DIY Step Hem Jeans

One of the trends that I am loving this spring season is the variation in hems. I love the look of a raw hem (makes it easier to actually hem jeans, doesn’t it?!).

I also love the step hem (shorter in the front, longer in the back. Similar to a mullet, if you will!). While I feel like this particular hem is more on the trendy side, and may be something that won’t be around in the next year or two (I could be wrong!) I still enjoy it!

I did try to do some research and the only jeans I found with a step hem were pretty pricey. Since to me this is a trendier item I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. That’s when I figured I would DIY my own!

I snagged this pair from Old Navy (again, didn’t want to spend a lot on a particularly trendy piece) and grabbed the scissors!

If you follow my on instagram you may have seen my instastories when I cut my favorite Levi’s into a step hem. I did well, after I realized I cut the one leg backwards. LOL. Only me, guys….only me.

If this is something I can do, so can you! Here we go!


Old Navy Jeans


When I did my Levi’s a couple of months ago, and with these Old Navy ones, I found it easiest to use a pair of jeans that had a good length as a gauge for the length. I have another pair of Old Navy jeans that are the perfect length on me, so I used those!

~Line up the inseam of your jeans with the desired length with the jeans you are altering. Make sure the inseam is lined up perfectly. I typically start at the crotch to make sure it’s lined up well. 

~If you don’t have a pair of jeans with length you’d like to use, I suggest putting the jeans on and making a mark with a marker or a pair of scissors.


~Cut your jeans to match your desired length. Be careful not to nip the jeans you don’t want to cut! 

~Make sure you have a steady hand! If you don’t trust yourself, I suggest making “where to cut” marks on the jeans when you are in Step 1 as a guide. 

Me? I just did it free hand…kind of worked out, kind of didn’t! HA!


~For this step, you can modify based on what you want, but I measured about an inch-ish for the front part of the jeans, or the top layer. ***make sure you aren’t cutting the bottom part of the hem as well, otherwise you won’t have a step hem.

~Ultimately, I ended up having the front part cut more than an inch. I figured it was best to start small and cut more as needed. You can’t uncut!


~Line up your already cut leg with the one that has not been cut yet to cute the longer hem (the one in the back). It’s important to make sure the inseam is lined up correctly, otherwise one leg will be shorter than the other (believe me…I may or may not know from experience). 


~For this step, I folded back the longer part of them hem, (making sure the legs were still lined up) to cut the front part of the hem. Does that even make sense?! HA!


There was definitely some tweaking that I had to do throughout the process.

~If you are more of a “buy the numbers” type of person I would suggest measuring and marking as you go along that way you get a more precise measurement and cut.

~If you are more like me and more of a “let’s wing it!” type of person, I think you would be ok using another pair of jeans, and then the one already cut leg of the jeans to make the cut (again….am I even making sense?!?)

~Take your time! There is no rush, so just take it easy!

~If you are unsure, cut little by little. Like I said, you obviously can’t uncut, so it’s easier to just cut small at first.




  1. Kristen -
    March 29, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Love this look so much! I'll be trying it. Thanks for your instructions!

  2. Madeline Elizabeth
    March 29, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    love the easy DIY – then you can actually choose how the denim fits. I may have to try this!xo, Maddy

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