Now for the supplies and steps:
Sewing Machine (preferably with zipper foot, but not required)
Double sided Iron-on tape/adhesive (optional: see below)
Needle and thread (optional: see below)
Step One: Very IMPORTANT!! Wash jeans!
Step Two: Measure the height of the original hem. Save this measurement for later. (Mine was 1/2 inch)
Put on the jeans with the shoes you'd wear them with. Then fold the bottom hem up until you reach the desired length. Pin and measure this amount. (My cuff was 2 & 1/4 inches.) This measurement is from the bottom of the fold up to the very end of the jeans, which includes the original hem.
Then subtract the first measurement of your original hem. (Mine is: 2 & 1/4 - 1/2 = 1 & 3/4).
So now I pin my jeans to this length, as shown in the picture below:
Step Three: Sew! This is best done with a "zipper foot" on your machine, but I didn't have one and it worked just fine! If you have a zipper foot, place it as close to the original hem as possible and then stitch following around the leg.
Be sure NOT to sew over the original hem anywhere!
If you do not use a zipper foot, like me Do notice the placement of my sewing machine's foot. Seen above. It is on the original hem, so I had to be extra careful not to veer into it!
Step Four: Measure your excess cuff. If it is 3/4 of an inch or shorter, go to step 5.
If it is longer than 3/4 inch you have a choice...you can cut the inner excess cuff off, or you can tack it under.
A. First, if you choose to cut, measure and do not cut shorter than 1/2 inch. This allows for future fraying.
B. Tacking it: Place double sided iron-on adhesive between the excess cuff and the leg of the jeans. Like you are "taping" it inside. Then Iron as directed on its package. After ironing tack cuff, with a few hand stitches, to each of the pant leg seems. Both the inner and outer seem. Shown below:
Step Five: Finally, Iron the outside of the pant leg. Smoothing and flatening out the seem!