How to DIY a Step Hem

DIY Step Hem Tutorial

Step-hems are everything right now.  

From celebs to fashionistas and street-stylers EVERYONE is trying their hand at this cut, cut, snip style.

You may have spotted a step hem but wasn’t sure what it was called or heard the word tossed around on social media but was at a loss on how to get a piece of this trend.

No worries! I’m breaking it down step by step on exactly what a step hem is and how you can rock this trend with a quick DIY Step Hem Tutorial.

A step hem is a raw hem that is cut higher in the front than the back- Think of them as the mullet of denim cuts.

The best thing about step hems is that you can create one super easily yourself!

DIY Step Hem Tutorial

Here’s What You Need:

  • A Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or Chalk
  • Jeans

DIY Step Hem Tutorial

Step 1: Mark where you want the longest part of the step hem to land on your jeans- I like it to land right above my ankle. The easiest way is to put your jeans on and mark the length with a dot. After making the initial mark take the jeans off, and use the ruler to draw an even line all the way across where you are going to cut.

Step 2: Cut along the marked line across both the front and back of the jean (at the same time). Make sure you have some sharp scissors!

Step 3: Now measure up about 2 1/2 inches from the bottom of the front of the freshly cut jean and mark it. Do this on both edges just inside the seams.  Then draw a line connecting the two marks.

Step 4: Now, from the bottom cut up the inside of the seams to the mark then across the top and down the other side.  This will make a cut that resembles an upside down U.

Step 5: Repeat the process on other leg.

Step 6: Once your step hems are cut use your fingers to pull a few of the threads out to start the fray the bottom of the jeans and toss them in the washer. Keep in mind that the frayed part will just get better with every wash and wear! If white strings fall down just cut them off (or not..whatever you like!).  DIY distressed hems are all about personalization so however you feel like rockin’ it is cool.  There really isn’t a wrong way.

Stylist Tip:  If this is your first-time customizing a pair of jeans, I recommend practicing on an older pair first until you get the hang of it.

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44 Comments

  1. Oh I love playing with denim. It’s right that the frayed bit gets better with time.. I used to turn all my old jeans into shorts and after a few months, the frayed bit always looked better than when they were freshly cut 🙂

  2. This trend looks neat but I would be so nervous to actually try that on one of my jeans even if they were old lol. I would definitely buy them at the store though! Thank for sharing 🙂

  3. This is so cute and perfect for spring! I’m fairly petite and finding jeans that aren’t on the floor is really difficult but I also suck at sewing to hem my own pants. This is a great alternative. Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely trying it out! 🙂

  4. I love this look – I love a raw hem so this is really up my alley – it’s perfect for a laid back look but you could style this with anything

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