Make Your Own Jeans
Follow these simple steps to make the most comfortable pair of custom jeans you’ve ever owned.
Step One – Measure Yourself
Before you can make your own jeans, you’ll need to snag a few measurements. This will help you pick a pattern and buy the right amount of fabric. It will also come in handy to have these measurements available when you’re ready to make custom fit adjustments.
Not sure how to measure? Watch the video
Measurements You’ll Need:
- Waist – The narrowest part of the waistline
- High Hip – Around hip bones where a traditional waistband would sit at midrise
- Full Hip – The fullest part of the hip (usually around the booty)
- Thigh – Midpoint between crotch and knee
- Knee – The center of the kneecap
- Calf – The widest part of the lower leg
- Inseam – Vertical distance from the midpoint of the crotch to the bottom of the ball of the ankle
Step Two – Pick a Pattern
As with any other sewing project, if you want to make your own jeans you will absolutely want to choose a well-drafted pattern with clear instructions. To get the perfect fit, choose from our selection of jean patterns below. Each pattern includes crystal-clear video instructions, custom fit alteration tutorials, and sizes misses 00- plus 36.
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Bespoke Jean PDF Sewing Pattern Bundle$43.99 Add to cart
The Walker Shorts PDF Sewing Pattern – Misses and Plus$12.99 Add to cart
The Bravado Bootleg + Flood Jeans PDF Sewing Pattern – Misses and Plus$12.99 Add to cart
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Step Three – Purchase Fabric and Hardware
A big difference between store bought jeans and typical “homemade jeans” is in the materials. Even with a perfect pattern, the jeans you make will never feel like designer quality if you are using poor materials. If you want to use the same denim the big brands use on designer jeans check out the jean material kits below. Snag your denim, rivets, tack buttons, zippers and leather patches in one place. Make jeans worth $200 for less than $40 a pair!
Things to Look for in Your Supplies:
- Stretch Percentage – This is the amount that you can stretch your fabric, NOT the percentage of elastic or spandex in your fabric. So if you have 4″ of fabric and it can stretch out to 6″, that fabric has 50% stretch. Likewise, if it can stretch to 5″ you have 25% stretch. When you are shopping for denim to make your own jeans, look for a minimum of 30% horizontal stretch (2-way). 25% CAN work but the comfort level just isn’t as great as 30% for tight fitting women’s jeans.
- Recovery – Sometimes your fabric may have the right amount of stretch but it doesn’t “bounce back” very well. This is your fabric’s recovery. You will want a strong recovery to your fabric to avoid sagging cabooses and legs as they are being worn.
- Hardware – 1 zipper, 1 tack button, and 4 rivets are required to make your jeans. It can be challenging to find all of these hardware pieces in one place, so shop from our hardware kits to save both time and shipping costs.
Organ Denim Jeans Sewing Machine Needles | COMBO 5-PACK$4.49 Add to cart
YKK #4.5 Jean Zipper – 1 count$0.99 Select options
Jean Hardware KitFrom: $5.18 Select options
Dark Indigo COMFORT Stretch Denim Fabric – By The Yard$13.49 Add to cart
USA MADE – Medium Wash COMFORT Stretch Denim Fabric – By The Yard$13.49 Add to cart
Dark Indigo / Black BALANCE Stretch Denim Twill Fabric – By The Yard$11.49 Add to cart
8mm Flat Jean Rivet Setting Tool$5.99 Add to cart
Single Cap Flat Jean Rivets – 6 pack$2.49 Select options
Designer Jean Sewing Kit | Stretch Denim and Jean Hardware BundleFrom: $5.18 Select options
Step Four – Prep Your Fabric
You will need to consider a few things before you prep your fabric. How often do you need to wash your jeans? Does the longevity of your jeans matter to you? How custom do you want these bad boys to be? Understanding these questions and how you will want to prep your fabric based on your answers to them can be found in our Denim Care Guide. Or just watch the video!
Watch the raw denim care video:
Step Five – Sew Them Up
Follow your pattern’s instructions to construct your jeans! Quick tip though – plan on your first pair being a “tester”. Jeans require a bit of adjusting so save your favorite fabric for your second pair.
Step Six – Make Alterations
Your body is unique to you – so sew your jeans to fit it perfectly! There is no need to settle for poorly fitting jeans when you are making them yourself.
Things You Should Adjust For Before Sewing:
- Inseam length (height adjusting)
- Grade between sizes to fit you
Things You Should Adjust After Sewing:
- Crotch length and depth (everyone is shaped differently)
- Booty shape
- Back pocket locations
- Adjusting ease in the legs to fit you perfectly
Use our alterations guide (included in every DIBY Club jean pattern) to make the proper adjustments to your pants.
Download the Guide to Custom Fit Your Jeans
Get the ultimate instruction manual to custom fit your handmade jeans!