3 Easy Methods to Hem Leather Pants

Do you want to make your leather pants shorter and fit your length? It is not as difficult as you think and you can do it on your own without spending any money. Stay with us as we have it all sorted with ways in which you can hem your pants the right way.

How To Hem Leather Pants

Leather Pants

Leather pants can be hemmed like other pants you wear, made with different materials. You can sew it using a needle and thread or use fabric tape or glue to hem your pants. Whichever you choose, first, you have to measure the exact length you want your pants to be. Then, after leaving 1 to ½ inch of the hem allowance, cut out the extra material. Now, you can hem the garment.

Read on to learn how you can sew a hem for leather pants and how you can hem them without sewing. We will also discuss which is the appropriate place to hem your pants.

Method 1. Hem Leather Pants By Sewing

Leather Pants

There is not much of a hassle involved in the process of hemming leather pants by sewing. You do not have to worry about it. In this section, we will help you with a step-by-step approach to hem your lower garment. Let us take a look at it.


The following things mentioned below will help you with the process of hemming your leather pants.

  • Chalk
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • A piece of cloth
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • A pair of scissors


Step 1: Put your pants to know the exact length that you need.

Step 2: Mark the length with chalk. It will help if you do not use pins to mark it because pinholes can be easily visible on leather material.

Step 3: To sew the leather pants, take a needle of the size 14 or 16. You must choose the correct one; otherwise, it will hamper the process of sewing.

Step 4: It would be best if you used a nylon thread. It is quite durable for materials such as leather.

Step 5: Now, cut off the extra material. It would help to leave 1 to ½ inches of the fabric to sew the hem comfortably.

Step 6: Fold up the edges of the pants to the spot you had marked.

Step 7: Place the thin cloth on it and press with an iron.

Step 8: Now, you sew the hem either with a sewing machine or with your hand. Whichever way you choose, you can use a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch.

Method 2. Hem Leather Pants Without Sewing

Leather Pants

Initially, hemming leather pants without sewing is the same as the steps mentioned above. In this section, we will discuss in steps wise how to hem leather pants without sewing. Let us take a look at them.


The things that are mentioned below are essential for the process.

  • Chalk
  • A piece of cloth
  • Iron
  • Both-sided fabric tape
  • A pair of scissors


Step 1: First, follow Step 1 and Step 2 to know and mark your leather pants’ length.

Step 2: After following these steps, you need to fold the pants’ edges up to the mark.

Step 3: Put the thin cloth on the pants, and press the folded area with an iron in a dry heat setting.

Step 4: Cut off any extra material after leaving 1 to ½ inch of fabric from the length you have marked.

Step 5: Now place the fabric tape in the correct spot where it will not be visible from the outside.

Step 6: Iron press the pants again. It would help if you made sure the tape sticks on both sides of the material. It would be best if the tape is durable enough to hold the leather in place after enduring all the physical activities the person goes through.

Method 3. Hem Leather Pants With Glue

Leather Pants

Another option to consider if you are feeling lazy to sew the hem or seek help from a professional is hemming your lower garment with glue. It works just fine and will also help you save some money. Let us take a look at the steps of how to do it below.


The following are the things required for the process.

  • Chalk
  • A pair of scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric clip


Step 1: Follow Steps 1 and 2 of the previous sections.

Step 2: Cut out the extra leather after leaving 1 to ½ inch of fabric from the mark.

Step 3: Apply the glue directly on the leather. You can also take the adhesive on a plate and spread it evenly on the hem allowance with a brush.

Step 4: Fold the hem up and press it firmly.

Step 5: Smooth out the leather and hold the hem up with a fabric clip.

Step 6: Now, let it dry.

Where Can You Hem Your Leather Pants?

Leather Pants

There is no specialized shop or location for these leather pants. It can be done in any place you take your other garments for alteration. You can try out the three sites mentioned below.

  • If you like dealing with challenging fabrics, you can try hemming the leather pants on your own- by hand sewing it, or by using a serger, or fold and stick it using tape or glue.
  • You can go to professionals such as tailors, sewists, or even dry cleaners to hem your leather pants. They are a reliable place to seek help because they have the technical know-how, experience, and most significant of them all is that they have the equipment to deal with leather.
  • Under some circumstances, working with leather can be difficult on your own; in such situations, you can turn to a leather maker. They have the knowledge as well as the experience of dealing with the fabric. Doing so will ensure that your pants look amazing.

How Much Does It Cost To Hem Your Pants?

The cost to hem your pants varies from person to person. The cost of fabric alteration falls into different categories like hemming pants, dresses and skirts  ranges from $10 to $25 depending upon the severity of the issue. If you want to shorten your sleeves, it may cost you somewhere between $15 to $40. The best part, if you choose to do it yourself, you can save on money. It does not involve much of a hassle if you can handle heavy fabrics like leather. You can do it yourself or choose to seek help from a professional. However, getting help from the latter is a safer option if you are not confident with such material.

Can You Shorten Leather Trousers?

Yes, you can shorten or hem leather trousers. These can be done like you would with any other garment made of different materials. You can choose to hem your lower garment to the desired length by sewing it or folding and sticking it up with fabric tape or glue. Doing it independently will help save you some money. To get a more finished look, you can also look out for a professional such as a tailor, sewer, or leather maker. Their experience, technical know-how, and knowledge will help you get the best results for your trousers.

What Glue Do You Use On Leather?

Well, it will depend on what purpose you are using the leather for. If you want to stick leather upholstery together, it would be best to go with leather glue. It helps because such types of material are stiff. However, if you are working with a leather garment, it would help choose a fabric glue. This adhesive is good enough to hold leather apparel together in place. It would be best if you never used leather glue on garments because there are chances of spoiling it.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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