How To DIY Your Own Cuffed Jeans


You’ve seen me raving about cuffed jeans lately and while many pairs come already cuffed, I find hemming my own from regular wide leg jeans works best. I can then tailor them to my exact correct length for the majority of the shoes I wear. AND I have a super easy trick to how you can do your own, too.

A Game Changing Tool To Hem Your Own Pants + Jeans

Linzi and Shana hipped me to this little micro-stitch tool a year or so ago for quickly hemming pants + dresses (we all shorties, 5’4″ and under.) It’s game changing for a ton of pieces in my wardrobe, but especially so for wide leg pants.

Straight leg jeans can cuff on their own (maybe with a little ironing for that crisp finish) but wide legs have too much fabric to stay cuffed as you walk. Even heavier denim won’t stay up…but have no fear. This little thing makes it a breeze to do. Yes, even with the jeans still on your bod. Haha.

OH and the second best thing besides the quick, easy hemming of this tool? It’s not permanent! You can easily snip the little stitch tags to undo the hem later to wear with heels etc.

Micro-stitch Tool | Jeans

Ultimate lazy-girl hemming is the only way I’m gonna actually get it done (even though I know how to sew, have my own machine, have a decent amount of experience hemming my clothes, am super crafty, etc.) I need quick results or these pants will linger in my closet forever. Heh. If you are similar, you are my people.

Everyone Loves A Before + After

Before and after using the micro-stitch tool (and an iron)

Similar Vest | Blackk Bag (or this) | Blue Bag | Jeans (29) | Sandals | Sneakers

**Yes, these are the same pair. Just different lighting in both locations.

The steps to hem these were super simple (and a little different for the jeans example below, so I’ll detail those next.)

The stitches are so tiny I wanted to point them out here for spacing reference with arrow.

How To Use The Micro-Stitch Tool, Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat your iron.
  2. Put on the jeans and the shoes you’ll wear most with them.
  3. Adjust the cuff to the length you want and pin with a safety pin.
  4. Take off the jeans and iron them to the desired cuff length on the pinned side.
  5. Repeat with the other leg, measuring it based on the first cuff.
  6. Use the micro-stitch tool, placing a stitch on either side of each side seam first, then by putting a stitch in the center of each new section so the fabric stays flat and doesn’t bunch. Go back and forth placing a little stitch in the middle of each new section until there are no droopy parts of the cuff. Going back and forth between each section instead of stitching straight around helps the fabric stay flat. (You can even do this part if you have the jeans on LOL but the needle is quite sharp so maybe don’t?? I like to live on the edge.)
  7. Put on your cuffed jeans and admire your handiwork that only took minutes!

Keeping The Original Hem Of Your Jeans

I wanted to show a second example here and the other actual jeans I’ve hemmed are black (there are also black stitch tags included in the package) so uh, not easy to see. But I’ve also hemmed these Rag & Bone Miramar Knit “Jeans” and kept the original hem in tact.

This would be tricky to attempt with heavy denim I think, but would probably work with most pants with a similar thicker bottom hem. So while this is a departure from the big cuff trend I’m loving above, this was game changing for this pair of pants.

Miramar Jeans | Micro-stitch Tool

Here I folded up the pants to the length I wanted and pinned them. Then folded the bottom original hem back down and finagled the fabric until both edges were even. So, if your pants were even longer you’d have an even taller hidden cuff, if that makes sense. Then hemmed with the tool.

It’s much easier once you’re holding your own pair in front of you. Lol. But this is a good example of what it looks like on the inside vs the outside. I’m telling you, this tool is amazing!

Miramar Jeans | Micro-stitch Tool

Before hemming (L) and after hemming (R).

Questions You Might Have About The Micro-stitch Tool

Does it work on various fabrics?
I’ve tried it on poly-blend trouser pants, heavier non-stretch denim (the first pair above) and knit fabric (here) and it has worked great on all of these.

Can you feel the little plastic stitch things when you wear?
Nope. Granted I haven’t used it on anything tight against my skin. I don’t know if a short fitted skirt or dress hem would be comfortable, but it works beautifully for pant hems.

How does it wash after hemming?
I’ve washed these Rag & Bone knit ‘jeans’ above a few times and the stitches have held well! I just need to put a iron to the fabric after washing for crisp folds. (I haven’t had an issue with these melting but don’t leave the iron on one spot for any long length of time as they are plastic.)

Fellow shorties…I hope this is helpful! I don’t know how else to say game-changer, so I’ll say it again about this little tool!



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