How to Fix Loose-Fitting Jeans Without Sewing

A.N. Pike

While losing weight can feel great, putting a dent in your wallet to buy all new clothing does not. When your jeans are too loose, they look baggy and unattractive. Instead of shelling out the money for a brand new pair, try this method to shrink your current pair to fit your smaller frame.

Shrink your loose-fitting jeans in hot water.
  1. Fill a large pot of water a little more than halfway with tap water. Place the pot on your stove burner. Turn the burner on high heat.

  2. Let the water come to a rolling boil. Turn the heat down to medium heat and let the water continue boiling.

  3. Add your jeans to the boiling water. Push the jeans down into the water with a large wooden spoon. Watch the pot as the water heats back up to boiling. Place a lid on the pot. Let the fabric boil for 20 to 30 minutes. Turn the heat down after a few minutes of boiling so the water does not boil over. If the water stops boiling, turn the heat back up.

  4. Turn the heat off after 15 to 20 minutes. Let the jeans sit in the hot water for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the pot from the stove using oven mitts. Remove the lid and drain the pot into the sink.

  5. Squeeze the water out of your jeans. Keep the oven mitts on so you do not burn your hands.

  6. Place your jeans in a dryer. Turn the dryer heat on high. Tumble dry your jeans slowly for 80 minutes. After drying, let the jeans sit in the hot dryer for an additional 20 minutes. Keeping your jeans in the dryer while it is still warm exposes the fabric to additional heat, which helps the shrinking process.

  7. Tip

    Once your jeans are cool, try them on. If the jeans still feel too loose, repeat the shrinking process. Some companies sell removable buttons that attach to the waist of your jeans. These buttons allow you to adjust your jeans to be more tight or loose without having to sew anything. If your jeans are not 100% cotton, you may have to re-shrink them in the washer after wearing. Wash polyester blend jeans in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. 100% cotton jeans shrink better than blends.


    Always wear oven mitts when you handle hot water. If you do not cover up your skin and water drips on you, you can seriously injure yourself.

    Make sure there is nothing in the pockets before you put your jeans in the boiling water.