How To Make Pants Bigger In The Hips

When buying pants, you may find some that fit perfectly at the waist but are a bit tight on the hips. You will have some discomfort as you sit and as you walk in your pants. You don’t have to throw these pants in the depths of your wardrobe. You can easily have them widened at the hips or do it yourself if you are adept at sewing.

Many who can sew feel that pants are easier to expand than other types of clothes. However, this depends on the fabric of the pants. Denim and cotton pants are considered some of the easiest fabrics to shrink or expand.

How Do You Make Pants Bigger In The Hips?

To make pants bigger at the hips, you need to measure your hips first. Then measure your pants hips size. The difference between the two measurements is how much more you need to expand your pants’ hips.

Cut two pieces of fabric for both sides of your pants in the required size. Cut open your pant’s waistline and snip a length of the sides of your pants from the waist. Sew the piece of fabric onto the sides of your pants. This effectively enlarges the size of the hips of your pants.

Sew your waistline back onto your pants and wear them comfortably.

Method 1. Sewing


Step 1. Measure your waist and hips. Then measure your pants hips and waist size. The difference between your actual hip measurements and that of your pants represents the measures by which you should increase the size of your pant’s hips.

Step 2. Cut off the waistband at the sides of your pants. Cut off both sides of the pants. This ensures that you can easily reach the seams of your pant’s hips. Don’t detach the waistband too much since you may have to restore it onto your pants.

Step 3. Snip the seams on the hips. Snip so that it goes as far as you need to so that you can meet the expected hip measurements. 

Step 4. Cut a piece of elastic band or fabric equal to the size by which you want to increase the pants in width. 


Step 5. Cut the elastic band into two parts. This ensures that you can attach your hip pants to the waistline of your pants. Place one piece on the waistband and sew it on the waistband at the position you made your cut. Then, attach the other piece at the end going down. Also, attach the remainder of your pant’s hips to the elastic band.

Step 6. Make sure to do this on both sides of your pants. Make sure to share out the measurements needed on both sides of the pants. When you have finished expanding your pants, re-attach the waistline properly. Sew all around the waistline to make sure that it sits firmly on your pants.

Step 7. Try on your pants. Confirm that they are now more comfortable at the hips after sewing in the pieces of elastic bands to expand them. Also, make sure that the waist fits as perfectly as it did before you started the alterations. 

Method 2. Wetting Your Pants

wetting your pants

Step 1. Put your pants in the wash. Use only cold or lukewarm water. Slightly hot to hot water makes the founders of the language disappear.

Step 2. As soon as the timer goes off, take your pants out of the wash. They are easier to work on when they are still dripping water. 

Step 3. Stretch the parts of the pants that you want to stretch. Pull your pants to the size that you want to stretch to, Then hang the parts on a clothesline while they are still pulled. You can use pins to hold them in place and to mark the part you are stretching. Air dry for 30 minutes.

Step 4. Stop air-drying your pants. Place it on the ground while still damp. Step on one side of the pants and pull on the other until you have your pants turn into the desired shape. Turn the pants around so that you can now pull on the other side. Pull until you can feel or observe a change in the stretch of your pants,

Step 5. Wear your pants while they are still damp. Do some stretches and squats or jog on the spot to effectively stretch the remaining part of the pants. Let the pants dry while on your body. If you iron or put them in the dryer, your pants will be restored to their original size. Avoid ironing or machine drying. You can take them off and air dries them until you can wear them.  

Step 6. If your plants are made of polyester or fabric, you can take them to a professional seamstress to help stretch them for you.

Method 3. Stretch With Heat

stretch with heat

Step 1. This method is most suitable for stretching denim fabric pants. Make sure that you are in a room with an electrical socket and that the floor is clean. Or, you can find an item that you can use to place the pants on as flat as possible and as close to the socket as possible. You can also place your pants on the bed in the bedroom. You also need a hairdryer as a source of heat.

Step 2. Plug your hair dryer into the socket and turn it on. Hold it about 6 inches from your denim pants. Move it up and down and around the hips part of your pants to make them bigger. Moving the hairdryer allows for uniform heat to be applied on the hip part to expand uniformly. 

When you finish with the first side, turn your pants around and heat the other side similarly. 

Step 3. When you have finished heating with your hairdryer, use your hands. Start on one foot then the other. Hold opposite sides of the hips with either hand and pull as hard as possible. Alternatively, you can insert both hands into one side of the pants and pull your hands apart as hard as possible. This will help to expand your pants even further than the hairdryer did. The heat helps to make the pants stretch easily. 

Repeat for the other foot of the pants. 

Step 4. Wear your pants. Confirm that your pants are a better fit after stretching them out. If the stretch on the hips is not enough, you can repeat the process until you have your pants fit you comfortably. 

What Can You Do If Your Pants Don’t Fit?

Don’t panic if you find yourself in a situation where your pants don’t fit. They may have become larger or smaller than you. There are several ways you can get yourself into the non-fitting pants comfortably and easily. 

If your pants are too tight, you can use a rubber band to expand them and make them fit you perfectly. First, wear your pants up to your waist. Since you can’t get the button into the buttonhole, place a rubber band over the button. Insert the other end of the rubber band into the buttonhole and then onto the button. You can go about your activities for the day comfortably.

what can you do if your pants don’t fit 

You can also make your pants tighter if you find them too loose. You will need several safety pins for this solution. Gather some fabric around the top of your back pockets. Hold the gathered fabrics with a safety pin. Do this for each back pocket. If the pants still don’t fit, gather some fabric from the sides and hold it with safety pins until it fits. This ensures that your pants are uniformly sat around your waist. It also ensures that your pants stay on you even when one of the safety pins falls off. 

If your pants are too long, you can make them shorter with duct tape. Fold up the length of the bottom part of the pants to your desired length. Fix them hem in place with duct tape. This will hold for a long time before you shorten the hem. 

Uncommon Method To Make Your Pants Smaller Without Sewing

If you need to make your pants smaller, you can easily carry out some sewn alterations. If you don’t want to sew, you can use this uncommon method to make your pants smaller. 

Consider boiling your pants to make them smaller. To do this effectively, you will need to first turn them inside out. Second, place them in a saucepan and cover them with water. Start a fire and place the saucepan on it.

Let the water boil completely before turning off the fire. Take your pants from the hot water and place them in the drier. Dry at high heat for a much longer time. This will make your pants smaller. 

Wear your pants. You will feel that they fit much better. 



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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