How-to: Shorten a Pair of Pants

pants pinned

Press and Sew

Use your iron to press your cuffs, and you’re ready to run them through the sewing machine. You’ll want to stitch about 1/8″ from the top of the fold, like in the photo below. You also might want to choose coordinating thread. I used this lovely contrasting green thread so you can follow along.

pants seam sewn
Now that you’ve sewn your pants all the way around, you’re ready to press them one more time, turn them right side out, and admire your handiwork! Hurrah!

pants done

Written by Becky Striepe

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 .

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