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How to Crop Jeans

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I feel almost guilty about admitting this, but sometimes when I’m at Target getting toothpaste, shampoo, or whathaveyou, I wander into the clothing section.  

While wandering the other day, I saw several pairs of cropped jeans and pants that I loved!  

And I coveted them.  

And I allllllmost bought a pair.  

But then I remembered this pair of jeans that I’ve had for years, but never wear anymore:

how to crop jeans before
Just a normal pair of jeans, y’all.  🙂

There’s nothing wrong with these jeans, I just seem to prefer every other pair I own over them.  

This means they’ll be perfect for cropping to a trendier length!

I used a safety pin to mark where I wanted my DIY cropped jeans to fall on my leg.

safety pin marking new jeans leg length
See it?

Then I made a couple of chops, cutting a straight line along where I pinned.

I used the scrap from the first leg to mark the second leg & keep them even.

cut off bottom of jeans leg

I didn’t feel like trying to rock the frayed look, so I folded those raw edges under twice and pinned them into place.

pinned bottom hem of jeans leg
Pinned & Prepped!

Then, I ran each leg through my sewing machine, using a basic straight stitch.

sewing bottom of cropped jeans leg

After a quick press, I was all done with my new DIY cropped jeans!  🙂

ironing bottom hem of jeans
A most pressing issue!

And just like that, I now have a cute pair of trendy cropped jeans!  AND I saved myself about 30 bucks!  🙂

how to crop jeans after
Leaving on a Jet Plane…
diy cropped jeans after
Such an easy DIY!

But wait a tic…why am I at the airport?  And why is my sewing machine hanging out in the bottom corner of the above pic?

airport departures board
About to take another big CHOMP out of the Big Apple! 🙂

I have some exciting news, friends!  A couple of days ago, I was contacted by Good Afternoon America!!!!  

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This suits me fine, as I’m not much of a “morning” person! 😉

A lucky audience member will get a personalized refash by moi!  I wonder who I’ll pick?!  🙂

Wish me luck!!!!

Edit from THE FUTURE: Here’s the clip for Refashionista on Good Afternoon America!


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Yield: 1 Pair of Cropped Jeans

How to Crop Jeans

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Learn how to crop a pair of jeans with the Refashionista! Update your old jeans instead of buying a new pair!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Less than $5


  • 1 Pair of old jeans


  • Safety Pin
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Thread
  • Straight Pins
  • Clothing Iron


    1. Put your jeans on & mark where you want your cropped jeans to fall on your leg with a safety pin. Make sure to allow 1/2" in or so for a seam allowance.
    2. Cut a straight line where you pinned.
    3. Use the scrap from the leg you just cut to measure where to cut the second leg and cut it as well.
    4. Fold the bottom hems under twice and pin them in place.
    5. Sew the pinned hems with your sewing machine using a basic straight stitch.
    6. Press your new jeans' hems.
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