rail or something similar.

Step 3

Put on the jeans and sit in a bath of warm water until the jeans are soaked through. Wear the jeans until they dry. This works best with shrink-to-fit jeans, but can have some effect on regular jeans.


With brand-new jeans, do not expect too much shrinking, as jean manufacturers pre-shrink denim before sale.


Shrinkage may be temporary, as denim will relax and stretch during wear.