Tutorial (in progress):
-Most of you guys won't need this, okay almost all of you, but I know there are sewing noobs out there that it will help, so it's here. Use it or don't.
-Put the pants on, decide how short you want them. If you aren't sure, compare them to another pair of capri's. (See photo one, above). Since we are going for a cuffed look, you want to cut them about 3" shorter than the finished pants will be (the 4" cuff will add that 3" back to it)
-Draw a line on ONE LEG (have someone else do it) where you want to cut them. Sharpies are good for this.
-Cut off one leg. Put the decapitated piece on the other (whole) leg, and cut it to match.
-Now, my cuff was 4". Cut those off, try to make them straight. Each of your jeans legs should be in 3 pieces now. Discard the center piece (or make a cut purse out of it or something).
-Turn the cuff wrongside out. Put it, RIGHT sides together with the pants, so you put the cuff around the pants, like so:
***note, if your cuff is BIGGER than your leg (if the jeans flare out at the bottom), you will have to cut it and make it the same size, or you'll have a ruffle instead of a cuff. Your call.
-Pin them together, CAREFULLY matching up the outside seams especially (the lines that run on the inside and outside of the leg):
Now you have a tube-o-pins!
-Sew it! Go slow, and try not to break your sewing needle (switch to a heavy duty one if you have one). Done!
-Flip it rightside out! Make sure it's mostly straight....
-Try them on again to check the length:
-Do the same thing to the other one.
(Go ahead, I'll wait for you......)
-Okay, try them on again to check them:
Say, "oh no!!!!! they are crooked! Ugh, how did I do that?" Go show your husband, and have a good laugh. Then, fix it. Wait, that's what I did, you shouldn't do all that. Skip to the next step.
-Sew the cuffs flat. With your thread as close to the same color as the jean's thread (mine was ecru/tan colored), stitch the cuff flat:
It's hard to see, but it's there, just below the fold.
-Try them on, take silly pics in the shower door mirror, and prance around at your craftastic thrifyness! or is it thriftastic craftiness? Either is fine.
Technically, I have 2 more steps to do. I'm going to rub the cuffs with a bit of sandpaper to get them worn so they match the part where they connect with the pants, especially on the fold. Then, wash them.
Hope this helps some other sewing noobs... We've all been there before! Well, most of us.