Good news: Shortening too-long jeans (aka hemming jeans) is the easiest alteration you can make to denim pants. A tailor or seamstress can shorten them, either by cutting off some fabric and redoing the hems or taking up the hems in a way that doesn’t involve cutting the fabric.
The best temporary way to tighten pants without a belt is to use a safety pin, shoelace, or suspenders. The simplest permanent way to tighten pants without a belt is to take in the side seams or pay a tailor to alter the waist. Shrinking the pants will also permanently resize the waist.
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Keep the fabric pinched. Use fabric chalk or a highlighter to make a small line inside the jeans on each side of the pinched fabric where you will want your new, smaller waistband to touch. Cut two slits in the inner waistband to allow the elastic through.
Method 2: Boil the jeans
It’s hard to tell how much your pants will shrink in any given time. To boil jeans, place them in a hot pot of water for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how much you want the item to size down. Then, toss in a dryer on the highest setting for for the most-effective shrink.