Do It Yourself Alterations for Jeans to Add Flare

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Do It Yourself Alterations for Jeans to Add Flare
You can save money by adding flare to your jeans at home instead of buying flared designer jeans. (Hundred dollar bank note in the jeans pocket image by Elnur from

Flared jeans, popular in the 1970s, are making a comeback. You do not have to invest in flared designer jeans, because you can save money by altering an old pair of jeans to add flare. The easiest way to add flare to your jeans requires finishing the raw edges before sewing the pieces together. The finished edges allow you to sew the extra fabric in place using a straight stitch, and by following these steps, you avoid having to manoeuvre around tricky joined seams.

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Things you need

  • Seam ripper
  • Ruler or yardstick
  • Denim sewing machine needle
  • 4 denim fabric triangles, size 4-inch base and 13-inch height
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins

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  1. 1

    Turn the jeans inside out.

  2. 2

    Open the leg seams using the seam ripper, beginning at the ankles and going 14 inches up the legs. Dig the pointed end of the ripper just under the threads to cut every third stitch, being careful not to damage the denim. The pieces will come open when the threads have been cut. Pick the loose threads out using your fingertips.

    Do It Yourself Alterations for Jeans to Add Flare
    Flared jeans at the beach (legs and jeans image by Paul Retherford from
  3. 3

    Put a new denim needle in the sewing machine. Set the sewing machine on a zigzag or blanket stitch, and sew around the raw edges of the fabric triangles.

  4. 4

    Fold the bottom edge of the triangles under 1/2 inch, and pin the folds in place. Set the sewing machine on a straight stitch, and sew across the folded 4-inch bottoms of the triangles.

  5. 5

    Position the triangles in the opening on the pant legs with the right sides of the fabric together, aligning the hem of the jeans with the hem of the triangles. Pin the one side of each triangle in place.

  6. 6

    Sew the triangle to the jeans, using a straight stitch and a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  7. 7

    Pin the other side of the pant leg to the fabric triangle with the right sides together, and close the seam using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn the jeans right side out after all of the triangles are sewn. Close the opening at the top of the triangles by sewing the seams closed, using a straight stitch.

Tips and warnings

  • If a seam is flat-felled, it will have two rows of stitches on the outside of the fabric, and it will have an obvious upper and lower side when it is opened. Pin the triangle to the lower side of a flat-felled seam. The opening in the pant leg will extend slightly higher than the triangle.

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