How to Shrink the Legs of Jeans

by Karen Curinga

Shrinking jean legs takes water and heat.

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You love your new jeans and the waist and rear fit fine, but you wish the legs on the jeans were a little slimmer. After all, the skinny leg jean is one of the more popular looks in fashion. If only there was a way to just shrink the legs. You are in luck, because there is a way to resolve the problem. Water and heat are an unbeatable combination when the goal is to encourage shrinkage.

Items you will need

  • Large cooking pot
  • Stove
  • Water
  • Sink with stopper
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
Step 1

Fill a large cooking pot with tap water. Set it on the stove and bring the water to a boil.

Step 2

Pour the boiling water into a sink with a closed sink stopper. The hotter the water, the more shrinkage occurs.

Step 3

Lower only the jean legs into the hot water, draping the waist and rear over the side of the sink or on the countertop next to the sink. Allow the jean legs to soak in the hot water for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Drain the cooled water from the sink. Squeeze excess water from the jean legs with your hands.

Step 5

Place the jeans in the dryer on the highest heat setting and dry until they are just damp. Remove the jeans from the dryer. Shrinkage of the jean's dry waist and rear should be minimal.

Step 6

Turn the jeans inside out and place them on an ironing board. Set the iron on the highest heat setting and turn the steam option on. Press the jean legs until they are completely dry for maximum shrinkage of the legs.

Tips

  • Check the label on the jeans to verify fabric contents. Jeans that are 100 percent cotton will likely shrink more than those that are a blend of Lycra and cotton.

Warnings

  • Take precautions transferring boiling water from the stove to your sink. Keep children away. To avoid burns from boiling water splashes during transfer to the sink, don't fill the pan to the brim with water.

    Some garments will shrink a little every time they are washed and dried in a dryer, depending on the quality of the fabric.

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