How to crop your Levi's® 501® Jeans

May 2022


Representing the past, present and future of style, Levi’s® 501® Jeans are a denim legend—at any length, in every iteration.

If you’re not so into the baggy trend, prefer cropped jeans, have a vintage pair you want to give a second life to or just want to add your signature style to the iconic fit; you can give yours a personal touch by cropping the length and adding a raw hem for a boyfriend finish that will never go out of style.

Here’s our tailor’s guide to how to crop your Levi’s® 501® jeans and create a raw hem.


1. Choose your desired length. The easiest way to do this is to put on the jeans and fold each leg up until it’s just right. Carefully remove the jeans and measure the cuff length. If you plan on wearing your cropped jeans with a folded cuff, take that into account and allow for the extra length of the fold. Otherwise if you’re going for a raw hem, just like this will do the trick.

2. Fold down the cuff, then measure out and mark the cut-line with tailor’s chalk. An alternative method is to iron along the crease, which will leave a clear line.

3. Make your cuts.


4. We love a raw hem with a bit of fraying. If you want to wear the cropped jeans with a frayed hem, you can tweeze the edge to get the amount you desire, or even hit the raw hem of the jeans against your hands which encourages fraying, then complete it but rubbing with some sandpaper to get it just right.

5. If you prefer a cuffed look, fold the legs to the desired length and measure to be sure both legs are even. Use an iron to lock the crease into place.

How to Crop Denim Jeans

How to Crop Denim Jeans

If you don’t feel confident doing it yourself, drop into one of our stores with a Tailor Shop, where a tailor can give you a personalised service and get them just right for you.

Want to add a pair of iconic 501®s to your wardrobe? Find your perfect pair here