How to Cut Jeans

Jeans are durable, versatile, and the perfect wardrobe staple—but sometimes, you might want to add your own touch to them. For instance, if you love the look of cropped jeans, you can trim the hem of your pants to create a frayed look. You can also cut your jeans into shorts to make them into cutoffs that are perfect for the summertime. If you want to leave the length of your jeans the same, you can also try distressing them to give them a lived-in look.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Trimming the Hem of Your Jeans
Try on the jeans and mark the length you want them to be. Put on your jeans and look in the mirror to figure out the point where you want them to stop. Once you decide on the length, make a mark with a piece of chalk or a fabric marker where you want the hem of your jeans to stop.[1]
For a modern cropped look, try hemming them so they hit right at your ankle bone. However, you can cut them to any length you like, from mid-calf capris to barely grazing the floor, depending on the length you started with.
Keep in mind that unless you hem them, your jeans will fray somewhat after you cut them. If you plant to let them fray, you’ll actually need to cut about below the mark, so you may want to take that into account when you’re deciding on the length.
If you are planning to hem the jeans, leave an extra of length for the seams.
Take the jeans off and draw a line about below the mark. Lay the jeans flat in front of you, then use your chalk or fabric marker to draw a straight line just below the mark you made for the hem. By adding the extra length, the jeans will still be the length you want after they start to fray.[2]
Cut along the chalk line with sharp scissors. Use a sharp pair of fabric scissors and slowly cut along one of the chalk lines you drew. Cut through one leg at a time, as trying to cut through both legs at once will make it harder to get a perfectly straight line.[3]
Do not attempt to use dull scissors to cut denim. You’ll end up with a jagged, messy-looking hem.
If you’d like, after you cut the first leg, you can use the strip you removed as a template to ensure both legs are exactly the same length. Just line it up perfectly with the hem of the opposite leg, then cut along the top edge. If you’re concerned it will slip, you can pin it into place before you cut.
Create a step-up hem if you want your jeans to be a little shorter in the front. If you want to make your own step-up hem, lay the jeans flat again after you’ve finished cutting them. Draw a line about above the new hem, only on the front side of each leg. Cut up each side seam, then carefully cut along the new line you marked.[4]
This look combines the chic look of cropped jeans in the front with a flattering long line in the back.
Hem your jeans if you want to keep their storebought look. To hem your jeans, roll up the ends about 1-2 times, then sew the hem in place with a straight or zig-zag stitch. Sew all the way around both legs.[5]
Folding the hem twice will give you a neater edge. However, if your sewing machine isn’t made for heavy fabrics like denim, only fold the hem up once.
You can use thread that blends into the jeans or you can opt for a contrasting color, like yellow thread.
Try your pants on and check the length, adjusting if needed. Check the length of your jeans in the mirror. If they look how you wanted them to, great! If you need to take a little more off the length, repeat the process until you’re happy with the new style.[6]
If you cut your jeans too short and you don’t like how they look, consider making a pair of cutoffs instead!
Put your jeans in the washer to fray the hem. If you want your cropped pants to have more of a frayed edge, run them through your washing machine on cold, then hang them to dry. For super-frayed jeans, finish them in the dryer.[7]
If you don’t want your jeans to fray, hand wash them as needed and hang them to dry. Use scissors to trim the white threads as they unravel.[Edit]Creating Cut-Off Shorts
Choose jeans that are a little baggy in your legs. Jeans that are slim-fitting through your thighs will squeeze your legs awkwardly if you cut them into shorts. Look for a pair of jeans that fit you well at the waist and butt, then becomes more relaxed through the thighs. Straight-leg jeans, boyfriend cuts, and boxy high-waisted styles work well for this.[8]
If you’re in doubt, choose a pair of jeans that are about a size bigger than you normally wear.[9]
Jeans with little or no stretch will be more durable after you cut them.
Cut off the legs of your jeans so you have long shorts. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the legs of the pants off from about the knees down. The cuts don’t have to be perfect since you’ll be measuring the length later. This will just give you less material to work with, making the whole process a little easier.[10]
Put on your jeans and mark where you want the shorts to stop. While you’re wearing the long jean shorts, stand in front of a mirror and determine where you want them to stop. Use a fabric marker or a piece of chalk and mark the length near the outside seam.
If you want to cuff your jeans, leave about an extra of fabric at the ends.
