How to do turn-ups on your jeans

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How to do turn-ups on your jeans
Turned-up jeans can be the perfect finishing touch for a casual outfit. (Jeremy Maude/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Turning up your jeans can be an easy way to make a fairly plain outfit look more interesting. You can use this method to show off a favourite pair of colourful socks or make the jeans more comfortable to wear with knee-height boots. Turn-ups only work on jeans with a straight leg, since any other leg shape will make the turn-up uneven in one way or another. Depending on how far you turn up your jeans, the turn-up may hold on its own or you may need to keep it in place with a few hidden stitches.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Put on your jeans and stand in front of a floor-length mirror to determine how far you want to turn up your jeans. If you want to turn up your jeans more than a few centimetres and the result needs to be very precise, enlist the help of a friend or family member to mark the spot you want the turn-up to reach with a safety pin or fabric pencil.

  2. 2

    Take the jeans off and lay them on a table or other flat surface, such as your bed. Hold the hem of the right leg with both hands and turn it up evenly.

  3. 3

    Insert both hands into the leg opening and gently widen it to ensure the denim is not bunched anywhere. Check that the turn up is straight and even, using the seams on either side of the leg as a guideline, and adjust it if necessary.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process on the hem of the left leg, ensuring the two turn-ups are identical.

  5. 5

    Continue turning up the hems in this manner, alternating the right and left leg to ensure the turn-ups remain identical, until you have reached the desired height.

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