Add Leather Cuffs to Your Jeans in 5 Steps


By Kristi Murphy

Since the Emmys aired and Lauren Conrad unveiled her bridesmaid dresses, we have been particularly inspired to amp up our wardrobes here at Brit + Co. But because we don’t have any as-formal event on our radars, we decided to makeover a piece of clothing we’ll be practically living in all fall long — our jeans. And since we’ve hemmedcolor blocked and added zippers to our other pairs, we’re tricking out our latest live-ins with leather cuffs. Follow our tutorial below to turn your everyday jeans into a chic closet staple in just five steps.

- straight-leg jeans (make sure the ends of the jeans are fairly loose so there is room for the leather)
- leather or faux leather
- jean finishing thread

- sewing machine
- leather sewing machine needle
- cloth tape measure


1. Measure the length and width of leather you will need for each cuff to fit your personal style.

2. Cut your leather pieces to size.

3. Sew the ends of each leather piece, suede side out.

4. Turn your jeans inside out, then sew the cuffs onto the ends of each leg.

5. Cuff your jeans up and wear ‘em out!

This is how basic sewing skills can make a big impact on your wardrobe. With those chic-looking cuffs, this tried-and-true denim feels totally brand new.