Friday, April 27, 2018

How to Hand-Sew a Blind Hem Stitch to Create Cuffed Shorts

I recently shared how I made cutoff shorts with lace accents. Today, I'm sharing easy cuffed shorts made from cutoff jeans. I used a blind hemstitch to create the cuff without a visible seam. Sure, you could just roll them up, but then they come unrolled in the wash and fray unevenly. 

If you want to keep your cuffed shorts from unrolling, this is how to do it. You guys, I have VIDEO to show you how to do the stitch!! {Keep reading to the end of the post}

cuffed shorts using a blind hem stitch

You can do a lot of fun things with cuffed shorts. I've made ricrac and button cutoffs and painted cuffed shorts. Type shorts into the search bar on the right to see all the different cutoff shorts I've shared.

How to Hand-Sew a Blind Hem Stitch

cuffed shorts made with a blind hem stitch

Let's get started:
You will need:
  • pants
  • scissors
  • needle
  • thread

cutting pants for cuffed shorts

Begin by cutting off the pants two inches longer than the desired length. I usually have my kids put the pants on, and snip a small hole at the place I want to cut. Then once the pants are off, I use that as my guide and cut them in a straight line.

cutoff shorts - how to make the legs the same length

I have a easy tip for making sure each leg of the shorts are the same length. 

Fold the pants in half and use the shortened pant leg as a guide to cut the second leg the exact same length. 

shorts rolled up about 1 inch

Fold the shorts up about an inch.

2nd roll on cuffed shorts

 Fold up one more time and pin in place.

How to Blind Hem Stitch by Hand

Now it's time to hem the cuff in place. I use a blind hem stitch to do this. I use this same stitch when I hem dress pants that are too long - I turn the pants inside out first and then fold the cuff, press in place and stitch.

This stitch is pretty easy, but hard to explain so I created a short video to show you how.

↓↓↓ Click the link below to watch the video ↓↓↓

Don't forget to pin it!

cuffed shorts made with a blind hem stitch


  1. Hi, is there a link for the video? I can't seem to find it! Sorry if I am blind and it's here somewhere!

    1. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I had embedded the video, but I have also now included a link to the video. It's at the very end of the post right before the last image.