Since the shorts will fray, it’s best to leave an extra or so on the length. Remember, it’s always better to leave them longer than to cut them too short, since you can always cut more later if you need to.[11]
Draw a new line so the inseam is longer than the outside. Take the jeans off and lay them flat, then look at the mark you just made. Imagine a straight line starting from the mark you made on the outside seam and going all the way across the jeans to the inseam. Measure down from the end of that line and make a small mark there. Then, draw a diagonal line from the new mark up to the original mark you drew at the outside seam.[12]
If you cut straight across your jeans, the end result will actually look uneven, and you could end up exposing a lot more skin than you meant to.[13]
Take off the jeans and carefully cut along one of the lines you marked. Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully cut along the diagonal line you drew. Try to keep your line as straight as possible.[14]
Using very sharp scissors will help keep you from having to stop and restart, which can result in jagged cuts.
Fold the jeans in half and cut the other leg to match. Once you’ve cut the first side, fold the jeans vertically along the crotch. Smooth the denim out as much as you can, then carefully cut along the bottom edge of the shorter side.[15]
This should ensure that your pant’s legs end up exactly the same length.
Cut small slits in the leg if the shorts are tight across your thighs. If the pants you chose weren’t baggy enough, you might notice that your new shorts seem tight in your thighs. If that happens, just make a slit along the outside seam on each leg. This will help create more of a baggy, relaxed look.[16]
Fold the jeans up and iron them if you want them to have a cuff. If you don’t want the frayed edge on your pants to show, turn up the hem twice, about each time. Press the shorts with an iron to help hold the cuff in place.[17]
For extra security, sew a single stitch through the outside edge of each cuff.
Wash and dry to create a frayed hem. If you want a distressed, aged cutoff look, toss your new jean shorts into the washing machine, then put them in the dryer. If they’re not frayed enough, wash and dry them one more time.[18]
The best way to get that lived-in look is to wear your shorts until they fray naturally![Edit]Distressing Your Jeans
Put on your jeans and use chalk to mark the areas you want to distress. The best way to see exactly where your distressing should fall is to examine your jeans while you’re wearing them. That way, you can see right where your knees hit, or the perfect spot for a big hole so you don’t accidentally show more skin than you intended.[19]
Popular spots for distressing include the knees, thighs, and back pockets of jeans.
Take off the jeans and put thick cardboard into the legs. Placing a thick piece of cardboard inside the legs of your jeans will keep you from cutting all the way through to the other side when you’re distressing them. If you don’t have any cardboard on hand, you could also use a rolled-up newspaper.[20]
Cut horizontal strips with a box cutter if you want to make a frayed hole. Many distressed jeans feature a square hole with white threads stretched across it. To make this, use a craft knife and carefully cut 2 strips, one on top of the other, about long and apart. Then, use tweezers to pick out all of the blue threads that run vertically along the strip that’s left in the middle between the slits. You’ll be left with white, horizontal threads.[21]
To make a bigger hole, add more strips, the same width apart. If you want the hole to look more natural, make the strips wider in the middle, then gradually shorter to the top and bottom, similar to the shape of a diamond.[22]
Rub sandpaper along the denim to get a soft, worn look. Sandpaper is a great way to instantly create authentic-looking aging on your jeans. Use a coarse sandpaper, like 36-grit, and rub vigorously over the area you want to distress.[23]
Try using sandpaper around the edges of some of your other distressing to make it look even more realistic!
Use a disposable razor to distress thicker areas. If you want to distress the pockets, waistband, or zipper of your jeans, take a regular safety razor, like the kind you use for shaving. Scrape the razor back and forth over the denim until you get the distressed look you’re going for.[24]
This will dull the razor blade, so don’t attempt to use it for shaving after you’re finished.
Pick at an area with a safety pin to make a small hole. If you want to add a subtle distressed touch to your jeans, take a safety pin and work it into the fibers. Pick them away with the tip of the pin until you create a small hole.[25]
This is a great way to add a subtle detail near a pocket or the waistband, for instance.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
[Edit]Trimming the Hem or Making Cutoffs
Chalk or fabric marker
Sharp scissors
Ruler (for shorts)
Pins (optional)
Iron (optional)[Edit]Distressing Your Jeans
Chalk
Thick cardboard or magazine
Craft knife (optional)
36-grit sandpaper (optional)
Disposable safety razor (optional)
Safety pin (optional)[Edit]References
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Today in History for 5th October 2019

