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Published on June 14th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe


How-to: Shorten a Pair of Pants

pants too long
Not too long ago, I showed you a quick and dirty way to take in a too big tank top, but that’s not the only way you can use your sewing skills to alter thrifted treasures! Here’s how you can shorten a pair of thrifted pants in just a few simple steps.

I am what you might call “not tall.” Some might even go so far as to say that I am short. Those people would be right, and it was the bane of my thrifty existence before I learned how to sew. Luckily, taking up a pair of pants can be quick and easy! Not only can you use this tutorial to shorten pants, but the same process will work for shortening a skirt that might be cute if the length weren’t a bit dowdy.

Ready to get sewing? Let’s go!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

One Response to How-to: Shorten a Pair of Pants

  1. Anonymous says:

    this is so handy to know how to do.

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