How to Lengthen Pants That Are Too Short

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Don’t you hate it when pants shrink after washing and now you’ve got more ankle showing than you wanted? Or you may simply have growing kids. The pants that you bought a little long at the start of the school year are now looking more like capris. You hate to have to donate good pants to the charity thrift store when there is still good wear left in them. You can save a too-short pair of pants with one of these simple fixes below.

Add a Cuff to the Pants

When you don’t have enough hem to let down, you can lengthen your pants by adding a fabric cuff to the bottom. Dig through your fabric stash for a piece of fabric, ruffle or lace that you can sew onto the bottom of each leg to create a cuff: This is a fun and stylish option and can work for jeans or for dress pants.


Add More Fabric Mid-Leg

Similar to adding a cuff, you can add a section of fabric in the middle of the upper or lower leg, or even at the knees. Cut part of the pants legs off. Sew in a new section with a coordinating fabric. Then, stitch the rest of the pants legs back on. Voila. Longer pants!

You can either try to match the fabric, such as denim for jeans or use a completely different inset for color or style. Your kid may even become a trendsetter with this look at the school. You will probably get the best life out of the patch by matching similar weight and construction of the fabric. Otherwise, the fabrics may not launder as well together, wrinkling and pulling at the stitching.


Turn Them into Capris

Give in to your highwater pants and turn them into capris or shorts of the length you like best. If you can roll them up and cuff them, you might stitch the cuff in place so you don’t have to do it every time. For a permanent solution, cut a few more inches off of your pants and hem them into capris or shorts.

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