Introduction

This guide will teach you how to downsize the waistband of a pair of jeans without sewing.

While wearing the jeans, pinch the excess fabric at the center of the backside of the waistband.
  • While wearing the jeans, pinch the excess fabric at the center of the backside of the waistband.

  • Ironing to remove jeans of all wrinkles can help measure the alteration more accurately.

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Keeping the excess fabric pinched, place two highlighter marks at the point where you with the waist to touch.
  • Keeping the excess fabric pinched, place two highlighter marks at the point where you with the waist to touch.

  • Once done, remove the jeans and lay them flat with the front side up.

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  • Locate the points on the seam directly below the two highlighter marks.

  • Using the seam ripper or a pair of scissors, break the two seams to loosen the lining along the fabric.

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  • Starting from where one of the seams is broken, cut up the waistband, stopping just before reaching the top.

  • Repeat this process for the other broken seam point.

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  • Measure and cut out a strip of elastic that is slightly smaller than the distance between the two cuts on the waistband.

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  • Attach a safety pin onto each end of the elastic strip. 

  • Using the safety pin, attach one end of the elastic strip to the waistband directly outside of one of the cuts.

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  • Slip the free end of the elastic strip into the nearest cut. 

  • Push the elastic strip along the waistband through the other cut using the safety pin as an aid.

  • You might need to cut out the tag if the safety pin cannot be pushed through. Cut the thread on both sides of the tag to remove the label.

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  • Similar to the process in step 6, attach the elastic strip just outside of the cut using the remaining safety pin.

  • Be careful not to stick the safety pin all the way through the jeans. The pin should only go through the inside layer of the waistband.

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  • Adjust the excess fabric until it is laying as flat as you can get it.

  • Double check that all the safety pins are properly closed.

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Conclusion

To change the size again you can use a looser or tighter elastic band. If a more permanent fix is required, sewing in place of the safety pins is a possible, but more challenging fix. Please note that because of where the cuts are made you will not be able to alter the size drastically the second time you alter them.

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