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Making Clothes Last {Jeans}

Are they ever going to stop?! Growing, that is.
In the last 6 weeks Dakota has grown another 1/2" and Aiyanna has grown another 1".
Seriously, do your kids grow this fast??? I know they are tall for their age but geesh!!!
Since they  seem to grow non-stop they are constantly growing out of their clothes non-stop.
NOT good for the wallet so I am always trying to find ways to make their clothes last a little longer. That is sooooo much easier to do with girls clothes, add a ruffle or lace to the bottom and your good to go. For boys not so easy. Since winter is over and he has jeans that are to short yet fit in the waist I decided to turn them into jean shorts. Now he can get some more wear out of his jeans and I can save some money (always a good thing!)

I took pictures of the process so I could share them with you!

Supplies Needed:
  • Jeans Thread
  • Jeans Sewing Needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Sewing Machine

Grab a pair of shorts you like the length of and measure the inseam (crotch to hem).
To that number add 1.5" for hem allowance. So if the inseam is 11" your total would be 12'5"

Grab the jeans and cut at the measurement you just calculated.

Now cut the other leg.

Fold up the hem 3/4" and then another 3/4". Press.

Now it's time to sew.  Make sure to change your needle to a jeans needle! The eye of the needle is larger which is needed for the jeans thread. Jeans thread is thicker than regular thread and comes in different colors. I have it in white, black, denim, and golden. Make sure to use the color thread that matches the thread on the jeans.

Another thing I do when hemming jeans is set the tension looser and make the stitch length a little longer. It helps keep the thread from breaking.

That's it. It was totally worth the 10 minutes to save some $$.


elizabeth said...

I feel the same way about my group. Things that fit in May, suddendly don't...and I need to get on your bandwagon. My repurposing pile is huge.

Julie said...

They look great! Thanks for sharing this. I've been wanting to do this but wasn't really sure HOW!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing the differences for hemming denim. I had no idea you needed a special needle. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

~Beth D. said...

I do this when my son gets hand-me-downs with holes in them. My sister thinks I'm crazy, but it saves me so much money and only takes a bit of time. Much better than shopping anyway!