Pay attention to these ironing tips to iron your pants perfectly. Crisply ironed pants help create a pulled-together look. Follow these simple steps for a quick, flawless press?with creases or without. Learn how to iron pants with the folks from Martha Stewart's REAL SIMPLE.
What You Need
Iron, ironing board, pair of pants
Follow These Five Easy Steps
How To: Iron Pants Step 1
Iron the pockets
Turn pants inside out. Iron pockets first, laying them flat against the board.
How To: Iron Pants Step 2
Iron fly, seams, and hems
Iron the fly area of the pants, then the seams and hem of the first leg. Go back and forth for a nice, flat finish. Repeat on opposite leg, then turn the pants right-side out.
How To: Iron Pants Step 3
Iron the waistband
Slip the waistband around the board's narrow end, with the fly facing the floor. Iron waistband, rotating pants around the board as you go.
Tip: Iron lightly over the pockets to avoid creating creases with their outline.
How To: Iron Pants Step 4
Iron the legs
Fold the pants lengthwise to line up the legs, then lay pants on the board. Flip one leg up to iron the inside of the bottom leg, working in sections all the way to the crotch. Then flip pants over to iron the outside of that leg. Repeat this step on the other pant leg.
Tip: To avoid a side crease, iron just out to (but not directly over) the edge of each leg.
How To: Iron Pants Step 5
Set creases with steam
To create a front crease on your pant legs, align inseams and lay pants on board. Iron directly over the edges of the legs or give pants a burst of steam along the edge while holding the iron a few inches above the fabric.
Tip: Hang pants right away—and don't forget to unplug your iron.