Historical Events

1813 – Battle of Thames in Canada; Americans defeat British
1924 – 1st Little Orphan Annie-strip appears in NYC Daily News
1930 – Homecoming of the bodies of Swedish polar balloon expedition (1897) led by Salomon August Andrée
1942 – St Louis Cardinals win club’s 4th Baseball World Series; beat NY Yankees, 4-2 in Game 5 at Yankee Stadium for 4-1 series victory
1957 – Yugoslav dissident Milovan Djilos sentenced to 7 years
1991 – USSR reduces nuclear weapons arsenal

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Famous Birthdays

1808 – Winand Staring, Dutch geologist (Geology of Netherlands), born in Wildenborch, Vorden, Netherlands (d. 1877)
1920 – Robert Feenstra, Dutch law historian
1935 – Arlene Saunders, American soprano, born in Cleveland, Ohio
1947 – Brian Johnson, English singer-songwriter (AC/DC), born in Dunston, Gateshead
1963 – Laura Davies, British golfer (4 major titles; US Open 1987), born in Coventry, England
1970 – Thomas Randolph, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia

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Famous Deaths

1919 – Jean Louis Nicode, composer, dies at 66
1981 – Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), dies in a plane crash at 48
1986 – James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
2003 – Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1978)
2007 – Justin Tuveri, Italian veteran of the First World War (b. 1898)
2011 – Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist, dies at 89

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How to Go Green

Going green is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint and help the planet. Being green is all about reducing how many resources you use, reusing items when you can, and recycling items that can’t be reused. If you’re ready to go green, start by changing your personal habits and giving your home a green makeover. Additionally, change your habits at work and on the go to be as green as possible

