Welcome to another Guest Post Thursday! Before I introduce my guest, I wanted to thank everyone who entered in the Fall Bag Giveaway! I will announce the winner tomorrow morning.
Today, my dear friend Shannon (who is one of the craftiest people I know) is here to share with us a very cute way to extend the life of some blue jeans.
Look, there is a measurement, AHA! The two hems reduced my cuff to three inches wide. I wasn't too persnickety about how big either hem was, as only one will actually show when you are through.
**So now that both sides are hemmed, don't forget to repeat this same process for the other piece of fabric. Two pant legs, two cuffs. **
Next, I ran a basting stitch down one side of each cuff so that I could create gathers and my cuff took form. **Make sure to tie off one end of your basting stitch so you don't lose your gathers and also so you can adjust them as you see fit. **
Isn't it cute? Now, the gathers of the cuff is what makes this such a forgiving project. I started at the inside seam of the jeans leg hem and pinned the cuff along the edge of the hem all the way around to get a proper fit of the cuff to the hem of the jeans. **This is where the forgiveness comes in. If the cuff isn't long enough, let out some gathers. If the cuff is too long, gather more or cut off your excess. You choose. **
So the cuff is properly fit to the hem of the jeans. The two raw edges of the cuff were together at the inside seam of the jeans. I brought them together and pinned them where I would seam them together. **Make sure you line them up where you want them now. You will be removing the cuff to stitch that seam in place before you stitch the cuff to the jeans. This may seam like a bit of work, but you get a better fit and finished look to the jeans if you fit and pin BEFORE you stitch (measure twice and cut once as my grandfather always used to say). DON"T FORGET to do this to both jean legs.**