How To Hem Flared Jeans?

Flared jeans are a fashion trend that continues to make a statement season after season. Whether you are wearing jeans for a night out or just to run errands, hemming them yourself can be a great way to save money and get the perfect fit.

Hemming flared jeans is a simple task that can be done with just a few supplies and no prior experience. In this article, we will help you to know how to hem flared jeans.

Flared jeans are easily recognizable by their distinctive bell-bottom shape and timeless style. They have been a staple of fashion for decades, with no signs of going out of style anytime soon.

Flared jeans can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion as they are like skinny jeans and the wearer’s individual sense of style. You can make your look impressive by wearing shoes having high-heel.

Bell bottoms, boot cuts jeans or pants and wide-leg styles of flared jeans all require proper hemming for the most flattering fit. For bell bottoms, you will want to create a slight flare at the hem.

When it comes to boot cuts and wide-leg jeans, you will want less of a noticeable flare starting at the knee down. You can easily hem jeans with the original look with the help of a denim needle.

How To Hem Flared Jeans?

How To Hem Flared Jeans

Materials Needed:

  • Flared Jeans
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sewing Pins
  • Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Step 1: Try On The Jeans And Decide On The Length

Once you have the jeans on, stand in front of a mirror and decide how long or short you want your pants to be. You may want them to be ankle length, mid-calf length, or even cropped above the ankles.

Look at what kind of footwear you plan on wearing with these jeans. If you plan on wearing boots with them, then it’s best to leave some extra material so that the pant hem does not peak out from under the boot.

Use a measuring tape to measure the distance from the bottom of the pant leg to the desired length. Mark this spot on both pant legs using a sewing pin or chalk. 

Step 2: Cut The Jeans To Length

Remove the jeans and lay them flat on a table or cutting board. Use a pair of scissors to cut the jeans along the marked spot on both pant legs.

Make sure to cut the jeans evenly and straight. Make sure to keep your scissors at a 90-degree angle with each leg for an even hemline.

Cutting too much fabric off will leave you with pants that are too short; it’s better to err on the side of caution and keep them slightly longer than needed if unsure about how long they should be.

Step 3: Fold The Hem

Fold the hem of each pant leg up by ½ inch and then fold again by another ½ inch. Use sewing pins to secure the folded hem in place. Make sure the pins are evenly spaced and that the hem is folded evenly on both pant legs.

To create an even hem, pull down gently on the denim fabric until it’s taut and then make a reference line with chalk or a tailor’s marking pen. Make sure both pant legs are even or have a symmetrical difference in lengths if that is your desired look.

Step 4: Iron The Hem

Use an iron to press the folded hem flat. This will help the hem stay in place while sewing and create a crisp, clean edge.

Step 5: Sew The Hem

Using a sewing machine or denim needle and thread, sew a straight line stitch along the folded hem, removing the sewing pins as you go. Sew the side seams with a seam ripper. Make sure to sew as close to the edge of the folded hem as possible. If you’re using a sewing machine, make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the hem to secure the stitches in place.

Step 6: Trim Excess Thread

Trim any excess thread or excess fabric from the hem using a pair of scissors. It will give jeans a neat and impressive look.

Step 7: Press the Hem

Use an iron to press the hem flat again, this time on the right side of the fabric. This will help create a crisp, clean look to the hem.

Step 8: Finish the Hem

If you want to create a professional-looking finish to your hem, you can use a zigzag stitch or a serger to finish the raw edge of the hem. This will prevent fraying and give your hem a neat, polished look.


When cutting the jeans, make sure to cut off only the necessary amount of fabric. It’s better to cut off a little bit at a time rather than cutting too much and having to start over.

Make sure to measure and mark the length of both pant legs to ensure they are even.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hem your jeans by hand using a needle and thread. Simply sew a straight stitch along the folded hem, making sure to secure the stitches in place.

Be careful when using scissors and make sure to cut only the pant leg and not any other fabric or threads.

Hemming flared jeans can be a simple DIY project that can save you money and give your jeans a custom fit. With a few basic tools and a little bit of patience, you can hem your flared jeans to the perfect length and create a polished, professional-looking finish.


In conclusion, hemming flared jeans is a great way to update an old pair of jeans or create a stylish look. With the right tools, like a ruler, fabric scissors, tailor’s chalk and pins, it is easy to have your own hemmed flared jeans in no time.

Don’t forget to measure twice and cut once! When you are done, step back and admire your work. You will be sure to show off your amazing new hemmed flared jeans with pride.


Rita Wood is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fashiontrack.net, a style blog helping women develop their own fashion sense. After working 10 years in the fashion industry, Rita combined her passion for writing and fashion to create Fashiontrack in 2022. When she's not blogging, Rita is chasing after her two young daughters, binge-watching runway shows, or searching for the perfect pair of jeans.

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