Monday, January 25, 2010

quick fix for tired elastic

We recently bought Kelby some pants at a thrift store, but I later realized that the elastic on this pair was shot and there was no way they'd stay up. Soooo, after some thinking about it, I came up with a simple fix. Here's a tutorial of sorts...

Measure the actual size of the waistband and cut a strip of fabric that length by the width of the waistband plus one inch. I cut mine 2" wide. Also, measure your kiddo's waist, or if they are napping like mine was :) measure the waistband of a pair of pants that fits well. Cut your 1" wide elastic this length. Press the short ends of your fabric under a quarter inch, then press the long sides in slightly less than half an inch, so it looks like this...

Next, turn your pants inside out and sew your fabric strip onto the inside of the waistband, staying close the the pressed edges, like so...
(The pressed-under short ends should almost meet.)

Thread your elastic through the new casing with a large safety pin. Overlap the ends of the elastic and stitch them together. No need to stitch the casing ends together, since you turned the raw edges under.

Turn the pants right side out and there ya go! Done and done.

Lastly, put the pants on your little one and take a picture of the cute toosh :)

Thanks, Mom. But this won't stop me from taking all these clothes off like a ninja at nap time and peeing all over my bed....again.


  1. that is so great and so resourceful...

  2. What a great idea! And what a cute post!

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  4. Dear Nikki,
    I am sorry to say that we can no longer be friends. This must come as a shock....but in my defense, I really had no idea how awesome you were. Please do not post anything that will make my talents seem so miniscule. Good day.
    Gymnastic Mom

  5. good on ya! you do a long line of "make doers" proud. Personally, I find your blogs inspirational and a sort of "kick in the rear" creatively :)