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:
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.
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.
I didn’t feel like trying to rock the frayed look, so I folded those raw edges under twice and pinned them into place.
Then, I ran each leg through my sewing machine, using a basic straight stitch.
After a quick press, I was all done with my new DIY cropped jeans! 🙂
And just like that, I now have a cute pair of trendy cropped jeans! AND I saved myself about 30 bucks! 🙂
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?
I have some exciting news, friends! A couple of days ago, I was contacted by Good Afternoon America!!!!
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!
How to Crop Jeans
Learn how to crop a pair of jeans with the Refashionista! Update your old jeans instead of buying a new pair!
- 1 Pair of old jeans
- Safety Pin
- Fabric Scissors
- Straight Pins
- Clothing Iron
- 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.
- Cut a straight line where you pinned.
- Use the scrap from the leg you just cut to measure where to cut the second leg and cut it as well.
- Fold the bottom hems under twice and pin them in place.
- Sew the pinned hems with your sewing machine using a basic straight stitch.
- Press your new jeans' hems.
48 thoughts on “How to Crop Jeans”
I LOVE your Doctor Who reference!
Jillian, Nice job on GAA! That jacket-to-shirt turned out wonderfully! I love that you were wearing a previous refashion, as well!
You’ve inspired me, and I’m now sewing up some garments as we speak. I must say, I’m currently very envious of your dress form! Hopefully they turn out decently. I’m not much of a seamstress, yet. That will come! Thanks for the VERY detailed pictures/instructions throughout your blog. They are my pattern for my new clothes! LOVE IT! KEEP UP THE INSPIRATIONAL WORK!!
Thanks to whoever it may have been that put it onto Youtube. I was busting to see it here in New Zealand… you did a wonderful job and it really WAS like watching an old friend on the tv as someone else said… as for the jeans – LOVE it… am going to get the scissors out and chop chop a couple of pairs of pants in the same way for summer – if it ever gets here…. Job well done!!! Kate
I missed the show. How dis ot go/
How did it go?
It went great! I had a blasty! I just posted the video for all to see yesterday. 🙂
Just saw the show online – thanks, Youtube – Jillian, You are a natural born performer. Great job.
Congrats!!! I love what you did with the jeans! Sounds like the TV show went well…I’m just sad that I’m just now reading this and missed it. Is it online somewhere?
You did AMAZINGLY well on GAA!!! You looked so poised! Congratulations! Ready to see more refashions from you.
Amazing job! You are a natural on the TV. I love the audience reactions!
I was out running errands yesterday and a little before 1, I thought, The ReFashionista is going to be on here shortly-so I ran over to a Mexican resturant and asked them if they would turn a tv on so I could watch you! I got seated right in front of a tv and had it all to myself! As usual, you did a great job on that lady’s jacket!!!!! Be looking for more great things from you!!!!!
Second that comment – I’m in Canada and due to ‘international rights’, I can’t access this video. Would love to see it, so if anyone could throw it up on YouTube, that makes at least two of us Refashionita groupies who would be very happy!
Three! From Australia.
What nail color is that? I’m coveting.
I was so bold to look it up, et voilà, bold enough to put the link to my reply above! So someone was already so nice to upload it on YT. Thank you, stranger!
You did an amazing job as usual!!!!
Too sad that we don’t get US channels over here in Europe… I’d so love to watch your appearance on the show! YouTube, anyone? 😉
Click on the “Good Afternoon America” link above in this thread and it should take you to the GAA website to watch the clip….
hmmm, just read below,, sorry, didn’t know “they” could prevent you from watching on-line. Hopefully someone will put it on YouTube…
No luck – it’s only available to ISPs from the US 🙁
Oh lucky! Here it is!!!
Oh I’m so chuffed! And yes, watching it brought a big smile onto my face when I heard the words “frumpy”, “chop” and “sash” 😉
After checking in here almost every day to read, it was like seeing a good old friend on TV. Somehow strange, isn’t it 😉
Thousand roses! @->–
You were WONDERFUL!
I loved seeing you on GAA. You were great!
Just watched GAA, you were great and I really liked what you did with that gals jacket! I especially loved that you wore one of the refashions from your “366 days”. You’re just darling!
I just watched you on Good Afternoon America! You did awesome! 🙂 – Kady @ pinkgerberdaisies-kady.blogspot.com/
I was at the taping this morning and twitted about you. You were great! I love the idea. Best, @chichisochic
Thanks so much! 🙂 It was a fun show all around!
Love your blog and I love you! I’ve set my DVR and look forward to it!! xoxo
Congrats, Jill! I don’t have access to American TV from where I live, but I firmly believe
that You will rock everyone’s socks off. Have fun!
Congrats!!! I can’t wait to see you on the show!!
How AWESOME! I just recently found your blog but I think I’ve looked at almost all your posts in just the past couple of days! Your refashions are AWESOME! I’ll be watching out for ya!
How exciting! If I wasn’t going to be on a plane to NYC, myself, I’d TOTALLY be watching!
Wow! I’ll try to watch!
Yay! I’ll be watching you tomorrow!
So exciting! I might catch you on!
I’ll be watching Good Afternoon, America!!! tomorrow to catch “THE REFASHIONISTA!!! Hope you’re on the track to the top!!!!! Can barely wait to see you!!!!!
Congratulations! How exciting. Will try to catch it.
That’s such good news! I can’t wait to see it!
Yay! Cannot wait to see what you will do! You will be awesome I’m sure!!!!
See, I KNEW you would make the big time! I love it and I hope I can catch your segment- xo Diana
Congratulations! That is so exciting! Can’t wait to see it 🙂
You’ll be awesome, as usual!! pls post a link for those of us with no TVs.
You don’t need luck. You have talent and skills! Have a great time!
You get uber bonus points from me for the Dr. Who reference! 😛
Love the Doctor Who ref, too 😉
Hello Larry! Could he be a new fella? Love the floods! I’m insipired to do the same to a couple of pair of jeans just wasting away in my closet. Good Luck on the show!
Tee hee! 😉
Love the simplicity! Enjoy the show and the time away from home. Had to share on fb!
That is awesome that you’ll be on GMA! Good luck! I’ll definitely try and watch! 😀