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Changing Your Personal Habits
Carry a reusable water bottle so you will not need bottled water. While bottled water is convenient, it is also really bad for the environment. Not only does it create trash, but it also uses more resources because it’s shipped to the store. To be more eco-friendly, make it a habit to carry a reusable water bottle with you everywhere so that you can drink water on the go.[1]
Plastic bottles are usually the lightest and most convenient. Look for one that says it’s BPA free.
You can also find aluminum and glass water bottles that are a great option if you don’t like using plastic.
Use reusable bags while you’re shopping. Shopping bags make it easy to carry your items home, but they also pollute the planet. Skip the store’s shopping bags and bring your own instead. Use a backpack or tote that you already own, or purchase a couple of reusable bags from the checkout area at your local grocery store.[2]
You can use your reusable bags at most stores, including clothing or bookstores.
Keep your bags in your car so that it’s less likely you’ll forget them.
Reuse items to save them from the landfill. Before you throw something away, look for ways you might reuse it. Try re-purposing items or making green crafts. This will help you keep trash out of the landfill.[3]
For example, instead of throwing away a jar, you might use it as a glass, vase, or storage container.
Similarly, you could use a piece of cardboard to make a wreath.
You can find ideas for green crafts by searching online.
Reduce the amount of time you spend using electronics. While electronics are really fun and likely help you feel connected to your friends, they also use up a lot of energy. Schedule breaks from your electronics so you can use them less. During your breaks, do something fun like going for a walk, playing a game with your friends, or pursuing a hobby.[4]
Invite your friends to connect with you in real life. For instance, instead of playing online video games together, go to a local park.
Skip products that have a lot of packaging. Products that come with a lot of packaging are bad for the environment because the packaging is waste. Even if you recycle the package, it’s still an unnecessary waste of resources. Do your best to pick products that have as little packaging as possible. This can keep more trash out of landfills and save natural resources. [5]For example, let’s say you’re buying a notebook for school. If you’re choosing between a notebook that’s wrapped in plastic and one that isn’t, pick the unwrapped notebook.
Buy second-hand products or borrow items instead of buying them new. Buying stuff generates more waste and pollution, so try not to purchase things you don’t need. When you do need something, shop local thrift and second-hand shops or use online resale shops. If you can, borrow items that you don’t use often, like tools, from a friend or family member.[6]
To get stuff that’s new to you, organize a clothing, toy, or home items swap with your friends. For instance, you might host a neighborhood back-to-school clothing swap before you shop for school clothes.
Buy sustainable and ethical clothing when you need something new. You don’t have to sacrifice your sense of style to go green, but it’s best to avoid cheap, trendy clothing. Instead, buy clothes that are made well and will last you a while. Similarly, research the brands you buy to make sure the clothes aren’t made by underpaid, mistreated employees.[7]
Choose clothes that fit you well and look great on you. This way you’ll always be in style even if you aren’t following every trend.
You might spend more money on new items when you buy better clothes. However, this typically saves you money in the long-run because the clothes will last longer.[Edit]Creating a Green Home
Conserve electricity by turning off lights and unplugging electronics. Electricity is typically generated by burning fossil fuels or using other natural resources. To help protect the planet, cut down on how much electricity you’re using. Here are some tricks to keep your electricity use low:[8]
Turn off lights when you leave a room.
Take advantage of natural lighting from windows during the daytime.
Unplug electronics when you aren’t using them.
Wash your clothes on the cold setting so you don’t use energy to heat the water.
Change your light bulbs to energy-efficient light bulbs, such as compact fluorescent light (CFL) or light-emitting diodes (LED).
Set your thermostat a few degrees higher during summer and a few degrees lower in winter. Then, wear less clothing if you’re feeling hot or more clothing if you’re cold. This can save electricity and cut down on your heating or cooling costs.
Cut down on your water use. The Earth has a limited amount of freshwater, so it’s important to conserve it. Change your household habits to reduce how much water you’re using. Here are some great options:[9]
Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or doing the dishes.
Take short showers instead of baths.
Use a bucket to catch water in the shower so you can use it in your garden.
Run your dishwasher only when it’s full.
Avoid using sprinklers in your yard.
Plant drought-resistant and native plants in your garden so they require less water.
Line dry your clothing instead of using a dryer. While dryers are super convenient, they also use a lot of electricity. Instead, hang dry your clothing on a line or a drying rack. This can save you energy and money. [10]If the weather is nice, hang your clothes up outside.
If the weather is poor, use an indoor drying rack to dry your clothes.
Make your own cleaning supplies. Commercial cleaning products often contain harsh chemicals and come in bottles that you’ll likely end up recycling or throwing away. On the other hand, using homemade cleaning products helps you keep your home safer and helps keep trash out of the landfills. Use white vinegar, baking soda, and lemons to clean your home.[11]
