Altering Pants Into Capris

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July 1, 2014

pants before alterationsI had a pair of casual pants with legs that were too wide and out of style. The pants were almost brand new because I would keep thinking I would wear them, but never did. I decided that they would be perfect for cutting down for capris. You can do this project alone, but it does help to have someone assist with the measuring.


Total Time: 1.5 hours


  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • matching thread
  • pins
  • sewing machine


  1. First, I measured a couple of pairs of capris that I have to get a general idea of how long they were in the inseam.
  2. Next, I measured the remaining length. I needed to cut off 12 inches to get the length I wanted after hemming.
  3. measuring amount to cut off
  4. Using a ruler I made marks on the wrong side of the legs at 12 inches.
  5. marking cutting line
    pen dashes marking line
  6. I connected the marks to create a cutting line.
  7. connecting dashes for cutting line
  8. I cut up the side seam and then cut off the pant legs.
  9. cutting up the leg along the side seam
    cutting off bottom of pant leg
    cut leg

  10. I tried the pants back on and we turned them up and pinned for the finished length.
  11. pinning up final leg length
  12. I needed to turn up 2.5 inches to get the desired length. I first turned up 1.25 inches and pinned it. Then I turned up the second 1.25 inches removing pins and repinning as I went.
  13. measuring for first turn of hem
    pinning up first turn
    measuring and pinning up second turn of hemline
  14. Finally, I sewed two parallel stitched lines to finish the hem edge. You can finish any way you like.
  15. stitching on machine
    closeup of finished capris

  16. Here they are, ready to wear.
  17. finished capris
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December 15, 2014

You can easily transform a pair of pants that have frayed bottoms into a new pair of capris! Follow the directions in this video to lean how.

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