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Old 06-06-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
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Picture tutorial: How to put an elastic waistband into wool

Last time I put elastic in a skirty I had made I took pics intending to post a tutorial on this, so here it is finally! This is actually the first soaker I crocheted last September but I added a skirty and did a little sewing to close up the inevitable gaps I had since it was my first one, and now it has gone on to a new home. This is really easy to do, and I'm sure there are many ways of doing it, but this seemed the easiest to me.

One thing to remember is that when you are adding elastic to shorties that are already made, you are going to shorten your rise. The minimum amount you will shorten your rise is double the width of the elastic you are using, so if you use 1/2" elastic, you will take about 1" off your rise. This is a great way to make woolies that are too big in the waist & rise fit now instead of waiting for your little one to grow into them! And it's easily reversible, all you have to do is cut the stitches you made to encase the elastic. If you have a different way of doing it or just constructive criticism I would love to hear it!

1. Figure out how long you need your elastic and cut it. My dd's waist is 18", so I use a piece of polybraid elastic (1/2"-3/4" is what I usually use, but different sizes will work depending on how much extra you have in the rise to sacrifice) and cut it about 1/2" longer. Then I overlap the two piece, sew them with a sewing machine on a wide zig-zag a few times back & forth, and it's ready to go.

Sewing it:


What it looks like after it's sewn:


2. Next, get your shorties/skirty/whatever woolies you are using, and turn them inside out. Put the elastic around the top of the shorties and fold down the shorties over the elastic to make a casing.

Around the inside-out shorties


Folding down the shorties to make a casing


3. Using a yarn needle (big plastic one) with coordinating yarn or thread, sew a slip stitch around the shorties where the folded over waistband meets the body. You can also use a crochet hook to do this and use a slip stitch, I have done that on a few of my pieces and it looks nice too, but I think the yarn needle is easier.

Sewing the elastic casing


4. When you get done sewing all the way around, secure the thread (a knot) and use the needle (or a crochet hook) to pull the yarn into the waistband so it's under the yarn & against the elastic (to hide the end). Pull it a little tight before you cut it so it will snap back into the waistband & it will be hidden!

Pulling the yarn tight before cutting




All done! (actually this skirty got some more trim put on it, but the elastic is done)


And a picture of her royal cutie pie wearing it afterwards just for fun...


Thanks for looking!

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That is great. And your DD is too cute for words!
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wow what a cute idea. so simple!
your daughter is precious!!
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Thanks so much for this. I really needed it.
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Quick question: Will this method work for recycled longies? I made some from a sweater and now I need to do elastic. This looks relatively easy, but before I completely mess up my longies, I wanted to check that this would work. Thanks!
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Quick question: Will this method work for recycled longies? I made some from a sweater and now I need to do elastic. This looks relatively easy, but before I completely mess up my longies, I wanted to check that this would work. Thanks!
Yes, it would work if you want to do it by hand, but I think what you're looking for is this... http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...cycled+longies

If you are making wool longies and don't have a serger to serge the edge before you turn it over for the elastic casing, I would use a zig-zag stitch on the edge of the wool to make sure it doesn't unravel.
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Yes, it would work if you want to do it by hand, but I think what you're looking for is this... http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...cycled+longies

If you are making wool longies and don't have a serger to serge the edge before you turn it over for the elastic casing, I would use a zig-zag stitch on the edge of the wool to make sure it doesn't unravel.
Thanks! Doing this now!
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