Hemming your pants….with duck tape!

(Note to readers: I did this post a year ago and the tape is still holding perfectly! Through a zillion washes! However, I bought colored duct tape and it didn’t work as well. Use the old-school gray stuff!)
Today I’m going to share with you my latest “trick”.
Maybe it’s not even really a project….
Maybe it’s more likely to stop you from having to do projects……
Pants hemming projects, that is.
Are you super short? I am.
I’m 5’2” and I have to hem ALL of my pants!
Even the ones that are labeled as “short” (you know the ones for short people?)…..
Yep, I have to hem them too.
I have a $10 pants limit, so if they fit and are cute….
and they’re under $10, ….
they’re mine!
and this often leads to…..
longer pants that need lots of hemming.
and then what does needing to hem pants cause….
a bunch of pants in my closet that I have to either where with platforms, heels, or not wear them at all…
until I hem them.
Which will be……
who knows when!
A lady at church told me to try this.
She said the tape even lasts through about 6 wash cycles!
So far, I’ve worn these hemmed, super stretchy, slightly flared pants for most of the road trip.
The tape is workin’ out beautifully!


So if you have to hem your pants….
and you never really seem to get around to doing that
and therefore have to wear them with tall, uncomfortable shoes, or just not wear them at all..
try Duct Taping them!
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  1. Katie, great idea. I would like to invite you to come join our Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! I know my readers would also like this great tip, as they love anything duck tape!
    Thanks, Tami @ Curb Alert!

    • Thank you for linking up to our Friday Block Party and also including your fabulous pillow. Now off to go find me some duck tape! Have a great weekend and hope to see you again next Friday!
      Tami @ Curb Alert!

  2. Katie- That is funny! I used to tape up a droopy skirt hem with regular tape until I could get “at it”…this looks like a great idea for pants! xo Diana

  3. Stopping by from the Anything Goes Linky! http://kingofsaving.com

  4. Brilliant! I couldn’t hem a pair of pants to save my life and this is SO much better than just folding them under and hoping that they stay put. Thanks for passing on the tip!

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

  5. Great tip!

  6. awesome!~ the stich witch never works right when I do it…but I am slightly challenged.

  7. Katie,

    I followed you over from Bacon Time’s Link Party and I LOVE this tip. I would love it if you shared this on my link party. http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend.


  8. Great tip! I’m also 5’2” so I completely understand:) Stopping by from Free for All.


  9. lol! You’re a genious! This is a hell of a project!

  10. I never would have thought to try that. Your so creative. I would like to invite you to stop by my blog and share this at my Party the Sunday Round UP. @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

  11. Hi! Visiting from CRAFT. What a awesome tip! Thank you thank you! I am short.. and pants are hard to find in a fit I like that are also short. Going to try this ASAP! 🙂

  12. Have you tried fabric glue? That lasts, can be ironed, and is easy too.

  13. What a smart idea- thanks for the tip! If you have some time I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog and check out the giveaway I’m having for a Ramsign Home sign!

  14. Good idea. But does the tape leave a residue?

    • Good question! ..ok, so I had to go pull some tape off my pants after you asked because I was curious. It was clean 🙂 No residue. Although, I started thinking…since it’s duck tape, you might not want to use it on delicate fabric. When you go to pull it off, it could be a little damaging. …Just a thought.

      I’m not sure if it would leave residue after washing, but I haven’t washed my pants with the duct tape yet, and when I pulled the tape off, it looked fine underneath. 🙂

  15. This is a great idea!! So simple and brilliant. I’m pinning this for sure. Thanks for linking up to Romance on a Dime!!

  16. Love it, great idea! Once we visited my in-laws and I forgot to bring shoes for my toddler (he was asleep when we got there) so I made him some out of duct tape! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at “Pin It & Win It Wednesday” at http://www.cheapcraftymama.com!

  17. such a great trick/idea!! my husband has been slacking on getting his groomsman pants hemmed & he needs them NEXT WEEKEND — have a feeling i’ll be breakin’ out the duct tape!

  18. such a great timesaver..
    thanks for sharing

  19. Pinned it, I really need to do that! I’m 5’6, but my new “short” jeans are still too long!


  20. Great tip!

  21. wow! now that’s my kind of quick fix… I’m doing it… fabulous idea!

  22. Pure genius!!

  23. Cool idea especially since I can’t sew! I’ll have to try this one! Thanks for linking up this week!

  24. Ever tried double sided tape? Every office should keep a roll in their stationary cupboard for skirt hems that decide to unravel while you’re at work!

  25. Nice! I’m short and I can’t sew so this is perfect for me 🙂

  26. This is my kind of “sewing”, LOL! Thanks for linking up to my party!! Have a great weekend 🙂

  27. I don’t sew…perfect solution, LOVE it!!! Cheers ~ Mary (sweetlittlebluebird.com)
    *saw your share at the Frugal Girls, Chic & Crafty Link party.

  28. This is seriously awesome! I’m the same size and find myself needing to hem pants all the time, too. Great solution! I usually use the iron-on fusible tape for my pants, which holds up well, but doesn’t work so hot on denim. Thanks for sharing!

  29. This is my kind of hemming! Thank you for sharing this genius idea!

  30. Duct tape has so many uses! Love your sandals too! Hugs and happy weekend wishes!

  31. This is such a good idea for us shorties (5′ 1″ here)! Will absolutely have to try!

    Take care,


  32. I didn’t know it makes a good trick with that. I prefer sewing it thought as it lasts forever:)

    Hopping by and following your FB, twitter and Pinterest.

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    Hope to see ya there:)

  33. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up ! Feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you like and thanks for linking up!

  34. Katie, this is right up my alley since I don’t trust myself with a needle and thread for anything! 🙂
    Great idea!

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  35. So clever – love it!! Thanks! 🙂

  36. Great tip! Just what I’m looking for. I have a pair of pants that need a temp hem. I normally wear with 4″ heels and are fine but need to wear tonight with 2″ shoes. Thanks! Now I can wear with both!!

  37. Barbara Bruckner says:

    Thanks for the tip. Will try it

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