How to Shrink Baggy Jeans

Updated February 16, 2017

Jeans shoppers know that denim brands differ with their sizing, fit and shape. In fact, it's difficult to find a pair of designer denim that fit perfectly off the rack. If you've purchased a pair of baggy jeans, you can shrink your denim without sending them to your neighbourhood tailor for alterations and resizing. For baggy jean wearers who need to shrink their trousers due to an unflattering fit, you can reshape your jeans to fit your size at home.

Begin with 100 per cent cotton jeans. According to the Ohio State University, "jeans made from polyester and cotton blends are more shrink resistant than 100% cotton jeans."

Pour water into a large tea kettle. Set the stove on a medium heat. Once you see the steam spewing from the teapot's mouth, take the kettle off the stove.

Put a large pot or a 15- to 20-quart mop pail on your kitchen counter or table. Place oven gloves on both hands. Begin pouring the how water into the pail. Pour the hot water away from the face slowly to avoid the water and steam from burning your skin.

Place your pair of baggy jeans in the bucket of hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Using a large towel and tongs, take out the baggy jeans from the pot or bucket. Using the towel, roll your baggy to rid your jeans of the water.

Place the baggy jeans in a dryer. Dry the jeans on high heat for 15 to 40 minutes.


If you own a pair of baggy jeans that are mixed with spandex, you can repeat this shrinking process three to four times to shrink your baggy jeans. Your baggy denim may loosen after each wearing. Repeat these shrinking steps after each wearing to alter the size of 100 per cent cotton denim.

Things You'll Need

  • Stove
  • Tea kettle
  • Hot water
  • Oven gloves
  • 15- or 20-quart bucket
  • Large pot
  • Tongs
  • Large bath towel
  • Clothes dryer
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Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.