Jeans Don't Fit Anymore? 6 Hacks to Stretch and Shrink Your Denim
Jeans can be very fickle creatures: They're all cut differently, even when you buy them from the same brand; the wash changes the sizing; and depending on how you care for them, they fit differently every time you put them on. Because of all that, sometimes, sadly, your old favourites just don't fit right anymore.
We've all been there, and it can be super frustrating. Either the denim has become extremely stretched out, and the jeans are way too big, or it has shrunk down to a microscopic version of its former self, and you can barely squeeze into them. Either way, it's a total bummer.
Luckily, there are actually some very reliable fixes for the common denim dilemma. Armed with these six clever hacks, you'll be able to fix your denim in a pinch.
Keep scrolling for six handy tips on how to deal when your jeans don't fit anymore.
If it's the waistband of your jeans that is a little too loose, try this handy trick: Sew a six-inch piece of elastic from a fabric store into the inside of your waistband on the back. Follow this useful guide to the proper sewing technique, and watch the magic unfold.
This trick is the easiest way to try to stretch out a pair of jeans that shrunk down. Spray them with lukewarm water, and then lay the jeans out on the floor. Stand on each leg of the jeans, bend down, and use your hands to manually pull and stretch the jeans while they are wet. Feel free to pull them in any and all directions, reapplying the lukewarm water as needed.
This technique is a bit more advanced, but it's great if you want to get crafty. Rip the side seams of your jeans about two to three inches down, and then cut the waistband at the same place. You'll then add a separate piece of denim (or some other material like leather) to expand the waist of your jeans. (This picture guide shows the process step by step!)
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This post has been updated by Nicole Akhtarzad.