For instance, you can use white vinegar with a spritz of lemon as an all-purpose cleaner. If you like, add a few drops of essential oil to make it smell better.
Similarly, you can scrub your bathroom and kitchen counters using a paste of baking soda and warm water.[12]
Eat less meat because it takes more resources to raise. Raising animals for food requires feed, water, land, and transportation. When you add up these resources, animal products put a lot more strain on the planet than plant foods. To reduce your footprint, eat more vegetarian meals.[13]
If you eat a lot of meat, try doing a meatless Monday. Then, slowly introduce more meatless meals into your life.
Buy whole foods to avoid creating extra trash. Packaged foods will add to your recycling or trash, so do your best to avoid buying them. Instead, stick to fresh produce, which doesn’t create extra trash.[14]
Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal cans. Recycling can help you keep items out of landfills. Additionally, it can help save natural resources. Participate in your local recycling programs. For example, you can typically recycle the following:[15]
Most paper can be recycled, including printer paper, magazines, newspapers, and junk mail.
You can recycle most cardboard, such as pizza boxes, egg cartons, milk cartons, and juice cartons. Flatten out cardboard boxes before you recycle them.
Plastic bottles and containers like those that contain dishwashing liquid, bleach, soap, milk, and condiments are typically recyclable, but rinse them out first.
Metal cans like soda cans, tuna cans, and soup cans can be recycled if you rinse them first.
Glass bottles and jars can usually be recycled but check the policies for your local facility. Additionally, rinse them out first.
When your electronics die, take them to a local recycling center.
Compost organic waste like uneaten food or produce skins. Composting lets you turn your old food scraps into food for plants. You can use your compost to fertilize your garden or spread it around vegetation near your home. To do composting, put your food scraps into a compost bin or a pile in your yard.[16]
You can buy a compost bin to you use in your home online. Often, it will contain dirt and worms to help you get your compost going.
If you have a yard, consider creating a compost corner where you can throw out your scraps. This is an easy way to start composting.[Edit]Being Green at Work
Limit your use of paper. Communicate digitally whenever possible, and only print out items when you absolutely must. Talk to your coworkers and employer to change the way your office handles meetings and team projects so that you don’t need to print out as much stuff.[17]
When you do use paper, recycle it or save it to reuse the other side of it.
Choose office products that are made from recycled materials. When you need to buy items for your office, check that they’re made from recycled materials. This includes items like paper, folders, pencils, pens, desk supplies, and furniture. Buying recycled items can help save the Earth’s resources.[18]
Try to use second-hand products or to share whenever possible. For example, don’t buy a new stapler if there’s a used one in the supply closet.
Start an office recycling program. Talk to your boss or human resources about getting recycling bins for the break room or copy room. Then, place your recyclable items in the bins so you create less trash.[19]
If your company doesn’t want to pay for recycling, you might start a recycling team to help take items to the local recycling center.
Ask your boss if you can work from home to use fewer resources. Working from home saves energy because you don’t have to commute and you don’t use your office space. Similarly, it can reduce the overhead of your company if you do it for the long-term. Talk to your boss about working from home to see if it’s an option for you.[20]
Offer to use video calling to stay in touch with coworkers and to go into the office when you need to go to a meeting in person.[Edit]Staying Green on the Move
Walk or bike places if you live close enough. Cars use up a lot of gas, so they’re not a friend to the environment. Walking or biking instead of using a car is a great way to save natural resources while saving you money. When possible, walk or bike to work, school, or shops.[21]
If it’s unsafe for you to travel on foot or bike, don’t put your safety at risk.
Use public transportation to travel long distances. Public transportation is a great way to travel because it moves to multiple people at once. Take the bus when you can to conserve gas. To make it more fun, read, watch a movie on your phone, or make a small craft while you ride.[22]
It might take some time to learn your city’s public transportation system. Try riding it on your off days first.
If your city doesn’t have public transportation, this may not be an option for you.
Join a carpool to save gas during your commute. You can save gas while getting to school or work by being part of a carpool. Ask your coworkers or people at your school about a carpool you can join. If you can’t find one, start your own by partnering with coworkers or classmates who live near you.[23]
You can take turns driving everyone to work or school, or you can all contribute money to buy gas for the person who drives.
Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle if you need a car to get around. In some areas, the only way to get from place to place is to use a car. In that case, look for a car that gets good gas mileage. Choose an electric or hybrid car to help you do more to save resources and help the environment. Additionally, drive your car as little as possible.[24]
When you buy a car, ask how many miles it gets for each gallon of gas. Then, compare the mileage for the cars you’re considering to pick the one with the best mileage.[Edit]Related wikiHows
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