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How to Stretch Jeans – Simple Steps for Freeing Up Some Room

Stretching jeans is something that we all may have to do at some point in our denim lives. Yet no matter how many jeans I’ve stretched out over the years and learned a few tricks along the way. Below, I walk you through the best ways to stretch out your jeans.

Ready? Let’s go!

 How to Stretch Your Jeans

Stretch Your Jeans

Stretch Your Jean’s Waist – How to Make Jeans Waist Bigger

Extending the waist of your jeans is something that most of us are familiar with. Here is how you can solve that problem simply and quickly.

Here is DenimBlog’s 3 step process – water, wearing and stretching.

  • 1. Water Make the jeans damp, especially in the areas that need to be stretched. This is easy to do, just put water on them from the tap or you can give them a good soak with water in a spray bottle. I find warm water is better because it’s not such a shock to your skin. I don’t think anyone would really like walking/sitting around in cold and wet jeans.
  • 2. Wear After you have made your jeans wet, put them on. You will need to wear them around a lot, do lunges and squats, anything you can do to make the denim stretch. I must admit, to an outsider, the poses and techniques would look very weird! But it works. Obviously, if you have a delicate denim which is quite thin, be very careful when doing the lunges and squats, you don’t want to rip the fabric. If you want the waist stretched out, you can pull at it and tug it a lot when it’s wet, also, I used to put other items like small bottles or anything I could fit in between the waist of my jeans and my hips, this would help it stretch out more.
  • 3. Stretch This method works the best when you have 100% cotton jeans or a mix of cotton/elastane jeans. It can be quite tricky to do this with poly blends and other different materials. You should leave your jeans on you, after all the stretching, until they dry. This will ensure that the denim will dry around your body instead of shrinking and drying when it’s off your body. Once you take them off you should have some luck with them being bigger than they were before you started.
  • 👍 Rule of Thumb Jeans that used to fit perfectly can be saved with a little water and a little work!

    How to Stretch Jeans Calves

    Your waist isn’t the only culprit when you jeans have gotten to tight. If you have large calves, finding a good fit can be impossible.

    Stretch the denim around your calves

    You can do this by wearing the jeans while wet or finding something (think bowling pin) slightly larger than your leg and putting it inside the wet pant leg. Both methods work, though only one is a work out.

    How to Stretch Jeans Length

    Another class problem for taller people, how do I make my jeans longer? If your inseam is longer that 32″ then you know what I’m talking about.

    Since denim is such a durable and moldable fabric, you’re in luck. While your jeans are wet, simply grab them by the waist and cuff and then pull apart quickly with some force. Repeat this at least 5 times, then dry.

     Stitching Your Jeans

    Stitching Your Jeans

    How To Make Jeans Bigger with Sewing

    I also recommend the stretching method, since it requires no skill and just a set of hands. For more adventurous denim wearers, the following idea might be a little more interesting. Consider yourself warned!!

    The basic idea is that you split the waistband of the jeans, inserting another piece of fabric into the split. The process itself is a little more involved than this article, so check the link below if you’re interested.

    Extend Your Waistband Tutorial

    Wrapping Up on Stretching your Jeans

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