The raw hem jean trend is seriously the best thing that has ever happened to me. Between my short legs and looking for new ways to refresh old denim, being able to raw hem my own jeans has been a game changer.
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How many times have you purchased a new pair of jeans that were too long and you either A. kept forgetting to bring them to the tailor or B. never returned them, both situations ending with your jeans (most likely) collecting dust? As someone with legs that are short AF (here’s how I make them look longer), I know this story all too well. But thanks to the amazing trend of raw hem jean, my jeans are no longer collecting dust and jeans that I haven’t worn in months (even years!) are now getting all the TLC they deserve. I’m actually at the point that my friends poke fun at me for raw hemming all of my denim, but do you blame me? It’s looks so stinkin’ cute!
Itching to refresh your jeans with a raw hem? I promise it’s easy peasy!
What You’ll Need
- A pair of jeans (in this post, I’m wearing these Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans with a 28″ inseam)
- Scissors (fabric are ideal!)
- Marker/pen/chalk to mark
Once you have all of your supplies, including a pair of jeans (new or old!), it’s time to find the perfect length. With your typically skinny jean, I aim for a little above the ankle bone but since this pair fits straighter through the leg, I opted to go a tad shorter! To figure out where you want your jeans to hit and how much to cut off, I like to put on the pair of jeans and cuff up the bottoms to my desired length.
Time to Cut
Now that you have the perfect length, it’s time to cut your jeans! Carefully pull the jeans off with the cuffs in tack and mark the inside of the fold with your pen, marker, or chalk. This will help you know where to cut when you unfold the cuff. Also, this 100% goes without saying, but make sure you cut in a straight line (unless you want to do a different shape hem). Once I’ve cut one leg, I will fold the jeans the long way to match up the legs and use it as a template for the second leg.
Tip: If you’re nervous you’re going to cut them too short, do a little at a time! My first few pairs I made sure to cut them longer than I wanted and made adjustments as needed.
Once you’ve cut your jeans, put them back on (I know, I know), make sure you like the length of them, and make adjustments where they are necessary! After your jeans are the perfect length, wash and dry them to achieve the fraying at the hem. Once dried, you might have to cut a few pieces that are too long but they will be good to go!
Have you DIYed the raw hem on your jeans yet? Share your tips below!