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Craft lessons: Easy waistband elastic

Sewing  |  September 13th 2011  |  0 Comment

How to make baby pants

Craft lessons: Easy waistband elastic

  1. Start with whatever pair of pants you are planning to put the elastic in.IMG_0809
  2. Decide what you want the finished waist size to be (keep in mind if you are measuring yourself, or your child’s waist you will need to remove a few inches from the measurement), add half an inch (for overlap) and cut the elastic that length. For example, before getting preggers my waist measurement was 27″, I would then take off 2 inches (to make sure whatever I’m making stays up) then add on half an inch for the elastic overlap, leaving me with 25.5″ of elastic.
  3. Overlap the elastic by 1/4″ on each side, then use a zig zag stitch to attach the two pieces of elastic together.IMG_0812
  4. Mark the elastic in quarters (representing the front, back and 2 sides)IMG_0813
  5. Match up the markers on your elastic with the front seam, back seam and 2 side seams, and so that it is 1/2″ away from the serged edge. Pin in place.IMG_0816
  6. Attach the elastic to the pants using a wide and long zig zag stitch on your machine, stretching the elastic as you go so that it matches up with the fabric.IMG_0818IMG_0819
  7. Fold over the waistband, encasing the elastic.IMG_0820IMG_0822
  8. Stitch 1/4″ from the serged edge, once again stretching as you go so that the fabric lines up properly.IMG_0824IMG_0826
  9. Voila, an elastic waistband that won’t twist :) How to make baby pants

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Source: @blog.megannielsen.com